Smith County Schools releases re-opening plan for 2020-2021 school year

July 10, 2020

On Friday, July 10, 2020, the Smith County School System released a “Structure for Learning” plan for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. 

The goal of the plan is “a traditional return to school for most students while offering a virtual learning experience for qualifying students who cannot return.”

Currently, Smith County Schools plans to operate with the approved calendar and implement a staggered return to school, beginning with a half-day on August 5 and a full day on August 7.

In the first few weeks, individual schools will have the flexibility to modify their return schedules to best fit each school’s needs, with the goal of being at full capacity as soon as possible. 

This model will allow for schools to reopen while still providing more time and flexibility to address necessary professional learning needs, technology updates, and support(s) for the most at-risk or trauma affected students. Individual schools will create a schedule to accommodate the size, demographics, and needs of their school population.

In the coming days, information specific to each school will be available on that school’s website and at the school. For questions, please call your school’s principal.

The Smith County School System’s plan presents three scenarios: (1) traditional on-campus learning with safety precautions, (2) a hybrid of on-campus and remote learning, and (3) remote learning for all students. 

Due to the ever-changing circumstances with COVID-19, a change in scenario may take place at any time.

More detailed information is expected to be released mid-July. 

You can view a statement from Director of Schools Barry Smith about the re-opening of Smith County Schools below. 

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