Tiger Talk 20-21

Edition 1: Updates from Mrs. Headrick #ExpectExcellence

Dear Families,

Just this week, you have been bombarded with lots of information regarding our reentry plan. To be perfectly honest, I think we all are on "information overload." The purpose of this newsletter is to provide you with updates and condensed information from multiple locations.


Updates and the latest news are available in five ways. We have the following social media accounts: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can receive updates from Remind and the school website. Information on how to access those sites is included in this newsletter.


Edition 2 of our newsletter will be published soon with arrival and dismissal plans. Please also check the website frequently as information may be available there before the newsletter is published.


I recently read this tweet from David Geurin. It is so appropriate during this time of uncertainty.


If you're nervous about the start of school, you're not alone.

I can't remember starting a school year with more uncertainty or heaviness.

No one has the answers, but we're better together than if we try to go it alone.

Your voice matters. Your feelings are valid.


Please do not hesitate to reach out to me should you have further questions or concerns. Email is usually the easiest way to contact me, but you are also welcome to call the school. I have included two email addresses that may be used.


Sincerely,

Mrs. Headrick

kheadrick@mctns.net

wmshelp@mctns.net

Registration Plans, Option 1 for Current Students, All Grades

Thursday, July 30th, 4-6pm

1 Butterfly Lane

Whitwell, TN

You simply need to pull to the front side of the school which is the side with the railcar. School personnel will be stationed under the awning. Tell us the grade(s) you need and we will hand registration packets to you while you are in your car. It is not necessary that the student(s) comes, but they are certainly welcome to come. Parents/Students who are choosing the remote learning option must also pick up and complete registration papers.


Completed papers should be returned on the first day of school, August 10. Before July 30, a video will be posted on social media explaining the registration packets and what papers need to be returned.

Registration Plans, Option 2 for Current Students, All Grades

Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 8-11am

1 Butterfly Lane

Whitwell, TN

You simply need to pull to the front side of the school which is the side with the railcar. School personnel will be stationed under the awning. Tell us the grade(s) you need and we will hand registration packets to you while you are in your car. It is not necessary that the student(s) comes, but they are certainly welcome to come. Parents/Students who are choosing the remote learning option must also pick up and complete registration papers.


Completed papers should be returned on the first day of school, August 10. Before July 30, a video will be posted on social media explaining the registration packets and what papers need to be returned.

New Student Registration

Any student who is brand new to the Marion County school system or any student who is transferring from another school will need to call the office to make an appointment. Appointments will take place July 27 - July 31, from 8:00 - 3:00 and should not take more than 30-45 minutes. The office number is 423-658-5635 or you can email me at kheadrick@mctns.net.

COVID-19 Remote Learning Option for Instruction

The information below comes directly from the Marion County Parent/Student Guide for Reentry.


Parents/Guardians will have the choice of their student participating in remote learning. Parents/guardians are required to complete a MCS Remote Learning Application by July 24th, 2020. Once an application is submitted and accepted, the student will participate in remote learning for the fall semester of the 2020 school year (August 4th, 2020 – January 13th, 2021). The learning application is available by clicking on this link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MKQQGK3


Students participating in distance learning will be required to participate in daily scheduled instruction through the use of technology. ZOOM will be used as the platform for direct instruction. District Streaming Teachers will provide direct instruction to all students participating in distance learning.


Attendance will be taken daily and all attendance policies and laws apply. Students will submit assignments and participate in further instruction with their teacher of record through Google Classroom, ZOOM meetings, phone calls, curricular resources, and other avenues of communication. The teacher of record will grade student assignments and assign the course grade.


Students will be encouraged to use personal devices to access instruction. Students without access to a device will be provided one by the district. The student is responsible for the condition and return of the device. Students without internet access will be provided weekly recorded instruction and lessons. The parent/guardian will communicate with the school and schedule a time to pick-up and drop-off videos and assignments. If a district device is used, the student will be required to bring the device each week. Once identified as a distance learning student, the distance learning packet will be provided.


Students participating in remote learning are eligible to participate in extracurricular activities if they meet the attendance requirement in on-site or remote instruction.

Face to Face, On-site Instruction

Face to face instruction in the classroom is the other option for instruction. This, of course, will look somewhat different as the goal is to keep our students as safe as possible. Here are some major points.(This is not an exhaustive list and is subject to change. Updates will be communicated in a timely manner.)


  • Students must have a cloth face covering. This can be a face mask or a neck gaiter. Face coverings should be appropriate and not contain any offensive messages or symbols. The face covering must be worn any time that a student is moving. Examples of these times include, but are not limited to, the following: traveling in the halls, riding the bus, entering and exiting the building, etc. A face covering can be removed once a student is in class, however, we strongly encourage students to wear to limit COVID-19 exposure. If students are placed in small groups in the classroom, face coverings will be expected.
  • Water fountains will be closed. Students will be allowed to bring a water bottle as long as it has some type of lid that can close to help minimize spills.
  • Teachers will be rotating classes, instead of students.
  • Breakfast will be served in the classroom.
  • Seating in the cafeteria, auditorium, and gym has been labeled for 6 feet of social distancing. When possible, these areas will be utilized for lunch. Otherwise, lunch will be served in the classroom.
  • Students will not share supplies. They will need their own pencil box or pouch.
  • Lockers will not be used. Backpacks will be kept in a student's homeroom.
  • Desks in the classroom will be separated as much as possible and will be facing the same direction.
  • If students need to come to the office for any reason, they will have an individual hall pass which is located in their student planner/agenda.
  • Cleaning supplies will be readily available for students and teachers to use throughout the school day.

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