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Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19 School Closure

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Information on this page will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.  Please check back often.

 

Updated April 22, 2020

 

How long will District schools be closed as a result of the recent developments of COVID-19?  

Based on Governor Bill Lee’s recommendation, Sumner County Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. 

Will my child advance to the next grade? 

Almost all of our children will progress to the next grade. We will work next year to address missed learning opportunities from our current closure. Students will only be retained on a case by case basis. 

When will Kindergarten registration take place?

Kindergarten registration will be held on June 24, 2020. 

How will registration work for next year?

Online registration will begin on July 6, 2020. Schools will set student orientation at a later date. 

Will SCS students have an extended school year since we have been out so long?

The Tennessee Legislature waived the required 180 days of annual classroom instruction due the Coronavirus. Therefore, school systems are not required to make up days missed due to the public health emergency.  Chronic absenteeism and truancy will not be counted this year.   

 

Should I get my Out of Zone paperwork complete?

No. Out of Zone paperwork will be addressed at a later date. Communication will be shared when this needs to be completed.

 

Will school daycares be open this summer? 

School daycares will open on June 1, 2020. 

My child still has personal items in his school. When will students be able to return to clean out their desks/lockers?

Once Governor Lee’s Stay at Home order expires on April 30, schools will schedule a time for parents and students to retrieve their belongings beginning the week of May 11. 

What about yearbooks?

Many schools have teams currently working on their respective yearbooks. Schools are working with their yearbook vendor to make yearbooks available for pickup during the scheduled student belonging pickup time starting May 11. 

What about TNReady or End of Course Assessments (all state assessments)?

No state assessments will be given this semester.  This includes TNReady, TCAP, End of Course, or any other state assessment.

 

Lessons/Learning at Home

How do I know what my student should be working on while we are out of school?

SCS curriculum specialists and teachers are working together to prepare resources and activities for all students. Please visit Sumner Connect on the Sumner Schools webpage to follow daily lessons in each subject area.

My child’s school is not showing on Sumner Connect?

Most schools are utilizing the district plan for Sumner Connect.  However, if your child’s school opted to have their own plan, the school name is specifically listed on the Sumner Connect page. For all schools following Sumner Connect, click on the appropriate grade band under “District-Wide Materials” to see the grade level plan for your child.

How much time should my student spend learning each day?

Be charitable with your day.  Families are trying to balance working from home and helping their children with learning.  Families can be flexible with their day, moving different lessons around to share technology, work around meals, and a parent’s work day.

Kindergarten - 2nd grade = approximately 2 hours of learning a day

3rd - 8th grade = approximately 3 hours of learning a day

 

Who has created the lessons?

A combination of principals, supervisors, and teachers have worked in grade-band specific teams to create lessons and activities for each week.  

Are lessons mandatory?

No, but students are highly encouraged to keep learning so they do not lose ground during the closure.

Why aren’t students being graded during this time? 

Because of this pandemic, many families in Sumner County are experiencing an uncertainty that is unprecedented. While some teachers may be able to provide regular, structured online classes with students capable of participating, many of our students, families and staff are not able to do that. Because not all students can adhere to the standard that graded online classes would bring and because some grades might be adversely affected by use of an unfamiliar platform, no attendance will be required and no grades will be given.  We know that with varied student, family and teacher needs during this time while schools are closed in Tennessee, it’s not appropriate to hold everyone accountable.  However, teachers have been asked to provide feedback on selected student work.

How do we hear from our teachers?

Teachers are using a variety of methods to contact families. Students should check their sumnerk12.net email account so they can see their emails and work within any Google Classrooms. Some teachers are also setting up Zoom meetings or sending messages through their classroom Facebook pages. Reach out to your teacher via email if you have not already heard from them.

Are the lessons required?

Sumner Connect has been created to provide at-home learning during this time of school closure. These lessons are intended to help students continue their academic progress. Learning and lessons are not required but are highly encouraged. Students and families should take full advantage of the academic resources that are available.

What if I don’t have Internet access at my house

Free Wi-Fi access is currently available at three school campuses: HHS parking lot near Cherokee Road, GHS in the front parking area, and in the parking lot by the gym at North Sumner Elementary.  Also, Comcast is offering free Internet access for 60 days for qualified families. Click here for details.

In addition, PBS will be televising 20 lessons per week in Math and ELA for grades 1-8.  These lessons are available from 10-12 each weekday.  A schedule of weekly lessons can be found at https://www.tn.gov/education/pbsteaching.html and all episodes can be found on the Department of Education's YouTube channel

 

 

How does Sumner County know if they are reaching every student?

 

Each teacher has been asked to be in contact with every child at least once a week.  Teachers have also been asked to submit names of students they have not been able to reach so district personnel can ensure the safety and health of all Sumner County students.

 

What about my child, who is in CDC?

 

Case managers and teachers will be checking in with each student/family and sharing appropriate resources for activity and enrichment. The Special Education Department and teams are working diligently to assist with connecting resources to families as those are communicated during check in communications. 

 

If schools are closed due to COVID-19, will student support services be provided?

Per guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, all special education and section 504 services will be suspended during a school closure. Once schools are back in session, SCS will fully implement required services. Any other specific student support services can be inquired about through case managers and school student support teams.

 

School Lunches

How/where can I pick up meals for my child(ren)?

Sumner County Schools has shifted to a Tuesday and Friday pick-up with more breakfasts and lunches per pick up. On Tuesdays, families will receive meals for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  On Fridays, families will receive meals for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Please visit www.sumnerschools.org for schedules and more information.

These activities are tentatively scheduled to resume on June 1 with restrictions on the number of students allowed to participate at one time. However, this date could be delayed depending on the latest information related to COVID-19.

 

Human Resources

Are schools still hiring right now?

Yes, schools are interviewing and hiring via Zoom or other methods. Interested applicants are encouraged to go to the Careers page to apply for teaching positions and get started on a career in Sumner County Schools.

 

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