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New Guidelines for Reopening Schools includes No Touch Bathroom

The Tennessee Department of Education released guidance for school systems to follow during the reopening process mind the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As this is an evolving situation, the department will continue to post updates about reopening guidance for districts, as new information is available,” the department said on its website.

According WVLT-TV, officials introduced several reopening toolkits including the following:

  • School nutrition
  • Transportation
  • Special populations
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Well-being and mental health
  • Counseling
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Post-secondary transition
  • Governance
  • Physical health
  • Staffing
  • School improvement

According to the latest guidance, schools will limit public access on campus, have controlled entry and exit ways, one-way foot traffic patterns and clear drop-off procedures.

The guidance suggests schools implement no-touch bathrooms, no-touch trash cans and hand sanitizer stations. Schools are encouraged to remove access to vending machines, drinking fountains and other “high-touch” objects.

In the fall, many schools will increase bus routes to increase social distancing and provide fully-boxed lunches with individually wrapped utensils. According to the Department of Education, students should have staggered meals and independent seating.

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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