Smith County Schools announced that there would be no classes on Monday, November 23, 2020, and Tuesday, November 24, 2020, before the Thanksgiving break due to limited teacher/staff availability and significant student absences related to COVID-19 illness/exposure.
During the November Board of Education meeting on November 17, 2020, Brittany Binkley, Smith County Schools Lead Nurse, stated that there were 66 active COVID-19 cases among the school system, including students and staff, as of 4:00 pm Tuesday. She also said that there had been 96 positive COVID-19 cases since returning from fall break. The Tennessee Department of Health has reported 180 COVID-19 cases among school-age children in Smith County since the start of the pandemic.
A commitment was also made to sanitize the schools during the extended break before returning to a hybrid learning model on Monday, November 30, 2020, that will continue until Friday, February 12, 2020.
As part of the plan, every student in the county will participate in hybrid learning on Wednesdays; however, the rest of the week’s schedules vary by their grade, name, and school. Each school will be publishing a detailed schedule for its students. Please see the links below for each school in the county. Not all schools had posted plans at the time of publication of this article, but they should be published by the end of the day on Friday, November 20, 2020.