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Knox County Schools eerily empty after moving to online learning

In-person students will return to their buildings on January 5, 2021. Here's what you need to know from meal pick-ups to Chromebook help.

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — Knox County Schools officials said that all district schools will move to online learning starting on Monday, Dec.14. 

The transition will last through Winter Break, and in-person students will return to their buildings on January 5, 2021.

In a message to parents, Superintendent Bob Thomas said the decision comes as COVID-19 cases rise in Knox County and more students and employees are having to quarantine.

He said the district has also had issues finding substitute teachers.    

As of Wednesday, the district reported 244 current active cases at county schools. 165 of them are students. Nearly 2,900 are isolating. 

Teachers and staff still reporting to empty schools Monday said it felt eerily like something out of "The Twilight Zone."


On Monday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 16, meal pick-up will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at all schools. You'll get two breakfast and lunch meals on Monday and three of each on Wednesday. 

You must submit a meal request form online here. 

Students do not have to be present while picking up meals. 

Chromebook & WiFi

If you're having any trouble with your student's chromebook, you can email helpdesk@knoxschools.org or visit knoxschools.org/techhelp.

If you need WiFi, there are 17 schools in the district that have outdoor access points.

These access points are generally near the guest parking and/or the front entrance of the school. 

Chromebooks and laptops from the school will automatically connect within range. 

Child care

If you're looking for child care options, the school district lists several on its website including the Boys and Girls Club, Kid Time, Kid's Place, Shades of Development and the YMCA. 

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