Grundy County Schools, along with school districts across the state and country, are facing extraordinary circumstances as we work to provide a high-quality education to students in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you’re aware, our school system has implemented online instruction and provided paper academic packets to all students without internet access. Our teachers, school administrators, and supervisors are to be commended for the work they are doing to meet the needs of our students.
On Wednesday, April 15, 2020, Governor Lee recommended the closure of public schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Grundy County Schools will follow this recommendation. In the following days, I will continue to receive more information from the Tennessee Department of Ed-ucation, along with TSBA, to provide all of us with guidance, information, and reassurance in the coming weeks and months. We will continue to provide instruction and meal distribution for students through the week of May 22nd.
Student Registration for Pre-K and K will be conducted on Monday, April 20th. Packets will be passed out to parents at each elementary school to take home and complete the paperwork. The completed packets should be returned to the school sites on the following Monday, April 27th, be-tween 10:00-12:00 during the meal distribution time.
All other students, grades 1st-12th, will register starting on Monday, April 27th; please check your elementary school website to download and complete a registration form. Once completed, drop it off at your elementary school when you pick up food on Monday, May 4th, from 10:00-12:00. If you do not have a way to print this form, please pick up a registration paper at your local school site starting on Monday, April 27th from 10:00-12:00. The hard copies for registration will be available only on Mondays during meal distribution time.
Until the mandatory stay-at-home order is lifted, we are looking at tentative dates for graduation; those dates being May 14th, June 18th, or July 16th. Once restrictions are lifted, a confirmed graduation date will be announced.
Our tentative high school prom dates will be scheduled for June 13th or July 11th. One possibility or option for a place to hold the prom was discussed being the Grundy County High School Gym. This option would save money and allow ticket prices to be reduced so all juniors and seniors who want to attend would be able to do so. Remember this will only take place if the ban is lifted by the Governor.
Seniors last day to complete instructional work will be May 8th. Students, I encourage you to complete all your work to improve your grades by that date. Parents, your support is needed to follow up with your student to ensure these expectations are being met. All stakeholders are responsible and are being held accountable for our students’ success. On Monday, May 11th, only seniors will need to come to school to pick up all personal belongings, return textbooks to their teachers, and clean out lockers between 8:00-12:00. Senior report cards will be handed out on this day as well. I encourage each of you to wear your masks, gloves and practice social distancing of 6 feet during this time.
The last day for instruction for juniors, sophomores, and freshmen will be Friday, May 15th. You will receive further instructions from Mr. Westmoreland for the days each of you are to come into the building to clean out lockers, pick up personal items, and return textbooks to teachers. Additionally, each of you should also wear protective items and practice so-cial distancing for your safety. Report Cards for each class will be handed out during the assigned day for each grade level. Please watch for further instructions to be provided by Mr. Westmoreland.
The last day for instruction for all elementary students is Friday, May 15th, too. Also, elementary schools will need to collect textbooks, other school items such as athletic uniforms, and personal items left at the schools. On the last day of school, May 22nd, teachers will have each student’s belongings sacked up and ready for pick-up between 8:00-10:00 AM. Parents/students will need to have their school items sacked up and ready to hand to his/her teacher. This procedure will be done as a drive-by pickup and drop off area. Elementary students will not get out of their cars. Everyone is encouraged to wear masks and gloves for protection and safety, as well as, follow the rule for social distancing.
For Pre-K, K, and 8th grade promotions, please watch for a letter from your school administrators that will be put on FaceBook and posted on the school’s website for further instructions.
To our Seniors of 2020, I want to thank you for everything you have done for our schools and communities. I am truly sorry that we may not be able to end your senior year as we all planned, but please be patient as we continue to face these challenging and difficult times. I hope you have been touched or influenced in some way by your teachers, your classmates, your principals, and all your support staff. Please know you are all special, and I hope the lessons you have been taught beyond academics will follow you through all chapters of your life. Please know that we will continue to pray for normality and for the ban to be lifted so you may end your senior year on the highest note possible. I know everyone wants the very best for you during your final days at GCHS.
Glenda M. Dykes, Di-rector of Schools