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Grades 7-12 move to Hybrid Schedule


Posted Date: 08/25/2020

Grades 7-12 move to Hybrid Schedule

 

                                                                                                                                    August 25, 2020

 

In Lenoir City Schools we are doing everything in our power to ensure the safest environment possible while providing quality education for our students.  We have been in school over two weeks, and until last Friday, we had only family contained incidents of coronavirus. The healthy habits that our students, teachers, staff, custodians, bus drivers and maintenance teams have implemented is commendable.  The past weekend we were notified from the Loudon County Health Department of eight individuals testing positive. This is a small number, but the TNDOH guidelines require notification of parents and quarantine for anyone who has been within 6ft. of a person for more than 10 minutes regardless of the individual showing symptoms or not.

 

The CDC and Academy of Pediatrics says students need to be in school, and we agree.  Our district is following the strict guidelines from the Tennessee Department of Health.  We have been adhering to facial coverings, cleaning nightly, disinfecting nightly, hand washing and sanitizing and trying to social distance.  However, we also know that this virus is out in the general public and in areas that are a part of all of our lives.

 

So, with the TNDOH guidelines in place, we are trying our best to provide consistency for students and parents as we navigate the requirements.  Teachers and administrators have spent lots of time during the summer and the beginning of this year helping our students and teachers be ready to learn at home if needed.  I believe we are in a great position to continue to serve the needs of our students both academically, socially and emotionally as we get through the next challenge of this pandemic. 

 

So, beginning Thursday, August 27 through the end of the first grading period which is October 9, we will be changing our daily schedule for students in grades 7-12 ONLY to allow for students to have 6ft. of personal space in their classrooms. We will review this schedule and communicate updates by the first week in October. In order to accomplish this, we must reduce our capacity by dividing students in two groups with Group A  and Group B.  See the chart below:

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Face to Face “at school”

Group A

Last names A - L

Group B

Last names

M – Z

Virtual Day for all

Group A

Last names

A – L

Group B

Last names

M  - Z

Distance learning “at home”

Group B

Last names

M – Z

Group A

Last names A - L

Virtual Day for all

Group B

Last names

M – Z

Group A

Last names A - L

 

Some groups of students may meet more frequently as teachers communicate that to specific classes.  Since students will be expected to participate in schoolwork for all five days, all extracurricular activities will continue.  Transportation and meals will continue. Details for LCMS and LCHS will be communicated from the principals.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Jeanne K. Barker