Loudon County Schools wants to know what the public thinks about its response to COVID-19.
The schools are required to seek public feedback every six months regarding the COVID-19 School Reopening Plan, Director of Schools Mike Garren said.
“Every school system that got federal money had to have a plan,” he said. “Part of that is to review the plan. Part of the review is to seek feedback.”
The system continues to operate under a plan the Loudon County Board of Education approved prior to the beginning of the school year.
“Right now we don’t see any need for changes to the plan,” Garren said.
He said if feedback reveals situations not previously considered or something new that needs to be added the system will consider making changes.
The plan has been successful in limiting the number of cases and preventing school closures, he said.
“Last year there were no school closures and we didn’t have to go remote,” Garren said.
Further evidence of the success of the plan was revealed in testing, which showed Loudon County students in the top 10 percent of the state, he said.
The schools are entering 2022 with the expectation of a surge in local COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant. Because schools were closed for two weeks during the holidays there is no data by which to judge the possible change.
Garren said educators will be watching data closely in the coming weeks.