KCSD to require face coverings for students and staff

KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville Community School District will require face coverings for students and staff in grades 6-12 for the upcoming academic year.

Face coverings, whether masks or shields, are not required for pre-k through fifth grade but are highly recommended. Face coverings are required in grades 6-12 when indoors, on the bus or in the nurse’s office.

Other precautions include temperature checks, six feet of social distancing, health and safety training for staff and students, and sanitation. Parents are responsible for checking their children for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 each morning prior to sending them to school. Staff are also expected to check themselves for signs and symptoms before coming to school.

The district currently plans to deliver instruction through face-to-face learning this fall, with the option of off-site learning for students with pre-existing medical conditions or by personal choice. These students will use their iPad to attend class virtually through video conferencing and participate in activities and assignments through SeeSaw or Canvas.

Individual building plans will be provided at a later date. The first day of school is slated for Aug. 20.

Emily Hawk can be reached at 641-672-2581 or by email at ehawk@oskyherald.com.

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