The Henry County School System and the Paris Special School District each announced Friday that the school year will begin on Aug. 3.

Protocols will be in place for both school districts to limit interaction and increase cleanliness efforts.

As of now, the 2020-21 schedules for both school systems are expected to remain in place.

In the event of parents and guardians making different decisions for their students, both systems are offering full-time virtual programs of study.

HCSS’s new option, the Henry County Homeschool Academy, will require no tuition fees for students who would be eligible for enrollment in a Henry County school.

Those interested may contact Daniel Armstrong at 642-9733.

The PSSD will also offer a virtual school model, with no cost to district families who choose that option.

Those interested may contact Joey Brush at 642-9322.

PSSD has put together three possible plans for school experiences.

Plan A will be in place when there is no spread to minimal spread of COVID-19 in Paris and Henry County.

Plan A is a mostly traditional school experience, wherein school buildings will remain open and buses will run.

Social distancing and hygienic preventative measures will be in place.

Plan B will be in place if there is minimal to moderate spread of the virus in the area.

That plan would include more intensive strategies to minimize contact and could include staggered learning schedules.

Plan C will be in place if there is a substantial spread of COVID-19 in Paris and Henry County.

This plan would move most students to distance or remote learning schedules. Meals would be delivered or picked up by families.

Spread intensity will be determined by state and local health officials, which will inform PSSD’s plan.

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