The Campbell County Board of Education met for their regular monthly meeting Tuesday and took strides to reopen the school system.

Director of Schools Jennifer Fields had some good news in her monthly report. She told the board that LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield had put her in touch with Leonard Huckaby, who represents LifeBlue. LifeBlue provides telehealth care for students and family members who qualify for the services. In addition those who qualify also receive an iPad and internet hotspot at no cost. All of this is paid for via a grant and will cost the school system nothing to implement. When it came time for the board to vote on this program it passed unanimously.

It was also announced that the system had been approved by the state to offer virtual learning for the 2020-21 school year for k-12 students. The full policy is expected to be ready by the end of this week with applications for students to be accepted into the virtual learning program to be available next week. Students with fragile health situations and students with caregivers who have fragile health situations will be prioritized for this program.

Dr. Jason Horne is spearheading the virtual learning program for the county. When questioned Horne pointed out that this new program was an asynchronous model that teachers can build into. It is a full blown curriculum that is built to the board’s standards. It will cost the county less than the current system in use. the program is web based and can be used on any operating system. It was pointed out there could be the need for a budget amendment later on depending on the situation and number of students that will qualify. The board also passed this unanimously. The application will be available online.

Kenneth Chadwell of Jellico Elementary was granted tenure by the board.