2020-21 Kingsport City Schools Reopening Plan Information

Kingsport City Schools first day of school is Monday, August 10, 2020. 
Dear KCS Families and Employees,
 
We are pleased to share the following information in this Friday morning update regarding the status of health conditions and KCS operations.
This week (8/7/20), we want to provide you with several updates:
  • Please remember that school begins on Monday, August 10th for all students. All students (including all those that selected fact-to-face or Remote Choice Learning) will be working virtually beginning on Monday. Teachers have been working hard to be ready for the start of the year and are excited to reconnect with our students and start a new year of learning!
  • A variety of information about Remote Choice Learning 2020 has been posted for students and families that have selected that option for their learning environment to start the school year. Please click here to view that information.
  • Many safety enhancements have been made to KCS schools in preparation for when students return to in-person learning. Additional disinfecting equipment, hand sanitizer stations, plexiglass barriers, and cleaning processes have been added.
  • As a reminder, the current Sullivan County Executive Order mandates the wearing of face masks for students and staff age 2 and over while inside our schools.
  • NEW: Beginning with the start of the new school year on Monday, the KCS School Nutrition department will have options for you to receive meals during the time of virtual learning. Please note that regulations are different than those that were in place during the last spring and summer. Meals are available at your school each day from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or can be delivered via KCS school buses. Please click here for more information on the school-year feeding program.

KCS and Sullivan County Regional Health Department officials are continuing to monitor the data regarding the COVID-19 spread across Sullivan County. Please remember that KCS will operate with virtual instruction for all students next week (week of 8/10/20) until further notice. The KCS Board of Education approved the KCS Operations Manual at a called meeting this past Monday (click here if you would like to review this information).
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Remember, you can make a difference by helping us “Go Green” by practicing the three W’s… Wash, Wait, and Wear. Please wash your hands, wait to create six feet of social distance, and wear a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are all ways we can help to get Sullivan County back into the green status.
Kingsport City Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year with virtual instruction on Monday, August 10, 2020. The KCS School Nutrition Department has many options for you to receive meals during this time of virtual learning.
 
You will have the option to pick up meals on all school days at KCS schools
or have it delivered to you via KCS buses.
 
Please note: **The regulations for meals during this school year are different than
they have been during the summer.**
 
Feeding Program - General Information
  • Meals are available for any enrolled KCS student.
  • Student name and school enrollment info is required to receive meals.
  • Meals are free for students enrolled in Community Eligibility Program schools (Sevier, Jackson, Lincoln, Kennedy, and Roosevelt) OR if the student qualifies for free and reduced meal benefits. Apply for meal benefits at https://onlinemealapplication.k12k.com/.
  • Meal costs for paid students:
    • Breakfast:
      • $1.50 (all locations)
      • $2.00 (additional breakfast)
      • $2.50 (visitor breakfast)
    • Lunch:
      • $2.50 (Elementary)
      • $2.65 (Middle)
      • $2.75 (High)
      • $3.50 (additional lunch)
      • $4.00 (visitor lunch)
  • Paying students will need to have funds in their student account to purchase meals. No cash transactions will take place on buses. Visit www.mypaymentsplus.com to add funds and view student purchases. Call KCS School Nutrition Services at (423) 378.2113 for information or support, including how to sign up for MyPaymentsPlus.
Feeding Program - School Site Pick-up Option
  • Breakfast and lunch available at school sites from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Families with students at multiple KCS schools may pick up all meals at one school site.
  • Food will be distributed using a “drive-through” or “walk-up” process. Cafeteria seating will not be available.
  • Cash transactions will be available at school pick-up sites.
Feeding Program - Mobile Routes/Delivery Option
  • KCS buses with food will be traveling through each school zone delivering breakfast and lunch to any enrolled KCS student.
  • Home deliveries via KCS buses will require written consent.
  • If you do not see a bus or cannot go to a school site for a meal, call (423) 392.4670 and leave a voicemail to schedule delivery.
  • Cash transactions will not be available for bus delivered meals.
  • Meal deliveries will begin at 10 a.m.
Click here for a listing of school locations and distribution sites.
We wanted to provide our families with some important back-to-school information in case you may have missed it. Reminder, the first day of school is Monday, August 10, 2020 and all students will start virtually until further notice based on our Board of Education's decision.
  • Face-to-Face placement letters for grades K-5 were mailed to families this week;
  • Face-to-Face student schedules for grades 6-8 will be distributed on Thursday and Friday;
  • Face-to-Face student schedules for grades 9-12 were emailed to students this week;
  • Remote Choice Learning communication for grades K-12 was emailed to families today;
  • Remote Choice Learning orientation and additional resources can be found here: https://bit.ly/RCLorientation;
  • "Back to School Orientation - Meet Your Teacher" events will still take place as planned, communicated by your child's schools;
  • Device pick-up for all students in grades 3-12 and those students who selected Remote Choice Learning (indicating they needed a device) will occur at individual schools on Thursday, August 6 or Friday, August 7, 2020 (depending on your child's school);
  • Charter/Spectrum is offering a discount on internet services for families who receive free/reduced meals for their child(ren). Please contact Charter/Spectrum for those details;
  • The KCS Free/Reduced Meals application can be completed here: onlinemealapplication.k12k.com;
  • KCS is no longer using PowerSchool. We are now using a student information system called Aspen. Families will have access to Aspen in the near future.
  • Tech Services contact information can be found by clicking here
 
