Five months after closing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Hamilton County schools are reopening on Aug. 12.
The new school year usually brings excitement, some nerves + lots of cute pictures with kids standing on porches holding chalkboards that document what grade they are venturing into.
This year is going to be different, although we’d still love to see those pictures, regardless of what school looks like for you this year.
Until then, we’re going to break down the going-back-to-school-during-a-pandemic situation. 👇 But first, officials made a major, related announcement Wednesday.
Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson announced the new initiative, HCS EdConnect Wednesday afternoon. | Screenshot
📚 Free internet for students • Officials said that — as far as they know — Hamilton County is the first area to offer something like this. • School officials will contact parents via call, text, or email about the service. Once the family receives information about the program from the district, parents will have the opportunity to opt-in, and EPB will contact them to set up the service. • It will take a few months to get everyone set up. • This is a 10-year commitment, not just an initiative to happen during COVID-19. • It’s being paid for by the city, county + partners. • Hamilton County schools have raised $6 million toward the upfront infrastructure investment of $8.2 million. • Both the city and county have put in $1.5 million toward the costs. • Funding partners also include BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, and the Smart City Venture Fund, which includes Benwood Foundation, Community Foundation, Footprint Foundation, and Robert L. And Katherina Maclellan Foundation. • Check out more informationhere and here.
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○ On July 28, the Hamilton County Health Department reported141 more positive COVID-19 cases. There are currently 1,482 active cases in Hamilton County and 92 people hospitalized with the virus. (Chattanoogan.com)
○ A Nashville physician who is currently recovering from COVID-19 is urging Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to lead and mandate statewide mask use. Currently, the governor has given the state’s county mayors authority over enforcing mask mandates and closing businesses and is funding a multimillion-dollar ad campaign urging Tennesseans to wear masks voluntarily. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said there are early warning signs that Tennessee, Kentucky, and other midwest states could face a COVID-19 outbreak. According to the CDC, an outbreak is the occurrence of more cases of a disease than would usually be expected in a specific place or group of people over a given period of time. This comes as other U.S. coronavirus official Dr. Deborah Birx traveled to Nashville + urged all Tennessee Mayors to mandate masks and for Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to close bars. Gov. Lee said that he still does not plan to close any more businesses. (NewsChannel 9)
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TheWord ○ Outbreak(n.): the occurrence of more cases of a disease than would normally be expected in a specific place or to a group of people over a given period of time. Outbreaks can range from food poisoning to COVID-19. (Center for Disease Control)
Biz ○ Local entrepreneur Loren Bass, who participated in Southside’s Chili Cook-off + hosted a pop-up tenant lunch in the Edney Building in 2019, has expanded and changed her business to sell several different sauces. Check out her website to purchase a 5 or 10-ounce bottle of her sweet heat or sweet and spicy sauce, and stay tuned for chili sales to resume in the fall. ○ Local photographer Jennifer Anderson recently opened a studio at Cambridge Square + will be open for bookings beginning Aug. 1. Anderson has been a photographer for 13 years and specializes in photographing weddings, families, high school seniors, and children. 📸
Cause ○ The Red Cross is calling for young volunteersin preparation for hurricane season. The organization is experiencing a shortage of volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic as their usual volunteers are older people who are at a higher risk of catching the virus. Click here to learn more about volunteering. (WRCB)
DYK ○ Girl Scouts of the USA recently announced that they have designed 24 new badges surrounding leadership in areas that tend to be male-dominated such as STEM career exploration, civics, and entrepreneurship. Girls will earn these badges through activities like designing their own vehicles + testing prototypes, researching laws and how they’re created, and building business plans to create pitches for a product or service.
Virtual ○ Enjoy this Friday’s virtual Nightfall show with the opening set starting at 7 p.m. and featuring local singer Brandy Robinson + and a headline set by Cuban-Canadian artist Alex Cuba. The show will be live-streamed on the Nightfall Facebook + YouTube pages from 7-8 p.m. 🎵 ○ Check out Chattanooga Football Club face Soda City FC this Saturday from the comfort of your own home. You can watch the game at 8 p.m. on the soccer club’s YouTube page or on MyCujoo. You can also check out the pre-game live show via the team’s Facebook page on Saturday at 7 p.m. ⚽
ForSeniors ○The Chattery has partnered with ArtsBuild and Morning Pointe Senior Living Centers to present a series of free virtual art classes for adults 65 and older. The classes offered will be an introduction to watercolor sketching, mixed media card making, abstract painting for all, and beginner macrame. You can sign up for the free classeshere.
State ○ According to a report from WalletHub on the states with the highest and lowest credit card debts Tennessee ranked 43, with 51 being the state with the lowest credit card debt. You can find the full report with each state’s median credit card debt, cost to pay off, and months + days until payoffhere.
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