Press Release Update 2020-2021 School Year

Posted On: Thursday, September 24, 2020

Immediate Press Release:
September 24, 2020
After consultation with the Carter County and Regional Health Departments, Elizabethton City
Schools will transition from our current, two days a week in-person instruction plan, to four days
a week in-person instruction plan for students in grades 6-12 beginning October 5, 2020. Wednesday
will continue to be a remote day for all students in grades
Pre-K – 12. This will allow for deep cleaning procedures to continue at all school locations. This
change does not affect students who are on the distance learning track.
The local COVID-19 data and guidance from the local health department will continue to guide us as
we make informed decisions regarding our school schedules. We assure you that the safety of our
staff and students continues to be our number one concern. Even though Elizabethton City Schools
is taking numerous steps to minimize the risks associated with COVID-19, we cannot guarantee a
risk-free environment during a global pandemic. Social distancing will continue to be a challenge
in all our schools. Therefore, those entering district facilities assume and accept any risks
associated with being present in a building occupied by students, staff, visitors, and faculty members. The school system and the Carter County Health Department will continue to work together
on close contact tracing when positive cases are identified.
Elizabethton City Schools will continue providing daily updates of positive COVID -19 cases in each
school on the ECS COVID Dashboard. The dashboard will be updated by noon each day to keep parents,
staff, and the community updated about positive cases within the school system.
Principals at each school will send out notification by letter or email to each family when a positive case is identified within a school.
Please remember to check your child’s temperature before school and monitor for any symptoms of
sickness. If fever or other symptoms are present, please keep your child home to prevent further
spread of any sickness within the school system. Remind your child to wash their hands frequently
throughout the day and apply hand sanitizers often to reduce the spread of germs.
Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate these ever-changing times. To access all
Re-Entry Information and the ECS COVID Dashboard, please visit www.ecschools.net and the ECS social
media pages.
Richard VanHuss – Director of Schools




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