Update on LCSS Returning This Fall
Preparations are underway for the 2020-2021 academic year, which will begin on August 3. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we waded into unchartered territory last spring. It has been incredible to see how everyone has rallied together to care for our students.
Our principals and teachers have worked diligently over the past months to connect with students online and through meal pick-up days. The year ended much differently than planned, but we have witnessed celebrations, parades and videos that have made us all smile and feel at ease, while at the same time, reminding us how important schools are for our community.
There are many unknowns concerning school in the fall, however, we have been, and will continue to collaborate with the Tennessee Department of Education, school districts across the state, and others across the country in order to formulate the safest plan for returning to school in August. Our top priority has been and remains a focus on the health, safety and well-being of LCSS students, faculty, and staff. Below are three possible scenarios LCSS could follow in August or at anytime during the academic year due to Covid-19:
Scenario 1: All students attend school with safety and social distancing and other mitigation measures as much as possible. Based on CDC recommendations and guidelines from state and local authorities, new expectations for healthy school environments would be established and carried out regularly by faculty, staff, and students.
Scenario 2: Blended or Hybrid model with some in-person learning and some distance learning. This could potentially be a very fluid situation, and there are several models being drafted across the state-even the nation-for this scenario. Parents and students will be provided transportation for bus riders or those needing transportation if a Hybrid model is needed..
Scenario 3: Distance learning for all students. Expectations for teaching and learning would resume. This format would require students to be engaged in new material, not simply a review of previously taught material. Devices and connectivity availability would be made available for those who experience internet connection difficulty within Lawrence County.
No matter what school may look like in the fall, some things will never change for LCSS. We will continue to move forward and upward. We will provide an excellent education for our students, and we will love and encourage them through whatever scenario we find ourselves in come August.
Thank you for the trust you have shown our teachers, administrators, and district leadership during this unprecedented time. In the weeks to come we will finalize our plans and hopefully announce the scenario LCSS will follow in August. We will communicate more details with you at the appropriate time. Thank you for your continued support of the Lawrence County School System.