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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 29, 2020

Gov. Bill Lee this week announced the state’s recommendations to reopen schools this fall, TN Journal reports. The plan includes a decision tree to help local educators make decisions about opening or closing schools, and advice for when to test or quarantine students, use contact tracing and restart contact sports. The plan also includes resources for parents, a plan to provide free protective gear for teachers, free professional development for teachers and principals, a $50 million grant initiative to support school technology purchases, a $11 million grant program to bolster programmatic supports, a grant program to make sure each school has a special education teacher, and a job board to help schools quickly fill teacher vacancies. In announcing the plan, Lee said the state “is doing everything we can to work with local school districts and ensure that in-person learning is made available in a way that protects the health and safety of our students and educators.”