Days after Henderson County students began their school year, the Henderson County School Board called a special meeting Monday to address the reopening of school programs and the future of in-person classes and sports.
All HCS students returned to school August 26 -- virtually -- through non traditional instruction (NTI), but the board introduced a new plan to get students back into the classroom as soon as possible.
"I've had tons of parents ask me, "Are we going to start school in person?' my answer is, 'We've got to try," said HCS board chairperson Lisa Baird.
Under the new plan, students will return to school in small groups beginning September 8 for between 90 and 120 minutes a day, while still learning through NTI.
Then on September 28, HCS will roll out hybrid classes, which will all students to head back to in-person classes. But even that could move up if the district superintendent deems it safe to do so.
"We have given her information today that says if you think everything is moving forward on the 21st and you think it's safe to start back in-school instruction, go for it," Baird said.
As for sports, one sentiment echoed across the board: "Let them play."
HCS voted to move forward with its athletic season, provided certain modifications be made.
"We asked them to cut back on playing certain teams, going certain places," Baird said. "We asked them to cut back on the invitational tournaments that our kids love to go to but a lot of times means an overnight stay."