Williamson County Schools expected to announce decision on return to school July 23

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Updated July 22, 12:35 p.m.

Officials with Williamson County Schools announced it will make an announcement regarding the return to schools July 23 at 2:30 p.m. on the district' YouTube channel.

The district will also be calling and emailing families in the same time frame, according to an announcement from the district via social media.

Parents and students can find the district YouTube channel here.

Original post July 21, 7:30 p.m.

A decision on how students will return to school for the start of the 2020-21 school year is expected to be made by the end of the week, according to a July 21 update from Williamson County Schools.

After approving a framework with different scenarios earlier this month, WCS officials will announce if students will be allowed to return to campus for in-person instruction—if they choose that option—or if all students will begin learning virtually.

While students could have the option to choose between in-person or virtual instruction, WCS' framework includes scenarios in which campuses could be closed based on how many active cases of coronavirus are in the county.

Should the number of active cases rise to a medium or high level, campuses could close to most students.

The threshold levels include:

Low spread: Less than 0.5% of active cases, or fewer than 1,192 active cases

Medium spread: Between 0.5%-1% of active cases, or between 1,192-2,384 active cases

High spread: Greater than 1% of active cases, or more than 2,384 active cases

As of July 21, Williamson County was in the medium spread level, however that number changes daily based on data from the county and the Tennessee Department from Health.

According to the framework, in the medium spread scenario, most students would receive instruction remotely, with only small groups of students allowed on-campus.

See more information about the reopening framework here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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