Hamilton County Schools launches planning for how COVID-19 will impact reopening schools in August

Task force will consider virtual learning options, how to minimize public health risks

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Superintendent Bryan Johnson, center, speaks during a press conference announcing the formation of a task force in the Hamilton County Schools board room on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The task force is being formed to begin plans and preparation to reopen schools this fall.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson said a "number of things" are on the table for reopening schools this fall in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson announced Monday the formation of a task force to prepare and recommend plans to him for the district's reopening in August. Those plans could include multiple options for students, including whether they physically return to school campuses or not, and will also take into consideration the nuances of how schools operate.

Parents will also have options to continue virtual or distance learning instead of sending their children back to school, the superintendent confirmed.

"COVID-19 has caused us all to step back and really evaluate the work that we do and we anticipate August to be no different," Johnson said during a press conference Tuesday.