On July 29, 2020, Blount County Schools started a regular schedule of in-person classes for those not opting for on-line learning.

Five days later the school system announced they are changing to a staggered in-person class schedule to reduce class sizes for better protection from COVID-19.

Blount County Schools will switch to a hybrid model for two weeks of learning that will see the number of days children attend school in-person reduced in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the area.

Blount County has had 1,120 cases of coronavirus, according to statistics released Monday by the Tennessee Department of Health. Some 870 of the cases were reported during July.

IMO, this was expected. Too many school systems trying to push in-person learning too soon. The President's advice should be ignored. Students, teachers, staff should not have to fear death by schools insisting on in-person classes.

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