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Monday, June 29, 2020

Roadmap to School New Normal Initiative

Moving forward we have decided to provide a Roadmap for our School New Normal Initiative to have a one-stop-shop to house all of the information around our plan. Currently, the Roadmap has all of the information that has been presented thus far. The Roadmap is our way of being transparent and communicating with stakeholders as often as possible as we navigate these unprecedented times.

This month, the state board of education passed a policy around a Continuous Learning Plan (i.e., CLP). This plan will ultimately drive what schools look like in the Fall. While we are uncertain of when school will start, please know that we are doing every thing within our authority to prepare for a safe and on schedule return, we must continue to observe guidance from the national, state and local levels.

Now, putting on my parent hat — my wife and I are facing the same struggle as many. Our jobs require us to report to work daily while we must decide what do we do with our son. So where does that leave us? Imagine that! You thought it was just hitting your house. I share all of that to say, I will always consider both sides, leader and parent, as I think through situations, issues and/or crises. In my past experiences as a superintendent and a parent of a child who experienced the life of public schools, families have appreciated my decisions around schools and students.

Please click the Roadmap link below to observe the latest information. Surveys will go offline this week and we will be providing an analysis of the results. Click here to take a look at guidance from the state as well.

Pandemic EBT Program

Because schools were closed due to COVID-19 and our district participates in the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, all children in Jackson-Madison County Schools are eligible for $5.70 per child for each day during the months of March, April and May in food benefits through the Pandemic EBT program. A message went out on June 15th from the school district on how to apply. We are in the middle of the open enrollment period for households to apply.

Families will get up to $5.70 per child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries. If you already have this card, you do not need to apply online. The amount will be automatically placed on your P-EBT card. Those families who wish to apply can go to http://www.tn.gov/humanservices or call 1-833-496-0661 and select option 3 for assistance.

The deadline for applying has been extended until Monday, July 13th at 4:30 pm.

Amerigroup donates computers to JMCSS students

Amerigroup recently gave free Chromebooks to ten students at JCM Early College High. These computers will allow students to participate in online classes and learn valuable skills about preparing to work in a technology-driven marketplace. We are so thankful for this community partnership!

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Superintendent welcome ceremony

Please join JMCSS this week to welcome Dr. King on his first official day! Come to Central Office, 310 North Parkway, at 7:30 a.m. on July 1 to join the celebration.