If you are a parent or guardian of a KCS student and did not receive any of the above information from your child's school, please contact your child's school today to ensure your contact information is up-to-date. Thank you.

At tonight's (8/3/20) Board of Education called meeting, the Board approved the KCS Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year - Operations Manual.  

  • The Board approved the operations plan (linked below) by a vote of 3 (Hyche, Upshaw, Welch) - 2 (Byers, Golden).
    • Major components of the plan include:
      • First student day: Monday, August 10, 2020.
      • All face-to-face students will start the year with virtual instruction on Monday, August 10, 2020 (until further notice).
      • Students who have previously selected Remote Choice Learning 2020 will remain virtual, as planned.  
    • Ongoing school operations will be decided based on a review of health data and guidance from groups such as administration, the Sullivan County Regional Health Department, and the Tennessee Department of Health.
    • If data indicates a decrease from substantial spread to minimal-to-moderate spread, face-to-face students will return to school for in-person instruction.  Board members expressed a desire to review data and current status information at the September Board meeting.  All Board members and Dr. Moorhouse expressed the ultimate desire to return students to in-person instruction while maintaining the safest possible environment for students and staff. 
    • KCS will continue to evaluate as more information emerges. This will include analysis of other communities where reentry is being accomplished effectively in spite of substantial spread.
 
Click here for the Board of Education approved, KCS Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year - Operations Manual 
Dear KCS Families and Employees,
 
We are pleased to share the following information in this Friday morning update regarding the status of health conditions and KCS operations.
 
This week (7/31/20), we want to provide you with several updates:
  • Later today you will see a notification that the Kingsport Board of Education has announced a special called meeting for early next week. An item on the agenda is to consider approval of the 2020-21 KCS back-to-school plan. Communication regarding any decisions by the board will be shared via email, social media, and posted on the KCS website as soon as the meeting concludes.
  • Regarding the back-to-school operations plan: Additional guidance for schools was issued by the Tennessee Department of Health and the Office of the Governor on Tuesday of this week. That information is currently being considered by KCS staff and the Board of Education in determining the final back-to-school plan to be approved early next week.
  • Work continues to prepare for the start of the school year. Teachers have been working diligently this week on a variety of instructional strategies that will best prepare students for success in whatever mode of operations KCS returns to on August 10th. That work will continue next week.
  • For those students that selected Remote Choice Learning 2020 for their learning environment to start the school year, information is on its way regarding orientation, training, and what instruction will look like. The KCS Curriculum and Instruction staff is excited to utilize Odysseyware to help deliver challenging instruction for students that will be working online to start the year. Look for communication from Dr. Rhonda Stringham, KCS Assistant Superintendent - Instruction, that introduces this innovative learning platform.
  • Safety enhancements to KCS schools are continuing. Additional disinfecting equipment, hand sanitizer stations, and plexiglass barriers have been installed. Cleaning protocols have been learned by KCS teachers and staff to support the health of our students and staff.
  • As a reminder, the current Sullivan County Executive Order mandates the wearing of face masks for students and staff age 2 and over while inside our schools.
  • NEW: With the delay in the start of school to August 10th, the KCS School Nutrition department will be providing a one-week-only feeding program next week, August 3-7. This will look like the program that occurred last spring, with food available at school sites from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and also delivered on buses throughout Kingsport. This is being provided to help bridge the gap prior to the start of school on the 10th.
 
