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County schools closed Friday, Jan. 21 in preemptive action

By Richard Rourk

Unicoi County students got an unexpected “snow day” on Friday, Jan. 21, which also allowed Unicoi County Schools to get proactive in trying to prevent additional lost days of learning.

Unicoi County Schools announced that classes would be canceled on Friday, Jan. 21, following four days of school closures due to inclement weather.

“We just felt like after being out all week and numbers being high for illnesses getting everyone back in for one day versus having nine straight, with both weekends apart could be more helpful,” explained Unicoi County Schools Director John English. “Hopefully we will be back on Monday and get on a normal routine.”

According to, Unicoi County Schools reported a total of 11 students and 15 staff members with COVID-19 on Jan. 20.

English explained that concern over an increase in COVID-19 cases, as well as the flu and other seasonal illnesses, prompted the preemptive closure on Friday.

“Safety for our students, staff and their families will always be our number one priority,” English said.