The Giles County School Board is supporting teachers who may be forced to quarantine or become sick with the virus.
The board recently approved a policy that teachers are not required to use sick leave while teaching virtually from home while in quarantine or sick.
The board voted to offer an additional 80 hours of paid sick leave for teachers and staff who cannot work because they are sick with COVID-19 or are caring for a loved one.
Also, the board received news that the school system has received a $40,000 Middle School STEM grant from the Tennessee Board of Education.
Each of the county’s middle schools will receive $10,000 to outfit a classroom with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits.
CTE Director Amy Roberts reported that Richland High School Health Science Teacher Beth Johnson has received a $5,000 TVA grant to put cameras in the school’s classrooms to assist with virtual learning.
The board authorized Wold HFR to begin the schematic design phase for improvements to the county’s eight schools.
During the meeting, Lance Evans was announced as the new principal of Minor Hill School.
The next Giles County School Board work session will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, January 21st at the Central Office.