Williamson County Schools released a reopening framework plan for students and families on July 9 before school begins in early August, with students given the option to receive on-campus or remote instruction.
“We believe that for most students, on-campus school is the best instructional option,” Superintendent Jason Golden said in the plan. “While many families look forward to an on-campus return to school, others prefer to keep their children home during this pandemic due to the risk that will accompany any on-campus program. Recognizing those concerns, we plan to provide instruction on our school campuses, and we will be offering the WCS Online Program as an option for families this school year.”
According to the reopening framework from WCS, the district will be in communication with the Williamson County Health Department to determine whether to adjust plans based on the number of active COVID-19 cases in the county. If active coronavirus cases in areas of the county increase, certain schools could switch back from on-campus instruction to remote instruction while not necessarily changing plans for the entire school district, according to the framework documents.
Golden said WCS will still be implementing safety measures to guard against the spread of the coronavirus even though students will be able to return to school campuses in the fall, and school staff will reach out to families to ask whether they prefer their children return to on-campus learning or remote learning.
“If you choose for your child to attend school on campus, you can expect daily temperature checks, social distancing where feasible, and cloth or disposable face coverings to be worn by students and staff as noted in the plan,” Golden said in the plan. “If you believe that online learning is best, you can choose the WCS Online Program which includes daily teacher interaction. No matter the method, our teachers are prepared to deliver instruction to your child.”
A formal discussion regarding the reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year will take place at the next Williamson County Board of Commissioners meeting on July 13.