KCS and Sullivan County Regional Health Department officials are continuing to monitor the data regarding the COVID-19 spread across Sullivan County. As the data indicates, if we were currently in school, as of today (7/31/20), we would be in the “red” phase of school operations. Reminder: The KCS Board of Education will vote to accept the KCS Operations Manual (with potential revisions from the original version presented on July 8, 2020) and the back-to-school plan at their called meeting early next week.
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Remember, you can make a difference by helping us “Go Green” by practicing the three W’s… Wash, Wait, and Wear. Please wash your hands, wait to create six feet of social distance, and wear a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These are all ways we can help to get Sullivan County back into the green status.
We wanted to make you aware of two specific items that took place at tonight's (7.28.20) KCS Board of Education Meeting:
  • The 2020-21 KCS Calendar has been revised. There are three significant changes to be aware of:
    • The new 2020-21 KCS start date is now Monday, August 10, 2020.
    • The week of August 3-7, 2020 has been changed from student-attendance days to teacher in-service days (no students present).
    • Friday August 14, 2020 has been changed back to a regular student attendance day. Previously, this day had been designated as a teacher in-service day.
  • Also, the Board tabled a decision regarding the approval of the KCS back-to-school operations plan. With the release of Governor Lee's school reopening guidelines late this afternoon, additional review is required to ensure KCS plans are informed by this new information. The Board indicated another called meeting could take place in the near future to approve the final plan for how KCS will begin school on August 10th.
 

Click here to view the updated KCS Approved School Calendar. 

Dear KCS Families and Employees,

As we have mentioned previously, communication will be shared each Friday morning during the school year regarding the status of health conditions in our community related to COVID-19.  This information will serve to provide a weekly update on school operations and make you aware of any important news or changes that will be taking place in our schools.  This update is scheduled to be distributed at 10 a.m. each Friday and will be sent via email, text, and posted on the KCS website at www.k12k.com - Reopening Plan.

This week (7/24/20), we want to provide you with several updates:

  • As a preview, later today you will see a notification that the Kingsport Board of Education has announced a special called meeting for Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 6 p.m.  Among items on the agenda, the Board will consider a revision to the start date of the 2020-21 KCS school year.  Communication regarding any calendar action taken by the board will be shared via email, social media, and posted on the KCS website as soon as the meeting concludes.
  • Work is ongoing by KCS staff to prepare for the start of the school year.  This includes extensive preparation for both in-person and remote learning.  Teachers return next week and will continue their work to make the 2020-21 school year a successful one for our students. Many professional learning activities are scheduled for teachers and staff to prepare for effective learning to take place regardless of the setting.
  • Just under 25% or our students selected Remote Choice Learning 2020 for their learning environment to start the school year.  Work is occurring to finalize the staffing shifts needed to best serve these remote learners, as well as to reschedule the students that opted for face-to-face in-person learning.  Communication regarding schedules, assignments, and Remote Choice Learning orientation will be sent to families as this work is finalized. 
  • Many safety enhancements are currently taking place in KCS schools.  Additional disinfecting equipment, hand sanitizer stations, plexiglass barriers, and cleaning protocols are being implemented across the district to support the health of our students and staff.  As a reminder, the current Sullivan County Executive Order mandates the wearing of face masks for students and staff age 2 and over while in our schools.

Regarding the official “status” for the start of the KCS school year:  KCS and Sullivan County Health Department officials are continuing to monitor the data regarding the COVID-19 spread across Sullivan County. As the data indicates, if we were currently in school, as of today (7/24/20), we would be in the “red” zone which means “Consideration for Transition to Remote Learning.”   However, please remember the “Kingsport City Schools Operations Manual” is a framework to guide district and school-level decisions and procedures for use during the school year.  A final decision on the final zone of operation for the start of school will be communicated as soon as possible for your planning purposes, based on ongoing data analysis and any calendar decisions by our Board of Education next week.  We will share those as they are decided, both in these Friday morning updates and in additional communications.

Remember, you can make a difference by helping us “Go Green” by practicing the three W’s… Wash, Wait, and Wear.  Please wash your hands, wait to create six feet of social distance, and wear a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  These are all ways we can help to get Sullivan County back into the green status.

The purpose of this informational video is to inform elementary school families of specifics regarding how elementary schools will operationalize the KCS Reopening Plan that can be found on this webpage. 
 
Please take a moment to watch Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse encourage all KCS families, students, and employees to practice the three (3) W's... wash, wait, and wear. By putting the three (3) W's into practice, you can potentially help our community getting back into the "Green Zone."
 
 
Click here for back to school information and resources for the 2020-21 KCS school year. You can find the school supply list, bus routes, school calendar, free/reduced lunch application, and more. 

