Good evening, CMCSS families, As we get closer to the first day of school in just three short weeks, our community is experiencing a wide range of emotions from excitement to apprehension to fear. When the CMCSS Communicable Disease Team (CDT) made the decision to close schools on Fri., Mar. 13, I hoped and prayed that the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic would improve quickly in our community and across the globe. However, a few weeks later we had to close school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Today, five months later, America is still in a national emergency. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advocated in late June that all policy considerations for the coming school year start with a goal of having students physically present in school, but CMCSS was already ahead of that guidance. Having served over 25 years in public education, I know how important it is to have students in the schoolhouse. My career as a teacher and principal began in high-needs, low-socioeconomic schools in Tulsa, OK. It was during these years that I came to understand that while educators must remain focused on the academic growth and achievement of each child, in order to meet those benchmarks, schools have to meet students’ other needs. School is a safe haven for many students. A place where they feel loved, appreciated, and empowered. A place where children can have access to meals, school counselors and nurses, the arts and physical education, reliable internet access, special services, and so much more. An environment where structure, self-discipline, soft skills, and social and emotional learning are taught and reinforced. While schools are often measured only by standardized test scores, any educator can tell you that we also measure our success by meeting the needs of the […]
Dear Parent/Guardian, On behalf of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS), we wanted to express our deep commitment to the well-being and safety of you and your family during the on-going pandemic. We know that many of you may still have questions about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on your child’s education, including the supports and services provided through your child’s Individualized Education Plan or 504 Plan. In the coming days, your child’s case manager will be reaching out to you in collaboration with other school personnel to develop a COVID-19 Continuous Learning Individualized Plan (CLIP). The CLIP does NOT replace the IEP nor 504, but instead documents how all services and supports in your child’s IEP or 504 plan will be implemented in a virtual environment. Please expect communication from your child’s case managers in the weeks to come. Thank you again for your consistent support of your child’s education. We look forward to continuing our partnership. Thank you, The Department of Special Populations and Student Support Services
Please see below for several reopening updates for all students with sections below for CMCSS K-12 Virtual and traditional-specific updates. Updates for ALL students: IMPORTANT UPDATE: Laptops for K-12 The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System will provide all K-12 students, both traditional and virtual, with a laptop for the 2020-21 academic year. CMCSS district leaders are committed to providing all students access to instruction no matter the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CMCSS Technology Department reallocated resources making it possible for kindergarten and first-grade students who chose the traditional model to now be assigned a device. In the event that a school may move to the remote learning model under the Continuum of Learning, traditional kindergarten and first-grade students will now be able to access online learning platforms from their school assigned laptops. Technology Distribution Days Families can pick up devices during specified Technology Distribution Days, beginning on August 20. CMCSS parents and guardians will receive electronic communication, to include the Technology Usage Agreement and Protection Plan, in the coming days. These documents must be reviewed, signed, and returned electronically prior to the student receiving his/her laptop. Technology distribution will occur at your student’s enrolled school. All traditional and CMCSS K-12 Virtual students can pick up their device on the following days: August 20, 21, 24 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. August 25 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. Parents should have a photo ID and their child(ren)’s name(s) and grade level(s). Students who still have textbooks, library books, or a technology device that CMCSS has indicated must be returned should bring all items to the Technology Distribution Day. Laptops will not be distributed to students who have not returned necessary items. Students who already have a district-issued laptop and have not been instructed to return the device do […]
The district has made several updates to its health and safety protocols for the traditional model. There are updates in the following categories: Cafeteria/Child Nutrition Cleaning/Sanitizing/Facility Operations Continuum of Learning – Moving from Traditional to Remote Updated metrics and criteria for moving from traditional to remote COVID-19 Exposure Response Plan New CMCSS Return to Work/School Flowchart Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Monitoring Equipment & Personal Hygiene Supplies Face Masks (now required for elementary students; updated guidance for all students and employees) Please click here to review the full health and safety overview. Parents/guardians who have already submitted their responses for traditional vs. CMCSS K-12 Virtual should contact their child(ren)’s enrolled school no later than Friday, July 31, if they need to change their choice(s) after reviewing the update. The front offices at schools are open M-F from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Next week, school-based personnel will be reaching out via telephone to parents/guardians from whom we have not received responses to ensure all families have the opportunity. Families choosing traditional for their child(ren) should make preparations throughout the year in the event that school buildings are closed and remote learning must take place for all students. For families who selected CMCSS K-12 Virtual for their child(ren), counselors and administrators will begin the process of case reviews next week. Counselors and administrators will only reach out to parents/guardians of students for which there are concerns or necessary course changes. Counselors and administrators will not reach out if there are no course changes or concerns. All parents/guardians of students who have selected CMCSS K-12 Virtual will receive additional communications in the coming weeks with more information about Learning Mentor trainings, laptops, etc.
In the traditional model, students are physically present in their zoned schools. While the traditional model will provide some normalcy during the pandemic, there will be several district-wide and school-specific precautions and modifications in place to mitigate, not eliminate, risk of COVID-19.
