Press Release Update 2020-2021 School Year

Posted On: Monday, September 14, 2020

  Update 2020-2021 School Year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     September 14, 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 Pre- K – 5th grade beginning September 21, 2020. Grades 6-12 will remain on the hybrid two day a week in-person schedule for the immediate future.  Wednesday will continue to be a remote day for all students.  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 a 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 and the ECS social media pages.  

                                                                                                               Richard VanHuss – Director of Schools

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