MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Schools are now announcing their return plans for the fall due to the global pandemic.
Many students across Tennessee are waiting daily to hear about the latest updates on what their attendance at school will be looking like.
News source, WKRN spoke on how the largest school in Tennessee’s will start to adapt to the new normal.
From Fisk University all the way to Tennessee Tech the schools around Tennessee are taking all the proper precautions of returning in the fall and while each of the schools have plans now, they could often be updated depending on the status of state.
Superintendent of instruction at Johnson City Schools said, “maintaining six feet of distance between students is something to think about it’s a challenge,” during an interview with WATE.
During the interview with Johnson City schools, some employees showed suggestions on how to social distance and keep a clean space. They suggested to sit across from each other at tables or stay six feet apart and other ways visually how the class should look, cleaning surfaces frequently, and a box full of masks and hand sanitizer that should be given out to students.
Some schools like University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee stated that they will not have a tuition increase, so students will have some relief about that.
On the other hand, although some schools like Belmont stated in an e-mail to students sent by Dr. Fisher, president of Belmont, ““For us to be successful in our return to campus we will have to do some things very differently to minimize the risk to ourselves and each other.”
At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has a website with all their updates on how they will regulate in the fall and the latest update discusses the changes made to student’s schedules from face-to-face instruction to online.
Since UTC has announced the recent alterations to the schedules housing facilities have offered students a cancellation of their housing since some may not return in the fall, stated in an e-mail.
UTC officials included that masks should always be worn if on campus and they even put down stickers to emphasize their social distancing.
As each school is steady monitoring the virus to update their plans, and according to TN health depart there have been 58,458 cases and they are steady on the rise.
There are still many precautions school officials have to take, but they are working to get things figured to continue in the new “normal”.