JSE Weekly Newsletter
December 7 - December 11
PTO FUNDRAISER MONDAY, DECEMBER 7TH!
Changes to December Calendar
As you know, our last day of instruction before winter break is December 15. However, we will not hold classes on campus on December 14th or 15th. Instead,
- students in grades 4-12 will be DIGITAL LEARNERS on December 14th and 15th.
- students in grades K-3 will receive enrichment and intervention materials and resources to work on at home.
Each school will provide detailed information to support learning on these two days. With this change, the last day for on-campus classes will be Friday, December 11. Hopefully, these extra days at home and the break to follow will be a welcome respite for everyone.
Digital devices will be sent home with all 4-12 grade students, including day users, during the Thanksgiving and Winter breaks. Students in grades K-3 will not require a device for home use.
Adventure Club will be OPEN on December 14th and 15th.
Again, no ON-CAMPUS classes will be held on December 14th and 15th. Instruction for grades 4-12 will be DIGITAL ONLY during these two days. Elementary teachers will provide specific directions and plans for K-3 students, who will also be at home on December 14th and 15th.
3rd Grade Unicycle Club
Adventure Club News
City of Maryville Sanitation Santa Program
December 21, 22, and 23
9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Toys will be distributed at the Theater in the Park, 325 Court Circle, Maryville (across from First Baptist Church on Lamar Alexander and beside the Court House)
Distribution is on a first-come, first-served basis. No sign-ups are required.
Toy and gift distribution is for children newborn to 15 years.
How to qualify:
*Proof of ID in the form of Social Security Card, birth certificate, library card, school id, insurance card, etc. for each child.
*Proof of residency in Blount County (address on state ID, utility bill, etc) for parent/guardian.
*If the adult present is not the parent, proof of guardianship.
*No other assistance has been provided by other agencies for child. (We link with United Way and other charitable agencies. Families may be assisted by only one organization for Christmas gifts.)
The process and procedures may change this year due to COVID-19. Please check maryvillegov.com/sanitationsanta for more information.
Changes to Instructional Method
Families are limited to changing instructional options one time for the entire school year. Please call the office at 865-983-8551 if you plan to switch.
1. Please keep your student at home if symptomatic. The guidelines are to stay home for 10 days for COVID-level symptoms. Sometimes just taking one day at home will help parents or physicians determine if the symptoms are actually COVID level or not.
2. If you are considering giving your child a COVID test or are awaiting the results of a COVID test, please keep your child at home until a determination is made and results are provided. Initially, the guidance from the health department was to not test until symptomatic. However, we are now seeing an increase in testing regardless of symptoms. At this time, we ask that you keep your student at home even if you choose to administer a test to your child without symptoms out of an abundance of caution.
3. If your child has been in close contact with a person outside of the school environment who is positive, please take action and inform the school and keep your child home for 14 days. The close contact definition is proximity to an infected person for longer than 15 minutes and less than 6 feet with tracing beginning 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or a positive test. If you know your child is a close contact to an infected person, please take this action even if the Health Department never contacts you to officially identify your child as a close contact. The school will happily accept your parent report of Close Contact and will follow-up by providing digital instruction to your student for the 14-day isolation period.
4. Immediately inform the school of all positive test results. These actions are critical to COVID management at the school and district level. If the “possibly positive” student stays at home until the test results are provided, that eliminates all of those days for close contact tracing because for each positive case, we are required to look back 48 hours to identify close contacts based on the 6 foot/15 minute guidance.
The only chance we have to prevent spread is for sick kids and adults to stay home and for everyone to work as a team on proactive strategies. We appreciate your cooperation.