The Knox County School District is set to move forward with in-person classes for the 2020-21 school year. However, the district will be implementing several safety precautions for students and staff amid the pandemic. Knox County Superintendent Andy Turgeon says one of these precautions is a mask requirement.

Other precautions include staggering lunch schedules, offering water bottle filling stations, and limiting visitors. Turgeon says there will also be some changes regarding student transportation.

Bus drivers, along with students from fourth grade on up will be required to wear masks while riding the bus. Students will also be required to ride the same bus both to and from school each day. In the event COVID-19 cases begin to rise, the Knox County School District is also prepared to switch to online learning.

The first day of classes in the Knox County School District is scheduled for August 25th.