Dr. Rosalyn Evans has been selected as the Director of High Schools, replacing Dr. Mason Bellamy who was named Chief of Academics and Schools for Metro Nashville Public schools. Dr. Evans has over 35 years of experience in education, previously serving 22 of those years in CMCSS. Since 2018, Evans has served as the Director on Special Assignment of AVID in San Diego, CA after spending four years leading strategic school improvement initiatives for the Region 13 Education Service Center in Austin, TX. Evans served as the CMCSS Director of Secondary Schools from 2004-2014, supervising middle and high school principals and leading instruction and curriculum improvements across the district. She also has served in CMCSS as the principal of Kenwood Middle School, an assistant principal at Clarksville High School, and a middle school science teacher. Before joining CMCSS in 1992, Evans had 12 years of teaching experience in Texas and Germany. Evans received her Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee State University, M.S. in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, and B.S. in Education from Texas College. “Dr. Evan’s leadership has had a dynamic impact on the schools she has lead, the leaders she has helped grow, and the communities that has served over her career,” stated Dr. Sean Impeartrice Chief Academic Officer. “I am thrilled to have Dr. Evans back in CMCSS, making a positive impact on our schools and community.” Melissa Johnson has been selected as the principal of Liberty Elementary School, replacing Sherry Baker who was named the principal of Sango Elementary School. Johnson has served as the assistant principal of Liberty Elementary School since 2014. She has been an educational leader at CMCSS since 1997 serving as a teacher at Northeast Elementary and Sango Elementary schools. Johnson also served as assistant principal at Barkers Mill […]
Free and Reduced Meal Applications The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System is now accepting applications for free and reduced meal applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Families can apply through SchoolCafé, now through the beginning of the school year. Applications must be submitted and approved each school year regardless of a family’s previous eligibility. Parents/guardians who feel their household may be eligible for free or reduced meal benefits should apply online at www.schoolcafe.com. The online application allows for a contact-free, secure application environment. Free and reduced meals are available for students choosing either traditional or CMCSS K-12 Virtual. Eligibility requirements include, but are not limited to: All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court Children participating in their schools’ Head Start program Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant Children may receive free or reduced-price meals if the household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. For more information, click here for a flyer from the Child Nutrition Department on free and reduced meal applications and SchoolCafé. Meal Prepayment All CMCSS families who wish to use the cafeteria this year are encouraged to pre-pay their student’s cafeteria account via SchoolCafé. The safe and convenient online system allows parents to make payments, track meal balances and purchases, and monitor their student’s account. Prior to the start of the school year, CMCSS families have an additional option for food assistance: Free Meals for Children CMCSS will continue offering free meals to children in Clarksville-Montgomery County through Fri., Aug. 28 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the following locations: Barksdale Elementary, Burt Elementary, Glenellen Elementary, Moore Magnet Elementary, Montgomery Central High, Northeast High, and […]
We appreciate your continued support, patience, and understanding. As of this morning, the district has received electronic forms for 80% of our 36,000 students, with 40% opting for CMCSS K-12 Virtual and 60% choosing the traditional model. Of those selecting the traditional model, around 55% have selected CMCSS transportation. At 11:59 p.m. on Wed., July 22, families will no longer be able to access the electronic form. Parents/guardians who have not received a form, still need to make their selections, need to update their contact information, or require any other changes/corrections should contact their child’s enrolled school beginning Fri., July 24. The front offices at schools will be open M-F from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note: the district previously planned to open front offices on July 23, but is providing an extra day for front office personnel to be trained on the new processes. Those who have already reached out to [email protected] do not need to submit another request. Teams are still working through these requests and will respond to families as soon as possible. For families who selected CMCSS K-12 Virtual for their child(ren), counselors and administrators will begin the process of case reviews next week. Counselors and administrators will only reach out to parents/guardians of students for which there are concerns or necessary course changes. Counselors and administrators will not reach out if there are no course changes or concerns. All parents/guardians of students who have selected CMCSS K-12 Virtual will receive additional communications in the coming weeks with more information about Learning Mentor trainings, laptops, etc. At any point during the academic year, which begins on August 31, CMCSS may need to have students in the traditional setting move to remote learning based on the circumstances of the pandemic. Students in CMCSS K-12 Virtual will […]
CMCSS understands that some families have received the electronic form to select between traditional or CMCSS K-12 Virtual via text/email with incorrect information OR have not received a form at all. Parents/guardians, please email [email protected] if you have these issues and have not already reached out so that we can update information in PowerSchool and resend the link. If you have already emailed [email protected], please know that we will get to your request as soon as possible. Due to high email volumes and the need to verify custodial parent/guardian information for each request, we are experiencing longer response times. The district has a team of individuals working through the requests to update contact information and resend links. Additionally, we have teams working through student-specific questions (IEP, 504, EL, focused electives, etc.). We will respond as soon as possible. In many instances, we are finding that our communications via SchoolMessenger are being blocked by a parent’s cell phone or email server. If parents/guardians have a cell number on file and are not receiving text messages, text “Y” to 67587 to opt-in to messages. For email, please be sure to check your spam folder and whitelist [email protected] Over the weekend, the links will automatically be sent to families from whom we have not received a response. Please know that we will continue working with families in these situations to ensure they can make the best choice for their children and families even after July 19. However, it is important for families who have received the electronic form with correct information and are not awaiting answers to student-specific questions to please submit the form no later than July 19 so the district can begin making staffing and operational decisions next week. Please continue visiting cmcss.net/reopening for more information. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding as we […]
After reviewing feedback, questions, and concerns about students who are enrolled in the high school Academies of CMCSS and their options with CMCSS K-12 Virtual, the district has made modifications to its plan. If you feel that CMCSS K-12 Virtual is the best option for your child and family, please register for that option. The district will do everything it can to accommodate the course load for which a student had originally registered, to include CTE courses that are part of the Academy pathway. After all families across the district have made a choice between CMCSS K-12 Virtual or traditional, counselors will reach out to individual families regarding specific course requests and nontraditional options for which the district may be able enroll students in those courses with CMCSS K-12 Virtual. After reviewing this update, if you have already selected the traditional option for your Academy student and would like to change your selection to CMCSS K-12 Virtual, please email [email protected]