Weekly Update

Dr. Ryan Glaze, Superintendent

Friday Message October 2, 2020

Friday Message 10/2/2020

With the many unknowns faced before the start of the new school year, we continue to make strong strides and see glimpses of the familiar. We have found a renewed appreciation for just being together in this season of distancing.

Our students and staff have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability in meeting this moment. We are seeing successes inside and outside the classroom that give us reasons to take note and stay the course. Club activities are underway. FFA is in full swing, our performing arts programs are rehearsing for concerts, and eSports teams are preparing for their season. Blue Devil athletics have come out of the gate strong. Our Football team (4-1) is ranked as is our Girls Soccer team (8-3-1). Junior Lucy Quigley, the individual regional champion, earned her second straight trip to the IHSAA Girls Golf State Championships and Missy Henry, Girls Volleyball Coach, reached her 500th career-game win this week!

Earlier this week, we received word that one of our middle school educators received a positive test confirmation for Covid-19. Through our thorough contract tracing effort as well as to be on the safe side, it was best to shift all middle school students to the virtual learning model and put a hold on all after school activities at the middle school beginning Thursday, October 1. In-person classes and after school activities at the middle school will resume on Tuesday, October 13.

We have planned for this scenario and the protocols and procedures in place are working. Of the positive cases reported since the beginning of the year none have resulted in severe illness. Although there is always that possibility, none of us want anyone to suffer the serious symptoms of this virus.

We will be meeting with our Covid-19 Task Force later in the month to chart a course of how school may look after fall break. Tipton County Health Department in an essential part of this group. As long-standing public health advocates, the staff have been an invaluable resource to our schools. They are helping to shine a light on the extraordinary measures we are taking to keep students and staff safe, in school as well as in reducing the risk and transmission of Covid-19 on our campus.

Our knowledge and understanding about how to mitigate and live with it increases every day. We remain grateful that we can keep our buildings open and credit the collaborative efforts of our educators, staff, students, and parents. This remains our goal.

We’ll miss our students and staff at the middle school and look forward to having them all back on campus once they can safely return. Let’s continue to strive for normal in a year that is anything but. #TiptonPride