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Sumner County Schools

Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19 School Closure
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Updated April 22, 2020

How long will District schools be closed as a result of the recent developments of COVID-19?

Based on Governor Bill Lee’s recommendation, Sumner County Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

Will my child advance to the next grade?

Almost all of our children will progress to the next grade. We will work next year to address missed learning opportunities from our current closure. Students will only be retained on a case by case basis.

When will Kindergarten registration take place?

Kindergarten registration will be held on June 24, 2020

How will registration work for next year?

Online registration will begin on July 6, 2020. Schools will set student orientation at a later date.

Will SCS students have an extended school year since we have been out so long?

The Tennessee Legislature waived the required 180 days of annual classroom instruction due the Coronavirus. Therefore, school systems are not required to make up days missed due to the public health emergency. Chronic absenteeism and truancy will not be counted this year.

Will summer school be available?

Summer school will be available to those students that need access. We will have more details available on May 14th about the specifics for summer options.

Should I get my Out of Zone paperwork complete?

No. Out of Zone paperwork will be addressed at a later date. Communication will be shared when this needs to be completed.

What about summer camps at the schools?

SCS and partners have every intention of doing summer camps, as long as the all-clear is given to do so. However, like everything else, this may change as more information is received from the State.

Will school daycares be open this summer?

School daycares will open on June 1, 2020.

My child still has personal items in his school. When will students be able to return to clean out their desks/lockers?

Once Governor Lee’s Stay at Home order expires on April 30, schools will schedule a time for parents and students to retrieve their belongings beginning the week of May 11.

Information for Seniors
Have graduation requirements changed for this year’s seniors?

The Tennessee State Board of Education decreased the number of credits required to graduate to 20 credits. This is only applicable to this year’s seniors. Of those 20 credits, 4 must be in Math, 4 in English, 3 in Science, 2 in Social Studies, and 7 from elective courses.

Will there still be high school graduation ceremonies? SCS has rescheduled all high school graduations according to the schedule below:

Beech High School– Saturday, June 27 at 6pm at Long Hollow Baptist
E.B. Wilson Virtual High School– Friday, June 26 at 6:30pm at Central Office
Gallatin High School– Friday, June 26 at 7pm at Gallatin High School
Hendersonville High School– Friday, June 26 at 6pm at Hendersonville High School
Merrol Hyde Magnet School– Saturday, June 27 at 7pm at Merrol Hyde Magnet
Middle College High School at Vol State– Saturday, June 27 at 1pm at Volunteer State Community College in Caudill Hall
Middle Technical College High School at Portland– Saturday, June 27 at 10am at Portland High School
Portland High School– Saturday, June 27 at 10am at Long Hollow Baptist
Station Camp High School– Friday, June 26 at 6:30pm at Long Hollow Baptist
Westmoreland High School– Saturday, June 27 at 9am at Westmoreland High School
White House High School– Thursday, June 25 at 7pm at Long Hollow Baptist

What about other end-of-year activities such as prom, honors nights, etc.?

All activities such as proms, honors nights, 5th grade graduations, etc. have been canceled. However, individual schools may decide to offer virtual alternatives (such as a Virtual Awards Ceremony).

How can seniors get transcripts for scholarships?

Email your child’s counselor or principal. Please be patient, keeping in mind that many school personnel are currently working from home.

What about caps and gowns for seniors?

SCS is working with Jostens on a plan to get caps and gowns to seniors. More information will be released by your school soon

What about yearbooks?

Many schools have teams currently working on their respective yearbooks. Schools are working with their yearbook vendor to make yearbooks available for pickup during the scheduled student belonging pickup time starting May 11.

Information for High School Students
Can my high school student raise his/her semester average?

On April 9, the Tennessee State Board of Education passed a policy that students cannot receive a grade lower than what a student had on March 20. In addition, for high school students, SCS is providing the opportunity for students to increase their grade as of March 20 by up to 5 points. Students can earn 1 enrichment point per week by participating in activities shared by the student’s teacher.

Will my high school student receive the additional rigor points for his/her class?

Yes. All students currently enrolled in an AP class will receive 5 rigor points, regardless if they take the AP exam or not. Students in a dual enrollment class will receive 4 points and students in an Honors class will receive 3 points. These points are in addition to any enrichment points a student may earn during the closure.

What if my child is currently enrolled in a 9-week course?

Contact your school’s principal or the teacher of the course to find out your school’s plan as it relates to current 9-week courses.

What will happen to AP exams?

AP tests will be online, open-note, and open-book. SCS is aware that students and teachers have been contacted directly by the College Board about updates to Advanced Placement testing expectations in light of the coronavirus. Though the format will be non-traditional, SCS believes Sumner County students are better prepared than most to demonstrate their mastery through digital ways. SCS is committed to supporting Advanced Placement students in preparation for the upcoming AP exams, and your school will be in touch during the coming weeks. In the meantime, students can visit the AP Website to continue working through review resources for their specific test. Students should not take steps toward testing on their own without consulting their school first. Students are not alone in this endeavor. Their teacher, principal, and district are here to support them.

What if a high school junior was supposed to take the ACT this Spring?

For current juniors, SCS will provide two ACT tests in the fall at no cost to the student.

If my child has not taken the ACT, can he/she enroll in a dual enrollment course for next school year?

If the dual enrollment course is with Welch College then the student can take the course because a minimum ACT score is not required.

SCS is working with Volunteer State Community College to find out what revised requirements may be in place to enroll in a dual enrollment course next school year.

What about TNReady or End of Course Assessments (all state assessments)?

No state assessments will be given this semester. This includes TNReady, TCAP, End of Course, or any other state assessment.

