The Smith County Board of Education met for a special called meeting at 5:00 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

School board members sat apart from each other. Some school board members wore masks, and some school board members attended via Zoom.

Dr. Duke, chairman of the Smith County COVID-19 Task force, opened the meeting and discussed the infection rates of COVID-19 within the state and within the county, the latter in which the infection rate is currently over the ten percent threshold. “You’re asking for disaster” said Duke, when asked about re-opening on time without remote or virtual options to learning.

There have been 1200 Chromebooks ordered for the purpose of remote learning, and the board wants to be able to have some technology training for teachers and students.

After a lengthy meeting, the board voted and the proposal to open school on time with in person classes moved forward. You can watch the whole meeting below.

A meeting has been scheduled for Monday, Aug 3 at 5:00 pm.