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Oak Ridge students start staggered in-person and virtual learning

Elementary and high school students return Wednesday, middle and preschool start class Thursday. This comes one day after a teacher tested positive for COVID-19.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Wednesday was the first day back in Oak Ridge City Schools for elementary and high school.

Tuesday, one day before students headed back to the classroom, the school district announced a teacher tested positive for COVID-19. 

The district said all staff members who may have been in contact with this person have been notified and all areas that may have been infected are clean. 

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Linden Elementary Principal Roger Ward explained all students in Oak Ridge will also have a laptop or tablet by the end of August. Right now, every student second grade and higher has a device.

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Ward said students at Linden Elementary will spend the whole school day in the same classroom, even during lunch and gym class. Teachers will move from room to room throughout the day instead of moving students. Everyone is required to wear masks.

Middle and Preschool go back to class Thursday. The district said they are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely.