DISTRICT UPDATE 9-9-2020
MARYVILLE CITY SCHOOLS
From the Director of Schools
As promised, we release any changes to our instructional plan every two weeks. Our next two-week period begins September 14 and runs through September 25. Today, we are happy to report that there will be "NO SCHEDULE CHANGES" for the next two weeks.
As you will recall from our last update, we allowed students to change from digital to traditional or vice versa. As of today, 82% of our students attend school on campus, Monday through Friday. In grades K-7, we had 96 students return to the classroom and 15 switched to become digital learners. In grades 8-12, about an even number switched instruction, with 46 returning to school and 41 moving to digital learning. The next opportunity to switch instruction will be September 30. By communicating your desire to switch before noon on the 30th, we can make any changes to schedules or personnel during fall break. Students return on October 14th and that is when the change will take effect.
We usually like to share any major changes from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), which helps guide our response to COVID-19 in the schools.
- Close contact is now considered when an individual is within 6 ft. of a confirmed positive case for 15 minutes or more. The old guidance was for 10 minutes or more.
- TDH now keeps active cases in their records for 14 days. Previously, individuals were kept active for 21 days, even asymptomatic cases.
- As a result of the active case protocol change above, Blount County active cases dropped from 601 to 306 in one day.
- Temperatures will continue to be checked at least weekly or as needed in all schools.
- Masks are still REQUIRED on all MCS buses.
MCS FOUNDATION GRANT
We wanted to express our gratitude to the Maryville City Schools Foundation board, staff, and donors for their continued support and acknowledge the most recent grant to our schools. Based on the financial demands and burden of COVID-19 and all the unforeseen expenses we have encountered, the foundation stepped-up to offer help in every school. A grant of $33,000 will be distributed based on enrollment at each school, which works out to about $6 per student. These funds will go a long way to help with intervention, technology, supplies, and equipment that were unexpected expenses over the last few months.
Again, we appreciate the many benefits derived from our partnership with the foundation. While this grant is extraordinary in many ways, the wonderful news is that classroom and program grant requests will continue to be reviewed and awarded monthly. Please join us in thanking the foundation via email at MCSF@maryville-schools.org or by including the foundation in your annual giving plan.
Learn more at https://www.maryvillecityschoolsfoundation.org/.