Johnson City Schools Update
March 24, 2020
At the direction of Governor Bill Lee, Johnson City Schools will join other districts across Tennessee and move our estimated return date to April 27, 2020. Please continue to check jcschools.org for updates.
March 23, 2020
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 contacted by school staff to update documents as needed.
- If Liberty Bell Middle School or Science Hill High School students need a Chromebook, please contact your principal. If you have 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 canceled 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.