Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates in CMCSS
March 19, 2020
Over the past few weeks, a Communicable Disease Team (CDT) comprised of leaders from CMCSS and the Montgomery County Health Department have been meeting regularly to review the latest guidance from the CDC, monitor the health and attendance of CMCSS students and employees, and make recommendations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
Based on Governor Lee’s recommendation stated during his press conference this on April 15, all CMCSS schools will remain closed through the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. Our district will continue to be focused on providing social, emotional, and academic supports for students. The CMCSS Continued Learning Library will be updated so students can have the resources they need to stay engaged in learning, and our teachers and administrators will continue weekly calls to support students and close achievement gaps. Additionally, we will continue our meal distributions through May 22.
ACT – In Fall 2020, CMCSS will provide opportunities for students to participate in the ACT. The dates are either September 22 or October 6, and a make-up date of October 20 with scores arriving 3-7 weeks later. This will not interfere with Fall break, which is October 12-16, 2020. ACT National administration dates are still in transition for those who would like to participate in those administrations. Please check their website act.org for further information. If you have a senior in need of an ACT retake before the fall, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Placement [AP] – College Board is providing on-going, online support for AP students, and the exam will be given online. ACT provided these additional details on April 3:
- Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.
- Testing window opens May 11
- AP Updates for Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
Please contact your student’s AP teacher or administrator for further guidance.
Central Office – Central Services Gracey is closed to the public until further notice. Each department will be working remotely to ensure essential district functions continue without interruption. If you need assistance, please contact a representative from the respective department via email or voicemail. Central Services South, Operations, and Greenwood, including the Enrollment Center, are closed to the public until further notice.
Grades – On April 9, the State Board of Education determined that no student will be issued a grade lower than what had been earned as of March 20, 2020. Grades for high school credit-bearing courses have unique circumstances, so parents should reach out to teachers or administrators with questions. Parents at any grade level should contact your child’s teacher or administrator if you have concerns about grades.
Kindergarten – Kindergarten Kickoffs originally scheduled for April 21 are postponed. After schools and district offices resume normal business hours, we will begin accepting full kindergarten registrations at the schools when they are open and throughout the summer at the CMCSS Enrollment Center. According to the State Department of Education, children entering kindergarten shall be five (5) years of age on or before August 15 of the current school year. Tennessee State Law also requires that a student going into the first grade must show proof of attendance in an accredited kindergarten program.
Pre-K – Click here for more information about Pre-K applications for the 2020-2021 school year.
Promotion/Graduation – Students who were on track to be promoted to the next grade level or graduate as of March 20, 2020 will do so. Teachers, counselors, and/or administrators have already reached out if your child was at risk of not graduating or being promoted. There are concerns across the nation and world that this gap in classroom instruction will cause students in Pre-K through 11th grade to not be prepared for the 2020-21 school year. Our Curriculum and Instruction Department has provided the standards-based Continued Learning Library to help close this gap, and they will continue to refine the curriculum plans for the 2020-21 school year to ensure students are on track. Please contact your child’s teacher or administrator if you have concerns about promotion or graduation.
Registration – You may begin the enrollment process at enroll.cmcss.net. When schools are back in session, someone from CMCSS will contact the primary guardian listed during pre-registration to provide instructions for completing the enrollment process.
Returning Items/Personal Belongings –
Beginning May 18, parents and guardians will be able to pick up students’ personal belongings and drop off school-owned property such as textbooks, library books, or technology via a curbside, drive-through process at each elementary school. To reduce traffic and adhere to social distancing guidance, the schedule for this process will be staggered by students’ last names.
SF-1010 – Parents/guardians may fill out the form at Central Services Gracey when the building is open to the public. Email email@example.com or call 931-542-5078 for more information.
Food for Children:
Click here for the latest updates.
CMCSS is providing weekly grade-level Continued Learning Resources for students. Click here for more information.
Children thrive within structured environments and it will be important to provide opportunities during the day for your children to be creative, read and discuss what they are reading, and participate in physical activity. It is a good idea to create a daily structure in the mornings and afternoons for your children to do these things.
Social and Emotional Resources:
During this time of fear and uncertainty, students will look to adults for information and comfort. It is important to provide evidence-based information to reduce fears and to seek mental health services or other support when needed. The following resources can help:
- Discussing COVID-19 with children – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health – https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html
- Talking to Your Kids about the Coronavirus – https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
- Find a local therapist – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
- Anxious about coronavirus? Text TN to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
General COVID-19 Information:
COVID-19 information is continuing to evolve as the experts learn more about this disease. We know there is a lot of fear and anxiety around this pandemic, and we assure you the CDT is continuously monitoring this situation. While education is important, the health and well-being of our students and staff are far more significant.
For up-to-date information from the CDC on COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html