Greeneville City Schools will Open August 5, 2020

In Greeneville City Schools, the health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities. The GCS Leadership Team has been working diligently to plan to safely welcome our students back to school on August 5.  An important part of this planning process is parent input. 

We appreciate the work and flexibility of our teachers and parents as we ended the spring semester of school. Considering the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we must remain flexible and open-minded throughout the process of planning for the 2020-2021 school year. While there are many changes occurring in our world, the mission of Greeneville City Schools, “Cultivate the Mind & Impact the Heart Through Excellence and Equity”, continues to be our focus.

District and school leaders have sought and continue to seek advice from a variety of references and stakeholders throughout this process. Some of the references used in this work are listed at the end of this document. 

We are currently working on a plan to have children in physical classrooms when school opens on August 5 while following health and safety recommendations and guidelines. Protocols will be in place to limit interactions and increase cleanliness efforts.  To honor individual needs and circumstances of students and families, we also plan to offer the choice of a full-time online program of study as an alternative to in-person learning.  Should the need arise to close buildings in the future, our transition from on-campus instruction to online learning should be seamless.

To inform our planning, please complete this parent survey CLICK HERE   The survey will gauge interest in online learning and will seek feedback about our online learning in April and May 2020.  It is extremely important that you respond to this survey to inform planning and resource allocation both for online and in-person learning.

On July 8, we will release our draft 2020-2021 Reopening School Plan.  At that time, you will be asked to provide input on the draft plan and complete a final survey choosing either online or in-person learning for your student/students. The latest health conditions in Greeneville and Greene County should help to inform your learning delivery decision.

 

WE ARE COMMITTED TO BEING RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS WHILE FOLLOWING PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 SAFETY

As this planning moves forward, educators and parents will receive regular updates on the planning process, along with evolving safety guidance from local, state, and national health and safety sources. Our timeline and communication plan can be found at the end of this document.

Student activities will follow the most up to date safety recommendations and will seek to minimize health risks. Some of the safety precautions are listed below.

  • Increased DEEP CLEANING practices at all schools and on buses
  • Hand washing/sanitizing provisions for all schools
  • Daily temperature checks for students and adults
  • Students and staff with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be isolated and sent home
  • Schools will work diligently to reduce social interactions
  • Only pre-approved visitors will be allowed on campus
  • Details are still being worked out regarding other school activities (athletic events, field trips, concerts, bus service, and more)

NOTE:  As plans develop and recommendations change, we will adjust procedures as needed.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

TN Department of Education Reopening Guidance

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching

The McKinsey Report

TN Department of Health

 

2020-2021 Back-to-School Planning Timeline 

  • June 16– Teacher Survey
  • June 17 – Parent and Community Update #1 and Parent Online Learning and Return to School Survey
  • June 23 – Teacher Advisory Meeting with Leadership Team
  • June 29 – Update #2 release
  • July 8 – Update #3 release – Draft Back-to-School Plan sent out with request for plan input and Parent Final Learning Option Survey
  • July 20 – Update #4 with release of Final Plan
  • August 5 – First Day of School

 

 

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