School started back for McNairy County students on Monday, beginning a semester that administration hopes will flow a little more smoothly than the last.

“We’ve been very pleased with the re-start,” says McNairy County Director of Schools Greg Martin. “We’re seeing more in-person students than we were last semester.”

Numbers of student quarantines resulting from the holiday break are still being calculated, which could cast a damper on the school’s optimism for a better term.

But Martin remains hopeful that there’s a light on the horizon, with the recent addition of teachers to the earlier stages of the state’s vaccination plan.

“We’ve had quite a few teachers within the county receive their vaccine Saturday,” he said. “I’d like to encourage more (teachers) to do so.” 

Teachers becoming vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Martin, would greatly aid the school system in reducing the number of staff quarantined due to coronavirus exposures.

School administration are carefully watching these exposure numbers, as COVID-19 infections are expecting to rise sharply within the next few weeks due to holiday travel.

Until then, Martin says, the only thing to do is put “one foot in front of the other and trudge on.”

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