TMCS Parental Update Videos
We will be hosting a monthly parent meeting to update the community and share pertinent information, as well as offer a chance for parents to ask questions and share insights. We will also archive the meetings here for future reference. We all look forward to a great opening to the 2020-2021 school year.
School Reopening: A Memo to Parents
July 21, 2020
Dear TMCS Community:
Let me start out by saying the past 5 months have been a challenging time for us all; parents, teachers and children. From the day we began remote learning in March we started planning for the return to school in the fall. So many people have worked all summer long to develop protocols and guidelines for a safe return to school. We have made building improvements and endless modifications to programming and scheduling in hopes that we could open our doors, while keeping our students and staff safe.
We have surveyed our staff and school families and we all recognize the importance of children receiving in-class instruction. Believe me, as a staff, we are really missing the kids. We also recognize the strain on some families having their child home receiving remote instruction. These are unprecedented times and they are difficult for us all.
Over the past few months we have been following the data and metrics of the case counts in Henderson County. As I’m sure you are aware the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to climb. Additionally, the delays in receiving COVID-19 test results create a very difficult situation for schools. A teacher or student could have the virus, exposing others, but because the test confirmations are currently taking 5-10 days we would have difficulty making decisions in the best interest of those who may have been exposed. As a school we are committed to following the guidelines and mandates that NCDHHS and the CDC has offered; however, it will be a challenge to have school age children social distance and wear face masks for 7 hours a day. These are but a few of the hurdles we are facing when considering a return to in-class instruction.
Our school board met last evening and unanimously voted to start the first quarter – 9 weeks of the 2020-2021 school year in remote instruction. This was a very difficult decision for our board and entire TMCS organization. In the end there are just too many risks to the children and the staff and we feel with rising case counts and delayed testing results it is unsafe to gather in school at this time. It is our goal to continue to monitor closely the metrics in Henderson County and enter school in a “Plan B” as outlined in the attached Handbook as soon as it is safe to do so. It is possible that we could return to in-class instruction before the end of the first quarter. We will continue to communicate with the community as the staff and board make back to school decisions.
The staff have spent a great deal of time this summer updating our remote learning plan so it is more robust and easier for children and parents to access. We will be sending a separate notification outlining the tenants of the remote learning plan in more detail very soon.
In closing I want to ask for your patience and support. We have some tough decisions ahead, but we are committed to providing the very best instruction to each and every student at TMCS. We will work with you to continue to challenge your child and meet their academic needs whether it is with remote or an in-class instruction model. We are in this together!
Good to Go: TMCS’s Handbook to Reopening