by David Plazas
Tennessee public school districts have been releasing their reopening plans, with some opting to start virtually and others offering campus learning with an option to revert to virtual if COVID-19 infection rates soar.
There is no national or state playbook on how best to reopen schools so district leaders are left to devise their own plans.
However, there is no going back to “normal.” The normal as we know it is gone forever.
The disruption caused by ending the 2019-20 school year early has created learning deficits and further exposed the divide between higher-income and lower-income families.
Even without the pandemic, Tennessee struggled on several fronts.
Student testing has been a mess for years because of tech and vendor issues. TNReady testing was cancelled last school year because of the pandemic.