Two weeks ago, more 40,000 students entered Knox County classrooms. An additional 18,000 students logged onto virtual learning. Since reopening, the district has rolled out free meals for all students, bumped up pay for substitute teachers and added more detail to its public COVID-19 metrics
There is also a new plan to let after school childcare providers watch students on days when a school or the district is in the “red,” or operating virtually.
But Knox County Schools doesn’t operate in a bubble — if cases in the community go up, the district almost certainly will see more cases, too.
Lurking in the background of this school year is the specter of a districtwide shutdown like the one that brought schooling to...Read More