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COVID drives ALL Elizabethton City Schools to hybrid

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR STAFF
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
In a major change to the current operation of Elizabethton City Schools, Elizabethton Director of City Schools Richard VanHuss announced on Friday afternoon that beginning on Monday, December 14, that ALL schools will return to a hybrid schedule through January 22, 2021.

“Due to the rising number of positive COVID cases within our community, students on the Traditional Learning Track at all Elizabethton City Schools will return to a hybrid schedule beginning this Monday, December 14, through January 22, 2021,” said VanHuss.

“With the increase in positive cases we have experienced after holiday school closures, ECS will continue to operate on a hybrid schedule after Christmas break to minimize the impact on students and staff.”

With the hybrid schedule, all students with the last names beginning with letters A – L will be in Cohort A, and students with last names starting with M – Z will be in Cohort B.

VanHuss went on to say that all students will be virtual on Wednesday, January 6, 2020. Students in Cohort A will attend school on Thursday, January 7, 2021 and will be virtual on Friday, January 8, 2021.

All students in Cohort B will be virtual on Thursday, January 7, 2021 and attend school in-person on Friday, January 8, 2021.

VanHuss stressed that once again that this decision impacts ALL Elizabethton City Schools including the elementary schools.

“We will continue to monitor the situation daily and will further update you if other changes become necessary,” VanHuss said. “We want to encourage all members of the Cyclone Family to continue the practices of social distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent hand washing so that, as a community, we can combat the impacts of the COVID-19 virus.

“If you have further questions, please contact your child’s school.”