Today, the governor recommended that schools remain closed through the end of the school year. Randy Scallions, executive director of the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools (TACS), will be meeting with the State Department of Education this week to discuss options our school will have concerning the remainder of the semester and will share that information as soon as possible.
I do not anticipate students returning to campus in any traditional scheduling format this semester. If health and safety officials permit, however, we will consider allowing students on campus in a limited capacity. This might include inviting groups of students to meet with teachers for in-person instruction, tutoring, help classes, etc. These possibilities are only in the idea stage right now, but we want to consider all reasonable options that will not compromise the health of our students, teachers, and families.
The primary goal of such considerations is the academic well-being of our students. The state is offering tremendous flexibility for schools during this time of uncertainty, and for that we are grateful. This empathy, however, does not address our students’ academic needs. Regardless of the unusual circumstances we are facing, our students need to be prepared for their next educational steps, and we will diligently explore viable avenues to help them arrive academically equipped.