Crockett County Schools Re-Opening Framework

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Crockett County Schools Re-Opening Framework for Students and Families 2020-2021

 

July 27, 2020 


To the Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff of Crockett County Schools, 


The spring of 2020 brought about unprecedented changes to our society and our education system. As we look forward to the 2020-21 school year in our pre-kindergarten (pre-K) through grade 12 schools, we anticipate that SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – will continue to circulate. Students, teachers, and other school staff will be at risk for transmitting and acquiring infection. It is important that everyone in the school community take steps to reduce transmission, particularly to those at high risk, while balancing the need to maintain a strong education system that effectively supports staff, students, and communities. 


Schools are a critical component of communities and have tremendous impact on the health, well-being, growth, and development of students and families. Education is a fundamental determinant of health because it cultivates life skills, knowledge and reasoning, social-emotional awareness and control, and community engagement, which serve people over the course of a lifetime. Schools themselves also function as tools and resources for public health intervention by addressing core needs such as nutrition, access to health and social support services, and engagement and support of families and the community as a whole. 


We developed this document to provide pre-K through grade 12 (K-12) students, parents, and staff guidance around policies, practices, and strategies that schools must implement and recommendations they should consider to optimize education and promote health and safety, while mitigating risk throughout the school year. 


This is not a “one size fits all” guide and is based on best practice guidance and information from relevant state and federal agencies. However, due to the nature of COVID-19, this is ever-evolving information so our district will work closely with the local health department and other partners to ensure our policies, procedures and protocols align with the current information and data about COVID19. As the situation evolves, it is expected that these plans will need to be re-evaluated and adjusted as necessary. 


We cannot wait for students to return to our schools. Our teachers, principals and staff are eager to greet students and have voices and faces in the classrooms. Crockett County Schools intends to start school on August 24, 2020. In order to continue in-person education, it is critical that all students, staff and all stakeholders follow the guidelines we have included in the packet. Self-monitoring is a crucial part of reducing the risks of exposure to others.  Our district will be requiring all parenting adults to assess each student before sending him/her to school each day.  It is crucial for you to complete this assessment each morning to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  We are asking you to check for the following symptoms: Fever of 99.5 or greater, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, new loss of taste/smell, GI symptoms (vomiting/diarrhea) or exposure to a COVID-19 case during the prior 48 hours.  

 
We will begin the school year on August 24th for those students who feel comfortable starting back in person.  In order to provide appropriate social distancing and other safety precautions, we will begin the first two weeks of school in Scenario 3 of our district plan.  This scenario provides time for in-person learning, as well as distance learning.  

Staggered Reopening Schedule
 
The last few months have been challenging for our entire community; district and school staff, parents, and especially for our students.  We know that going into this year, school may not go back to the exact same way it was.  As optimistic as we may be about a return to some level of normalcy, we are preparing for all possibilities.  This plan will walk you through our reintroduction priorities, health guidelines, our 4-Scenario Plan, and what those scenarios mean for instruction, special education, environment, transportation, and custodial services.   
In all scenarios of the plan, the health and safety of our students and staff are a top priority and the opening of school will be done in consultation with our partners in public health.  As you will see towards the end of the plan, we will prepare for the possibility of transition between scenarios throughout the school year based on positive COVID-19 cases in our community.   


I thank you for your patience, continual support and feedback as we work though the details of these scenarios and make our way back together as normal. 
Sincerely, 
 
P.A. Pratt 

Director of Schools                                                                                                                                                             

 





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