Cleveland City Schools return to in-person learning


CLEVELAND, Tenn (WDEF) – Students at Cleveland City Schools returned to in-person class five days a week on Monday. 

Cleveland City School officials say they have been making decisions about how students learn based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the county. 

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The city has a task force that meets every Tuesday and monitors what phase the school system lies in; Red which allows for minimal to no students at school, yellow allowing for students to return, and green meaning some after school activities are allowed as well. 

The Chief Academic Officer says the county’s current case count puts the school system in the yellow phase, which means all students can return to class in-person with some modifications.

“As our case count in Bradley County has come down we saw that there was a good opportunity for our students to return. Also we knew that our transmission rates as we looked at our data within our schools and school buildings haven’t been as high. More cases have come from what we believe to be going on at social settings outside of the schools,” says Dr. Jeff Elliot, CCS Chief Academic Officer. 

Currently Bradley County has less than 800 active coronavirus cases. 

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Joeli Poole joined the WDEF News 12 Team in April 2019 as a Reporter and Producer. You can find her reporting during the week and when not on camera; she's producing the 6 and 11 shows. Joeli grew up with a love for reporting, starting in middle school. She has been the anchor for her middle and high school TV stations, along with the Sports Anchor for her College TV Station. Joeli grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and moved to Tennessee when she 10 years old. She went to Cleveland Middle school and Walker Valley High School. She graduated in May of 2019 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor's degree in Communications. Being from the area, Joeli loves being able to help tell the stories of her community. In her spare time, Joeli enjoys watching her LSU Tigers, hiking, and playing with her dog. Feel free to email any story ideas at


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