Hamilton County Enters Phase Three of COVID-19 Opening Schedule


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HAMILTON COUNTY ENTERS PHASE THREE OF COVID-19 OPENING SCHEDULE — Pictured is the updated Hamilton County Schools Phase Tracker found at hcde.org.

Blake Catlett, Editor

On Monday, August 31, Hamilton County entered Phase Three of their COVID-19 response for the 2020-21 school year. Hamilton County is recording roughly 1500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which meets the requirements to transition into Phase Three. This phase requires that all students that have not opted for HCS at home to attend school all days of the week.

“Currently, daily cases and hospitalizations are trending down, while average number of ICU patients is holding steady,” reads Hamilton County’s official website.

Phase Three is set to take place from August 31 to September 11. However, the true decider of when Phase Three will end is the circumstances revolving around COVID-19. The schedule for September 14 through September 24 will be announced Friday, September 7.

Even though the district is entering a new phase, in-school days are going to look the same as they have been. According to Principal Phil Iannarone, Central will keep all of its safety precautions in place through the transitions. These include requiring face coverings, maintaining appropriate social distancing, and regular hand-washing. Central will also keep its procedures related to hallway transitions, food service, campus entry, and limiting event attendance.

“Although this is very different from the way we did school in the past, it is the current way to keep schools open and people safe,” stated Iannarone.

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Central will still not be seeing its at-home students until next semester. Even though both students and teachers are new to this type of learning, the start of this school year has been smooth and teachers are consistent in their contact and expectations for students that are not on campus.

“I’m confident that we will continue to be successful even in the midst of the COVID crisis,” concluded Iannarone.

For updates on Hamilton County’s response, visit the county’s official site here.