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West High Reopens at Full Capacity

Aug. 5, 2021, West High, along with other schools in Hamblen County, welcomed students back at full capacity for the 2021-2022 school year. With parking lots being full and the halls of West High being packed, many students are happy to see this again. This is because of a decision made at the end of the 2020-2021 school year and over the summer by the Board of Education. Masks are also optional this school year.

The Tennessee Department of Education also mandated that Virtual Learning be independent from in-person learning. According to the Tennessee Department of Education Website, “A virtual school is a public school in which the school uses technology to deliver a significant portion of instruction to its students via the internet in a virtual or remote setting.” This means that schools such as West High cannot offer virtual learning along with in-person learning as an option. It is important to note that this could change if Covid-19 cases continue to rise.

West High has seen over 80 percent of students return this year. According to Dr. Perry, Superintendent, “West has an additional 45 students this year.” West High has a total of 1546 students enrolled with 462 freshmen, 378 sophomores, 349 juniors, and 357 seniors.

The chart above represents the number of students enrolled at West High by grade