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Closure FAQ for Families
The situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus is rapidly evolving. Our district leadership team continues to develop contingency plans for what we can do to continue education and communication with our students and families. Below are important points of information from the Johnson City School’s district office:
- During the extended closure, parents and guardians should refer frequently to the Johnson City Schools’ website at www.jcschools.org for the most current information.
- Information about meal distribution locations can be found here.
- Nine-Weeks Report Cards: Student report cards for grades 4-12 for the third nine-weeks will be available through PowerSchool (Gradebook Portal) on Friday, March 27th. Report cards for students in grades K-3 will be distributed at a future date.
- Instructional Resources: Johnson City Schools is committed to providing high-quality instructional activities for our students during this closure. We will continue adding to these resources as needed. Reading is one of the most important activities that students can engage in during the school closure. We encourage parents and students to formulate a schedule that allows time for academic work each day such as reading, packet work, or digital work, but we also encourage regular play, physical activity, artistic pursuits, and other non-academic pursuits that will contribute to student well-being.
- Instructional Packets: Instructional packets for grades K-8 will be available at each school site beginning Thursday, March 26, as well as at food distribution sites. Content in packets will provide approximately three weeks of academic work in English language arts and math. PreK resources are currently online and paper packets will be available in the near future.
- Digital Instructional Resources: Teachers will also be using various digital platforms (Canvas, Google Classroom, Bloomz, SeeSaw, etc.) to engage with students during the closure. Additional digital resources are also available for students and parents here.
- Parents of students with disabilities or 504 plans will be contact by school staff to update documents as needed.
- If Liberty Bell Middle School or Science Hill High School students need a Chromebook or has issues with a student Chromebook, there is a live JCS technology support line. For any technology issue at any grade level, please call 423-427-3600 on Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
- Parents should expect some type of weekly communication from their child’s teachers. If a parent has a question, please reach out to the teacher.
- Decisions regarding scheduled school events will be made as information becomes available from state and local officials. At this point, any extracurricular events scheduled have been cancelled through April 5. A running list of school and district cancellations can be found here.
- A specific FAQ for Science Hill students and parents will be released on Tuesday, March 24.
- Throughout the closure, Johnson City Schools is asking that parents, students, and teachers use the hashtag #JCSALLIN to maintain a sense of community within our district.
Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all Johnson City Schools, except Educare programs, will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18, and all calls should be directed to Central Office at 423-434-5200. For further updates, please visit our webpage or www.jcschools.org/COVID-19.
Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, we will have up to 20 feeding sites that will model our summer feeding program. The list of the sites will be posted here by 5 p.m. Friday, March 20. Meals can be picked up from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We will also have three foodservice vans and two activity buses that will deliver food to areas in the community. Those sites will be also be posted here. This service will be available free of charge for all children ages 2-18, even if they are not enrolled in Johnson City Schools.
Central Office administrators are working with instructional coaches and teacher leaders to develop packets for students in K-6 who might not have access to online resources. For those with access, online resources will be available. For students in grades 7-12 without WiFi access, there will be packets available for pick-up at their school. Students in grades 7-12 will have opportunities available online through Canvas. The intent of all work is for practice and reinforcement of grade-level standards. Students in advance placement courses will receive instructions from their teachers. Dual enrollment students are directed to follow all communication from their institution of higher learning. Students at Liberty Bell and Science Hill who need a Chromebook may pick one up at the school on Monday, March 23 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Packets will be available for pickup on Thursday, March 26 at their home school. Online resources will be available by Wednesday, March 25 and updated on a regular basis.
Beginning Monday, March 23, we plan to have Educare remain open at six elementary school sites and Indian Trail. Mountain View will attend North Side Educare and Cherokee will attend Woodland Educare.
The purpose of continuing the program is to help support essential services in our community to ensure that food, healthcare and other essential services are available to the citizens in this area. Many of our parents work in these support systems and its imperative that we have this program as long as we can. We participate in daily updates with our regional and state health departments and follow their recommendations and the CDC guidelines that are available for our website. Currently, guidance for childcare programs and schools is organized into three categories based on the level of community transmission: 1) when there is no community transmission (preparedness phase), 2) when there is minimal to moderate community transmission, and 3) when there is substantial community transmission.
For more information from the CDC, please click here.
If your student has essential medications at school, you should be contacted by a school nurse for a pick-up time. If you have not heard from a school nurse by the end of the day Thursday, March 19, please contact 423-434-5200.
At this time, we are not coordinating non-staff volunteers.
Updated as of 3/16/2020
Dear Johnson City Schools families and employees:
After careful consideration and discussions with our local and state partners, along with the recommendation of Governor Lee, Johnson City Schools will be closed until April 6, as we continue to monitor the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes all extra-curricular activities, all theater and music performances, and athletic activities, including practices.
While we are currently on spring break, our administrative staff has been working on plans for child care, meals, instructional resources and making counselors available for both staff and students during closure. As soon as those plans are finalized, we will release them to the public.
As of now, all Educare sites will remain open. At those sites, staff and students will have daily temperature screenings and practice proper procedures for social distancing. As soon as more information becomes available, we will notify the public.
Our Coronavirus (COVID-19)/Pandemic Response Plan is available here and we will revise it as new information becomes available from the Washington County Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
All School and school events are canceled until April 6.
Travel for School-Related Business (Employees) - Effective March 16, 2020, all school-related travel outside of the Tri-Cities area will be suspended until further notice. We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide regular updated guidance. If school-related travel has already been booked, please work with your principal or supervisor to cancel airfare, hotel accommodations, etc. for refund or credit. If you believe your travel is essential to your job, please discuss it with your principal or supervisor prior to travel.
Other Travel (Employees) – Based upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) if you travel internationally, on a cruise ship or to one of the areas in the United States listed as high risk by the CDC you must contact your principal or supervisor prior to your departure. Upon return from travel, if you are exhibiting virus-related symptoms, you will be directed to remain away from the workplace for a 14-day period. Even if you are not exhibiting symptoms, depending on your travel location, you may also be directed to remain away from your workplace while we evaluate risk levels. We highly recommend that employees discuss international or cruise ship travel with their healthcare provider prior to departure and upon return if virus-like symptoms are present.
Cleaning Steps in Our Schools - Our district staff tracks absenteeism daily at each school. If the percentage of staff or students absent at any location begins to spike, our Maintenance Department works with our custodians to provide extra sanitation efforts. That effort includes extra cleaning of high contact areas as well as other parts of the school. Our Maintenance Department utilizes the latest in sanitization technology to clean our schools.
Helpful Tips from CDC
Below are some generally helpful tips from the CDC we can utilize to help ensure personal health:
- Remember it's not too late for a flu vaccination. See your health provider for additional information.
- Wash hands often with soap and water, for at least twenty seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
- If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
- Cough into the sleeve of your shirt or use tissues that are then properly disposed of after use.
For additional information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please click this link to the CDC.