Tiger Talk 20-21

Edition 3 #ExpectExcellence

Message from Mrs. Headrick

It is not long before the start of school. Teachers and staff have been very busy preparing for the return of all of our students. Even though some students will be participating in remote learning, they are still ours! We are just excited to be able to see everyone, whether it be on-site or remotely.

This edition of the newsletter will contain a lot of information regarding our COVID-19 safety procedures. As I previously mentioned in the last edition, the Marion County Board of Education has created a solid and detailed plan for reentry. (You can read the entire plan by visiting the school website, under the LATEST NEWS section.)

Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers as we have been preparing to start school. We want to keep your children safe and healthy while providing them with a quality education. As always, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns. My contact information is listed below.

Looking forward to a fabulous year!

Mrs. Headrick



Cloth Face Covering and Mask Reminder

Any time a student is moving in our building, a cloth face covering or mask is required. This includes the bus, traveling in the hallways, arrival, dismissal, etc. Once in a classroom, a student may remove the face covering, but is welcome to keep it on. Classrooms are arranged so that students are separated as much as possible. Due to the limited size of the classroom and the number of students, six feet of social distancing is not possible. That is why students have the option of wearing a mask. If a teacher asks students to gather into small groups for instruction, students will be asked to wear their face coverings.

Please remember that if a student's face covering mask has a message or symbol, that message must be appropriate. If you are in doubt, please ask before wearing.

Arrival Procedures for COVID-19

Due to the safety protocols that are in place for COVID-19 this year, our arrival procedures have slightly changed. Prior to 8:00, student drop off is at the back of the building. This is the side that faces the high school. Please remember that all car traffic ENTERS and EXITS via Valley View Highway. The connecting road from the high school is reserved for bus traffic. As a general reminder, students do not need to be dropped off before 7:00 as they may not be supervised.

Students will remain in cars until they have been screened. The screening involves 5 simple questions and a temperature check. Once the screening is complete, students may exit car and enter the building. Students riding buses will also be screened. Buses, however, will take precedence over cars. For example, students on buses are required to have a mask and have been traveling in a hot bus with no air conditioning. Our priority will be to screen them first so that they can exit the bus as quickly as possible.

Four people will be outside each morning screening our students. Two additional people, including the SRO, will be on traffic duty. We want to ask that car traffic be as patient and understanding as possible if there are delays with students being able to exit cars in a timely manner. We will work as efficiently as possible, giving the buses our first attention.

Once a student has been screened, he/she will enter the building and proceed to the bus room. Bus room times are 7:00 - 7:45. This school year, the bus room has been divided into two areas so that we can properly social distance. Fifth and sixth graders will report to the auditorium. Seventh and eighth graders will report to the gym. Seating in both areas has been marked with yellow circles, so that students can easily see where they should safely sit.

Teachers will be picking up their classes from the bus room at 7:45 and escorting students to respective homerooms. Multiple exits from the gym and auditorium will be used when exiting. If a student is dropped off after 7:45, he/she will report directly to his/her classroom. There are also large yellow circles on both sides of the floor as reminders to social distance at all times when traveling.

Dismissal Procedures for COVID-19

As our arrival procedures have slightly changed, there are also some changes to our dismissal procedures. Student pick up is at the back of the building. This is the side that faces the high school. Please remember that all car traffic ENTERS and EXITS via Valley View Highway. The connecting road from the high school is reserved for bus traffic.

First and foremost, car riders will not exit the building in one large group. They will remain in the bus rooms until they are individually called. Each car rider driver will be given a visor placard with your child's name on it. This visor placard should be placed on the driver's sun visor. When the visor is down, the child's name should be visible to school personnel. This visibility will help school personnel when calling for students who are safely waiting in the building. Again, we are asking for your patience with this procedure. More than likely your wait time is going to increase. We do apologize in advance for this inconvenience. We want to keep your children as safe as possible.

COVID-19 Screening Questions

Upon arrival, all students will be asked the following questions. Please help us by discussing these questions with your child prior to arrival. If a student answers yes to any of the following questions or has a temperature of 100.4 or greater, he/she will not be allowed to stay at school.

  1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days?

  2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or stomach symptoms?

  3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?

  4. Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?

  5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

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Drive-Thru Registration #3

Tuesday, Sep. 1st, 7-10am

1 Butterfly Lane

Whitwell, TN

If you have not picked up your registration packet, please make plans to come to the school on this day. This event will be a drive-thru. Teachers and staff will be on the front sidewalk. Simply pull to the curb and tell us the student name and grade level of the packet(s) that you need.

Completed packets are due back to school no later than the first day of school, September 8. There also is a basket outside of the front door where you can drop off completed packets.

If you are unable to come to this event, simply call the office to make arrangements to pick up your packet. All students, including remote learning students, must complete the registration packet.

School Visitors

All school visitors entering the office must wear a mask, have your temperature taken, and complete COVID-19 screening questions. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation in this matter. We want to protect you and others.