DISTRICT UPDATE 1/13/2021
MARYVILLE CITY SCHOOLS
STUDENTS IN GRADES 8-12
MASK MANDATE: Students in grades 8-12 will remain under a mask mandate next week and for the foreseeable future. We will share any changes to this policy in our District Updates.
STUDENTS IN GRADES 4-7
SCHEDULE: All students at MRIS and CGIS will continue on their regular schedule next week. Keep in mind that Monday, January 18 is a holiday.
MASK EXPECTATIONS: Both intermediate schools will continue to expect students to voluntarily wear masks when social distancing cannot occur.
STUDENTS IN GRADES K-3
MASK EXPECTATIONS: All elementary students will continue with current building practices.
MASK EXEMPTIONS - DISTRICTWIDE
- When eating and drinking
- When a documented medical condition is submitted to the school nurse; health, behavioral, or other disability concerns, as noted in his or her IEP or 504 plan(s)
- On a case-by-case basis for specific instructional needs and other activities (such as, when 6 feet distancing can be maintained, outdoor recess, and/or other appropriately distanced activities), as determined by the principal in consultation with the teacher
- Special behavioral or individualized needs as determined by the school principal
2021 MLK ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the 2021 MLK Day Celebration, but Blount Countians will have opportunities to remember Dr. King’s life and legacy during the weekend of Jan. 16-18.
The annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration and March in Blount County both have been cancelled, but a virtual program will be shared online that will include the announcement of the MLK Scholarship winner and a reading of the winning essay by the scholarship recipient. The video can be viewed January 18 on the Blount County MLK Celebration Facebook page, facebook.com/mlkblount.
NAACP also celebrates virtually
The Alcoa-Blount County NAACP Chapter will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King with an education forum and children/youth program, both held over the Zoom video conferencing platform.
- “Building the Beloved Community: Facing History and Ourselves” will be held Sat., Jan. 16, from 9:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and will focus on the importance of diversity in education. To register, people should complete the Google form posted at https://forms.gle/S3jWKeUhUeWUHuZU6. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email.
- “Sharing of Stories Related to Beloved Community/Diversity,” the program for children and youth, will be held from 2-3 p.m., Sat., Jan. 16. To register, people should complete the Google form posted at https://forms.gle/yeSDPrG6vHrEGYB26. Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email.