Hamilton Co. Educators Prepare for Phase 3

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF)- Active coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have dropped in Hamilton County.

Now, the school district is transitioning back to in class learning five days a week.

“These children need to be in school” said school board member Dr. Highlander. “They need to learn.”

“You’re high risk, you have not received your vaccine, and the school district is going back to five day in person class sessions. What are your thoughts?” asked News 12’s Winston Reed.

“I do have concerns about not having the vaccine but I am taking all the precautions we’ve been asked to take and children need to be in the classroom” said Hamilton County teacher Michelle Gooden. “They do not learn well virtually and many children wern’t even able to get on the computer or have a computer. So I feel likie being in school is best for children.”

News 12 asked Dr. Highlander when he expects teachers to receive their vaccine.

“I’m not real sure. I understand that 1b, they hope to have it at least by the first of March and I’m hoping and praying that they get it by then if not sooner” said Dr. Highlander.

In the past Dr. Highlander has requested that teachers work remotely if they’re at high risk.

“Something that’s really important that a lot of the public needs to know is that our virtual school and our Hamilton County schools at home are still in effect for those families that don’t feel like it’s the best time to go back” said Dr. Highlander. “They can stay with Hamilton County Schools HCS at home.”

While educators surrounding Nashville have reportedly began receiving vaccines, there has been no announcements made at this time for Hamilton County educators to be vaccinated

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