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In-Person Schedule Change
In-Person Schedule Change
Shannon Stark
Wednesday, August 05, 2020

In-Person Schedule Change

Good Morning TC Students and Families,

As of today we have had 89% of our population complete the “Return to School” survey and currently 32% of our students have selected the at home virtual learning option. Because we have approximately one-third of our students that will be learning from home, we recognize that it will be necessary to provide support to our educational staff to have adequate time to plan, prepare, connect and communicate with our virtual students. In order to do this, we will implement a district-wide Non-Traditional Instructional Day (Raider Day) every Friday beginning September 4, 2020. So what does this mean for me and my family?

This change will have no effect on virtual students and families because these students will already be doing their learning from home each school day. For in person students, this means that students in grades K-12 will attend school physically Monday through Thursday, however, Fridays will be Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) days, and students will complete their lessons from home.

All Trimble County School Staff will be reporting to work on NTI Fridays so therefore, teachers will be accessible to all students, virtual and in-person students for any support they may need on these days.

We realize that many of our parents/guardians work and are not home on Fridays and we do not want this to be a barrier to any of our families that selected the in-person option. Therefore, MES and BES will provide NTI Day Childcare every Friday from 8:00am to 3:15pm. This service is available to students in grades K-6 that opted for in-person learning. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided and the Healthy At School Guidelines will be followed. For any child that needs to stay beyond 3:15pm, our after school ACES program will still be an option. ACES operates daily at MES and BES from 3:15pm to 6:00pm for $8/day. The cost is for ACES only, there is not a cost for NTI Childcare.

In the event that we are forced to close our facilities to in-person instruction, NTI Childcare will not be available. This is only a provided service while in-person instruction is permissible.

Meal Service will also be available for all of our families on NTI Fridays. Pick-up will be offered as well as meal delivery.

As always, Trimble County Public Schools will continue to monitor the situation, reassess procedures and make changes as needed and/or recommended by local, state and federal authorities. As the pandemic evolves, our staff continues to revisit and improve our reopening plans to ensure that we can provide the safest in-person instructional opportunities possible for our families that have selected this option.

Please keep in mind that TCPS wants to keep students’ education as uninterrupted as possible and all efforts are being made to provide an equitable, quality educational experience for all of our students regardless of the setting.

If you have questions about our reopening plans, please feel free to contact your child’s school or the Trimble Co. Board of Education and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. We are truly all in this together trying to support our staff, students, families and this community…. Our Community! #weareTC