The Cumberland County School System released more information today regarding students and their studies during the extended Thanksgiving 2020 break.
There will be no school from this Monday, November 23 until the 29, 2020. On November 30, December 1st and 2nd, children will learn remotely and all school employees will return to work as normal. Students are scheduled at this time to head back to school on Thursday, December 3, 2020
The return date for students is subject to change depending on the progression of the coronavirus and regular flu.
In the event that the school district moves to remote learning on December 3rd and beyond, the following guidelines will be used for students:
Students at All Schools:
Grades 3-12: Student instruction via Google Classroom and Meet/Zoom will be in effect.
Grades K-2: Student instruction via daily check-in, teacher websites, and packets.
Pre-K: Student instruction via daily check-in and learning activities.
Student work submission is required for grading. Assignments are mandatory, not optional.
The student’s instructional day shall be from 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m..
Teacher office hours and contact shall be made during this time.
No instruction will be delivered after 2:45 p.m.
All students shall log in to their Google classroom no later than 7:45 in the morning and no later than 5 minutes after the beginning of the class period (some grade 4 and all grade 5-12 classes). Please refer to the Cumberland Connect Handbook page 3 for attendance guidance and daily log in requirements. It can be accessed here: virtual attendance
Students receiving special education services will continue to be served via daily phone calls.
RTI services will be provided via ZOOM/Google Meet and/or by telephone.
School lunches will be delivered according to bus routes or may be picked up at either Cumberland County High School (CCHS) or Stone Memorial High School (SMHS). (Students who attend Brown, Martin, Pleasant Hill & South pick up at CCHS; Students who attend Crab Orchard, Homestead, North, Pine View, and Stone pick up at SMHS)
Students without Internet Access:
Families without Internet access should contact their student’s individual school. Students in this situation will be bringing home their school work for the duration of the break tomorrow (Friday, November 20, 2020)
Additional Internet Access:
Internet Access via Wi-Fi at any Cumberland County School parking lot or Ben Lomand Connect/Vol First parking lot 205 Obrien Drive, Crossville, TN 38555. This is not a requirement but a recommendation incase students or parents are in need of Wi-Fi.
During the break, custodial crews will deep clean all schools in the county.
So what prompted the school system to make the decision for an extended Thanksgiving break?
After Halloween the health department noticed a spike in COVID-19 cases in the county. After speaking with health officials, the school system gave extra days to the Thanksgiving break as a time where students can be at home and the schools to be cleaned thoroughly.
“Even though we are in the Yellow Phase, the plan is subject to change. This situation is developing by the day and we will be ready to respond,” said Director of Schools Dr. Ina Maxwell.
Another reason is the school system has exhausted their substitute teacher list and many bus drivers are doubling up on routes just to get children to and from school.
“We are in need of bus drivers and substitute teachers now,” said Dr. Maxwell.
Dr. Maxwell became director of schools after the pandemic started and is adopting to a health crisis of this magnitude not seen in a very long time.
“I want to give all of our principals the tools they need to help strengthen their schools. We have to function as a whole system during this pandemic. We are in this together and must react united during this pandemic and beyond.”
Central office staff, including Dr. Maxwell, will be out at the schools tomorrow (Friday, November 20, 2020) assisting staff with any last minute needs they may have before the school system goes virtual after the Thanksgiving break.
As of today (Thursday, November 19, 2020), 413 students remain virtual learners. This does not include students who are in quarantine as that total changes daily.
As far as dealing with the coronavirus as of November 6, 2020, the school system received:
104,650 child disposable masks
132,705 adult disposable masks
Nearly 2,500 face shields
Numerous touchless thermometers donated unsolicited by Plateau Pediatrics
Several deep cleaning machines
And numerous other PPE items
All supplies mentioned above were funded by either the CARES Act or by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
For any other questions, call the Cumberland County School System at (931) 484-6135.