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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / A "Welcome Back!" sign sits in the grass at Hixson Elementary School on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 in Hixson, Tenn.

Beginning Monday, Hamilton County Schools will try one week of five-day-a-week, in-person instruction.

The district announced Monday that next week will follow the Phase 3 schedule, meaning every student who enrolled for in-person learning is expected to attend school five days a week and follow the normal bell schedule. Students who opted for in-person education during the coronavirus pandemic have been going two days a week, on alternating schedules.

According to a news release, the decision to try more in-person instruction was based from "criteria based on data from the Hamilton County Health Department to determine the operational phases of in-person instruction in schools."

"All schools will follow the Phase 3 schedule with schools open five days a week for all students opting for in-person learning in the classroom beginning Aug. 31, and the schedule will run until Friday, Sept. 11," the release said.

According to communications director Tim Hensley, this will not affect those who opted for either of two virtual learning options, one based at the school or one that's based on individualized education.

According to the news release, the schedule for Sept. 14-24 will be announced on Sept. 4, based on health data at that time. The district considers active cases, hospitalizations, patients in intensive care and other data.

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Contact Monique Brand at mbrand@timesfreepress.com.

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