KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Tuesday was the first day back to class in the spring semester for virtual and in-person students in Knox County Schools.

Knox County Schools superintendent Bob Thomas says it was important to provide an in-person option.

“We got about the parents of 45,000 students that wanted the in-person opportunities, so, we are committed to providing that.”

Bob Thomas

On Monday, the decision to allow in-person learning at the beginning of this semester was met with some pushback.

The Knox County Education Association shared a letter with WATE saying the information in it had been verbally shared with superintendent Bob Thomas.

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The KCEA called for Knox County to open remotely or with a hybrid plan until students and teachers could be vaccinated or when, “…the pandemic was under control in our country.”