Special masks and social distancing: What the Tennessee Schools for the Deaf look like now

Summarized by Matthew Dehler, staff writer

It’s vital that kids stay safe at school, be it from external dangers or diseases. Schools for the Deaf are no exception.

The Tennessee School for the Deaf faces the same challenges as any other K-12 school, with the need for social distancing and special masks. However, Superintendent Vicki Kirk said the school is up for the challenge. TSD has 3 locations across Tennessee, with nearly 200 students in total. During the week, there is a 24-hour health clinic at the schools, and students are expected to social distance, wear masks, wash hands, and stay home if sick. Even the buses have assigned seating, with students undergoing temperature checks if they use school transportation. TSD also offers clear masks to ensure that Deaf students can communicate their teachers–and each other.

For more information on TSD and their precautions, view the article here: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/education/2020/08/17/deaf-and-hard-hearing-students-learn-person-virtually/5517753002/

Edited by Stephanie Stott, Staff Writer.

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