Knox County teachers group calls for district to start semester online or with hybrid model

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Knox County Education Association called for the county’s schools to start the semester in the “red zone” with no in-person learning, or with an alternating hybrid schedule where students alternate in-person days, the group’s president said Monday.

“We can’t sacrifice lives over politics and we need to do what’s right and what’s best for everyone,” Tanya Coats told 10News. “Educating kids is a priority for us, but we just need to do it remotely from home.”

Knox County Schools is scheduled to resume in-person classes for most of its roughly 60 thousand students on Tuesday.

Superintendent Bob Thomas said the district made a commitment to families that it would try to continue in-person learning.

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