Haywood County Schools previously announced a goal for returning to in-person learning as early as September 21, 2020. Schools will begin communicating with families to determine their intent to have (1) a rotation of in-person and remote learning, or (2) remote learning only. The in-person schedule cannot be established until the actual number of in-person students is determined. The collected intent information will impact instructional schedules, staffing needs, and bus accommodations. Student and parent participation in providing their intent information is critical for effective planning by the schools.

Schools will begin reaching out to families no later than Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Identifying each family’s intent is scheduled to be completed by Friday, September 11, 2020. School administrators will sort the collected intent data for the system’s approximately 7,000 students. A report will be made to the Board of Education at the regularly scheduled Board Meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020. An announcement about large-scale in-person learning will be made no later than Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

“There are many factors to consider in making a decision about the timing of in-person learning,” said Dr. Bill Nolte, Superintendent. “In addition to health and safety, two additional key factors are the actual number of students who plan to attend in-person and staffing for both in-person learning and remote only learning.”

Contact: Dr. Bill Nolte, Superintendent