Nine Hamilton County Schools go Virtual
UPDATE: Hamilton County added 5 new schools to the virtual learning list late Thursday:
|Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts||1/21-1/25|
|East Brainerd Elementary School||1/21-1/25|
|Lookout Valley Middle High School||1/21-1/25|
|Wolftever Creek Elementary School||1/21-1/25|
All after-school and extracurricular activities, including athletics, are canceled.
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Following widespread illness among staff, nine Hamilton County schools transitioned to virtual learning on Thursday.
Under Tennessee law, however, the school system has to apply for state waivers for virtual learning on a school-by-school basis.
“Our superintendent applies with the state and makes his case and shares with them the number of students or the number of staff that maybe have COVID, and then we get those waivers approved,” said Joe Smith, School Board member for District three.
While the law adds an extra step in transitioning a school from in-person to virtual, Hamilton County has found the process simple.
“I think it’s been a very simple process. The request that Superintendent Robertson has made, we got an answer back very quickly, within the same day. They set some pretty simple guidelines, and, from my side, it’s been a very simple process,” said James Walker, School Board member for District eight.
The aim of the law is to keep as many students in the classroom as possible.
“Kids learn better when they’re around other kids and they’re in front of a teacher, instead of sitting in front of a computer,” said Smith.
All members of the Hamilton County School Board were requested for comment, but many were unavailable.
The Hamilton County schools which have gone virtual are listed below:
Rivermont Elementary (January 20-24)
Nolan Elementary (January 20-24)
Harrison Elementary (January 20-24)
Spring Creek Elementary (January 20-24)
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (January 20-24)
Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts (January 20-24)
Chattanooga Center for the Creative Arts (January 20-24)
STEM School (January 20-21)
Hixson Elementary (January 20-24)
Ooltewah Elementary (January 20-21)