Portland High School (pictured), Portland East Middle School and Portland West Middle School had its students revert back to a blended hybrid model — which consists of students attending in-person classes two days per week — on Monday, and that schedule will extend through Dec. 4.

Sumner County Schools announced last Friday that its middle-school and high-school students will be back on the extended hybrid schedule through Dec. 4.

Schools started back to that schedule on Monday.

The extended hybrid schedule was established with the school system’s district reentry plan.

The statement that was issued by the school system detailed that all Kindergarten through fifth grade, comprehensive development classroom (CDC), and pre-K students will continue to attend school full-time, each day of the week.

Students in grades 6-12 will attend in person on either Monday and Thursday or on Tuesday and Friday, with all of the students in those grades attending via Sumner Connect or Google Classroom on Wednesdays.

The extended hybrid model is how the school year opened for students in Sumner County.

All students in grades K-12 went back to full-time, in-person classes as of Sept. 8, which is how it remained until Monday.

Before the district’s students in grades 6-12 went back full-time, Sumner County Director of Schools Del Phillips had said that the district would evaluate the occurrences of COVID-19 in Sumner County schools every two weeks and decide whether to open full-time, continue with the blended schedule or move to online-only classes based on the transmission rate of the coronavirus.

The statement said that the district’s goal is to return all students to in-person instruction daily as soon as possible, while protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and communities.

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