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McKenzie Special School District

What to Expect in the Upcoming School Year

Posted 7/27/21

As the first day of the 2021-2022 school year approaches, students of the McKenzie Special School District can look forward to a mask-less, almost normal school year.

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McKenzie Special School District

What to Expect in the Upcoming School Year

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As the first day of the 2021-2022 school year approaches, students of the McKenzie Special School District can look forward to a mask-less, almost normal school year.

The school district’s COVID-19 protocols will follow closely with last year’s procedures with slight leniency. As per the May 4 school board meeting, while masks are welcome, there will be no mask mandate at McKenzie schools.

Quarantine policies will follow the Tennessee Department of Health’s procedures and protocols. If a student stays within a six-foot distance for fifteen cumulative minutes of a person who tests positive for COVID-19, he or she will quarantine themselves from school for up to ten days.

Furthermore, all McKenzie students will be on campus this school year unless quarantined. There is no longer a virtual option for students.

Social distancing practices will still be in place. Students will return to standard procedures in the cafeteria.

Using Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Federal Funding, McKenzie schools underwent minor renovations over the summer. At McKenzie Elementary School, new carpet was installed on the gymnasium stage. Ceiling tiles and light fixtures were replaced in the C hall, which was also painted. At McKenzie Middle School, ESSER funding helped to install new carpet in the principal’s office and new flooring in the teacher’s lounge. The library was painted, and a new cooler was installed in the cafeteria. The elementary, middle and high school floors were all refinished, as they are every year.

All water fountains in the three schools have been replaced with touch-free water bottle filling stations. This will provide students with a more sanitary option for hydration.

The ESSER 3.0 application is due August 27 and will give the McKenzie Special School District more opportunities to renovate and improve the schools.

With COVID-19 numbers dropping, Director of Schools Lynn Watkins hopes enrollment numbers will rise again in the upcoming year. So far, he has observed kindergarten numbers higher than in recent years. In the past, McKenzie Elementary has averaged 525 students per year, McKenzie Middle has averaged 373 students per year and McKenzie High has averaged 357 students per year.

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