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Schools Will Not Resume For 2019-20

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Based on a recommendation from Governor Bill Lee on Wednesday, area schools will not resume the 2019-20 school year.
Directors of individual school districts, along with school board members and administrators, now have many decisions to make on the implementation of the closure.
Schools must determine how grades will be calculated. Governor Lee and the Tennessee State Board of Education recommend that grades be based on what students had achieved as of March 20.
High schools must determine plans for graduations and other activities involving seniors.
Districts must also make plans regarding meal services.
Lastly, officials must provide this information to the public and instruct parents and students on what actions they need to take.

McKenzie Director of Schools Lynn Watkins told The Banner that district officials will meet Wednesday morning to begin to solidify plans. He encourages parents to check school websites, read The Banner or call the schools or district office for more information. He noted that food service will continue the current schedule through May 20.
McKenzie High School Principal Kelly Spivey announced last week that the school is holding graduation with limited attendance on Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium.
West Carroll Director Dexter Williams told The Banner, “At this time there is no action that parents need to take other than to monitor our district website and Facebook page for new information and updates. There will be several announcements coming in the next several days. Grades will be calculated based on what students had as of March 20. This is the recommendation from Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee State Board of Education. There are no additional plans for graduation or other official activities at this time. We will definitely have a graduation for our seniors, but we just don’t know when that will take place. The date of graduation and other activities will depend on safer at home orders and CDC recommendations. The administration, faculty/staff and I are currently working on some special things to honor our seniors. Those plans aren’t finalized yet. Meal deliveries are suspended at this time. We hope to be able to resume at a later date.”
Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn released this statement regarding the Governor’s recommendation to extend school closures through the end of the school year and the creation of the of the COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force.
“I appreciate the governor’s recommendation schools remain closed through the end of the school year to protect the health and safety of all Tennesseans. The coronavirus pandemic is constantly evolving, and we are only starting to see how this pandemic is affecting our children,” said Dr. Penny Schwinn. “Children being out of school for such a long time has significant implications for a child’s wellbeing, and this poses a different kind of challenge for all of us, as communities and as a state. There is critical work ahead, and I am honored to convene the COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force in the coming weeks to focus state and local leaders on the wellbeing of Tennessee’s children.”
Commissioner Schwinn will be convening a COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force to support local leaders and communities in caring for students, particularly those who are vulnerable or most at risk. Details about the Task Force will be announced in the coming weeks.

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