We wanted to highlight a couple of items from tonight's (7.14.20)  Kingsport Board of Education meeting that are of specific note to KCS families:

  • The 2020-21 KCS calendar has been slightly revised.  Friday, August 14, 2020 has been converted from a regular student day to a staff professional development in-service day (no students in attendance).  This will allow KCS staff to assess how the school year has started and plan for any needed adjustments.  No further changes of the calendar will be necessary to make up this day, as we will be utilizing one of our "banked" days gained by attending school 30 minutes-per-day longer than is required.
  • Also, the Board approved an adjustment to the start/end time of the elementary school day.  When students return on August 3rd, the elementary student day will now be from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  With middle and high school bus runs taking place just prior to the elementary runs, the 15 minutes provides additional time needed for student temperature checks and bus cleaning between runs due to COVID-19 disinfecting.  In the morning, elementary bus riders will arrive at school with additional time before the start of school for breakfast, creating a smoother opening transition for all students.  In the afternoon, students will have less wait-time between the end of the instructional day and when buses arrive for student transportation home.  The opening time for morning student drop-off will remain 7:30 a.m.
For the 2020-21 school year, Kingsport City Schools is offering students the option to attend their zoned school for Face-to-Face (F2F) in-person learning or participate in Remote Choice Learning 2020 (RCL2020), where students will access their curriculum at home via the internet.  With either option, all students are expected to progress academically. Click here the the remote choice learning 2020 information. 
Please take a moment to watch Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse provide an update on the 2020-21 reopening plan for remote learning. KCS remote learning information will be released on Monday, July 13, 2020 for families to review and consider, as an educational option for the fall semester. Thank you for sending in your questions regarding the KCS Reopening Plan via info@k12k.com. Your questions are helping us to compile a FAQ that will be released next week. Visit www.k12k.com - KCS Reopening Plan (button on homepage) for the "Kingsport City Schools Operations Manual - Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year."
 
Please take a moment to watch this excellent "KCS Reopening Plan Epi Curve Numbers Breakdown" tutorial created by D-B EXCEL student Zane Franklin. He's done a great job explaining and showing how KCS determines the three opening scenarios (green, yellow, red) based on the TN Department of Health's Epi Curve numbers. KCS and the Sullivan County Regional Health Department look at Sullivan County numbers based on the "average case rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 Sullivan County residents over the last 14 days." Please click here to view the TN Department of Health's Epi Curves webpage or scroll down to our July 7, 2020 Update.
 

We are pleased to present this Kingsport City Schools Operations Manual to you, outlining the processes and procedures that will be in place when KCS students return to school this fall.  It is based on the "Sullivan County  Plan - Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year" which was developed by the Sullivan County Regional Health Department for use by all school districts in Sullivan County. 

This operations manual outlines the conditions necessary for school to safely open and the precautions that Kingsport City Schools will take to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  These precautions are based on the expert advice of the public health community and the collective efforts of the staff and administration of Kingsport City Schools.  The steps outlined within this manual describe the practical actions that will be taken within our schools, as well as the expectations we have for our entire educational community as we strive to provide the safest possible environment for our students and staff.

Please know that as new data or information becomes known, we will adjust this guidance to best serve our stakeholders.  We understand and accept the expectation placed upon us by the Kingsport community to ensure that all appropriate precautions are put in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  The steps outlined in this manual reflect our commitment to focus on health and welfare while providing a world-class education for our students.

Please click here to review the "Kingsport City Schools Operations Manual - Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year" or view the PDF below.

The following plan is based upon the research and plan developed by the Nashville Metropolitan Health Department. Our school districts (Bristol Tennessee City Schools, Kingsport City Schools, Sullivan County Schools) and the Sullivan County Regional Health Department support the health and safety frameworks of the Nashville plan and have adopted it based on our local considerations. We are united in our approach to planning for a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school for all school types, including public and independent schools. Public health best practices and research on COVID-19 along with evaluation of community conditions and necessary protocols have been reviewed to consider reopening schools safely and responsibly.
 
Please click here to review the "Sullivan County Plan - Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year." 
Please take a moment to watch Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse provide an update on the 2020-21 reopening plan processes and procedures in preparation for the first day of school on Monday, August 3, 2020. Visit www.k12k.com - KCS Reopening Plan (button on homepage) for the "Kingsport City Schools Operations Manual - Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year" and the "Sullivan County Plan - Framework for Opening the 2020-21 School Year." Families with email addresses and cell phone numbers on file were also sent the plans via email/text. Please email info@k12k.com with any questions in regard to the processes or procedures. Thank you!
 
 
Long term care facilities in counties below the threshold (an average of ≤10 new cases per 100,000 over the last 14 days) may consider allowing visitors. This threshold for acceptable disease transmission within the community may be adjusted in the future as we learn more. Counties with significant numbers of incarcerated cases affecting their recent rates are subject to review. 
 
Follow these steps to view the current Epi Curves.
1.) Click here
2.) Scroll down until you see "Recent Case Rates by County," "Select your County," select "Sullivan"

Please take a moment to watch Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Moorhouse provide an update on where the district is in regard to reopening school on Monday, August 3, 2020 and when you will receive communication on those processes and procedures. 

For more information and resources on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please visit the Center for Disease Control's website here