The Cumberland County School System announced they are now in the yellow phase of the reopening plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means student movement throughout buildings will be minimized. Cleaning continues during the school day and after hours to provide disinfected and sanitized areas for students and staff.
Under the plan, temperature checks will be done daily with students and staff. Students will also not share materials or equipment.
The yellow phase means there is between 303 and 606 active cases of coronavirus in the county. As of yesterday (Monday, August 24, 2020), the county had 319 active cases.
A red phase would be any active cases greater than 607 cases.
So far in the past two weeks, four requests were made by this news department to the school system to release the numbers only of students who tested positive for COVID-19. The only statement made five days ago was a report would be released soon. As of Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 8 a.m. central, a report has not been sent out. 105.7 News spoke with the school board attorney yesterday who said the school system can release the total number of active cases in the school system but said releasing the number per each school might be an issue.
The Cumberland County School Board is set to meet this Thursday night at 6 p.m. (August 27, 2020). They will hold an executive meeting with the school board attorney prior to the public meeting starting to discuss this issue.
Other counties, including Blount, Fentress and Putnam, are providing numbers of cases to parents in their school systems.