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Front Page - Friday, May 22, 2020

School Reopening Task Force begins planning for the return




A school reopening task force is making plans for the return of children to school this fall.

Keith Fogleman, chief talent officer for Hamilton County Schools, and Lt. Colonel William Brooks, director of JROTC for Hamilton County Schools, will lead the work.

Fogleman and Brooks will work with staff, parents, students, business leaders and health professionals to prepare the plan for children to once again learn in classrooms.

“Hamilton County Schools is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff as we seek to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and return to classrooms,” the school system says in a news release.

“This unprecedented time for our world has created significant hurdles for our community. Just as businesses and organizations are looking for the best way to resume operation, the school district will examine all processes and procedures as it seeks to bring students back to school campuses in the fall.

“The district recognizes that our school reopening plans have a significant effect on our community. As the task force moves forward with its work, the district will provide regular updates to ensure staff, families and the community are prepared for what the next school year might look like.

“The Task Force will seek to minimize risks to public health, address impacts on student learning and well-being, recognize the importance of the local public school to the community and seek to optimize operational readiness.”

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson says the task force will reimagine every aspect of what the school district does to provide a safe return to classrooms.

“The fall will bring unique challenges, and we will work closely with public health officials at the local, state and national level, and defer to their expertise.”

Source: Hamilton County Schools