Hamblen schools to host virtual forum

The Hamblen County school system will hold a virtual community forum 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release.

Parents and community members may participate in the community forum by using a link the school system will post on the school district’s website.

Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, said the purpose of the community forum is to allow individuals to ask questions, share thoughts and express concerns about the reopening of school, the safety procedures adopted, virtual on-line instruction, the instructional program, contact tracing and athletic events.

He said future forums may be interactive, this first virtual forum will be conducted in a view-only format.

Participants will not be seen or heard during the program. Only the speaker will be seen and heard. There will be no chat feature during this event, the press release states.

Perry said they are unsure of the number of individuals who will participate and how the school system could effectively manage a live-interactive program.

Perry said that although the program will be not be interactive, school officials do want to respond to questions and concerns that community members have.

They ask community members to email their thoughts and questions to Karlene Webb at webbk@hcboe.net and school officials will respond during the live meeting.

According to the press release, school officials ask parents to place the words “Community Forum” in the subject line of your email.

School officials said parents or guardian may also call at 423-581-3101 if they do not have access to email.

Perry said questions will be read during the presentation, but everyone’s name will be confidential.

The school system will not take phone calls after 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 and they will only respond to emails after that time.

Perry said the school system will post the link to access the virtual forum on our district’s webpage next week