Lessons/Learning at Home
How do I know what my student should be working on while we are out of school?

SCS curriculum specialists and teachers are working together to prepare resources and activities for all students. Please visit Sumner Connect on the Sumner Schools webpage to follow daily lessons in each subject area.

My child’s school is not showing on Sumner Connect?

Most schools are utilizing the district plan for Sumner Connect. However, if your child’s school opted to have their own plan, the school name is specifically listed on the Sumner Connect page. For all schools following Sumner Connect, click on the appropriate grade band under “District-Wide Materials” to see the grade level plan for your child

How much time should my student spend learning each day?

Be charitable with your day. Families are trying to balance working from home and helping their children with learning. Families can be flexible with their day, moving different lessons around to share technology, work around meals, and a parent’s work day.

Kindergarten - 2nd grade = approximately 2 hours of learning a day

3rd - 8th grade = approximately 3 hours of learning a day

9th - 12th grade = approximately 3-4 hours of learning a day

Who has created the lessons?

A combination of principals, supervisors, and teachers have worked in grade-band specific teams to create lessons and activities for each week.

Are lessons mandatory?

No, but students are highly encouraged to keep learning so they do not lose ground during the closure.

Why aren’t students being graded during this time?

Because of this pandemic, many families in Sumner County are experiencing an uncertainty that is unprecedented. While some teachers may be able to provide regular, structured online classes with students capable of participating, many of our students, families and staff are not able to do that. Because not all students can adhere to the standard that graded online classes would bring and because some grades might be adversely affected by use of an unfamiliar platform, no attendance will be required and no grades will be given. We know that with varied student, family and teacher needs during this time while schools are closed in Tennessee, it’s not appropriate to hold everyone accountable. However, teachers have been asked to provide feedback on selected student work.

How do we hear from our teachers?

Teachers are using a variety of methods to contact families. Students should check their sumnerk12.net email account so they can see their emails and work within any Google Classrooms. Some teachers are also setting up Zoom meetings or sending messages through their classroom Facebook pages. Reach out to your teacher via email if you have not already heard from them.

Are the lessons required?

Sumner Connect has been created to provide at-home learning during this time of school closure. These lessons are intended to help students continue their academic progress. Learning and lessons are not required but are highly encouraged. Students and families should take full advantage of the academic resources that are available.

What if my student does not have a technology device to complete school work?

Contact your school - schools are loaning out technology devices to students.

What if I don’t have Internet access at my house?

Free Wi-Fi access is currently available at three school campuses: HHS parking lot near Cherokee Road, GHS in the front parking area, and in the parking lot by the gym at North Sumner Elementary. Also, Comcast is offering free Internet access for 60 days for qualified families. Click here for details.

In addition, PBS will be televising 20 lessons per week in Math and ELA for grades 1-8.  These lessons are available from 10-12 each weekday. A schedule of weekly lessons can be found at https://www.tn.gov/education/pbsteaching.html and all episodes can be found on the Department of Education's YouTube channel

What about PreK resources?

Please visit the Sumner County PreK website for some online resources.

How does Sumner County know if they are reaching every student?

Each teacher has been asked to be in contact with every child at least once a week. Teachers have also been asked to submit names of students they have not been able to reach so district personnel can ensure the safety and health of all Sumner County students.

What about my child, who is in CDC?

Case managers and teachers will be checking in with each student/family and sharing appropriate resources for activity and enrichment. The Special Education Department and teams are working diligently to assist with connecting resources to families as those are communicated during check in communications.

If schools are closed due to COVID-19, will student support services be provided?

Per guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, all special education and section 504 services will be suspended during a school closure. Once schools are back in session, SCS will fully implement required services. Any other specific student support services can be inquired about through case managers and school student support teams.

What is Edgenuity?

Edgenuity is an online platform SCS is utilizing to provide high school students with instruction. It includes lessons, modules, quizzes and tests. Teachers will provide further directions or families may reach out directly to teachers to ask clarifying questions.

What if we have problems with Edgenuity?

Families are encouraged to begin by reading the one-page descriptors. If problems still occur, email your child’s teacher for assistance

How do students know what courses to sign up for on Edgenuity?

Students should sign up for the same classes they are currently taking at school. If families are unsure, email your child’s guidance counselor

What if my dual enrollment teacher is not responding?

In this instance, please contact Vol State or Welch directly. Look up the dean or head of the department and let them know you can’t get in touch with your child’s teacher.

School Lunches
How/where can I pick up meals for my child(ren)?

Sumner County Schools has shifted to a Tuesday and Friday pick-up with more breakfasts and lunches per pick up. On Tuesdays, families will receive meals for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Fridays, families will receive meals for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Please visit www.sumnerschools.org for schedules and more information.

Sports
Will we be able to finish spring sports?

The TSSAA has announced that all Spring sports are canceled for the remainder of the school year.

What about tryouts for next year’s sports teams and cheerleading?

For teams that typically hold spring tryouts for the upcoming school year, information will be communicated soon by each school about how/when tryouts will be held. No summer sports activities will begin until June 1, 2020.

What about summer workouts and team camps?

These activities are tentatively scheduled to resume on June 1 with restrictions on the number of students allowed to participate at one time. However, this date could be delayed depending on the latest information related to COVID-19.

Human Resources
Are schools still hiring right now?

Yes, schools are interviewing and hiring via Zoom or other methods. Interested applicants are encouraged to go to the Careers page to apply for teaching positions and get started on a career in Sumner County Schools

Sumner County Schools is a collaborative culture of high performing students, teachers, and school communities.