Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 School Closure: Frequently Asked Questions
We are experiencing a global pandemic that has resulted in federal, state and city declarations of emergency. We are working diligently to plan our response and make decisions to protect children, families, and the community under these unprecedented circumstances. We recognize that things will probably get worse before they get better. While this is far from a perfect situation, we are dealing with it the best we can, given that there are so many unknowns. We have compiled responses for the following frequently asked questions based on the information we do have at this time. Please check this site weekly for up to date information. Thank you for your continued patience.
Question and Answers Surrounding School Closure- (After Governor's Recommendation to school for the remainder of Academic School Year:
1. Will the school year be extended and will my child have to repeat the current grade?
The answer is, no. The school year will not be extended and students that are on track for promotion will be promoted. Students that are not on track or need remediation have been working with teachers on an individual basis and a plan has been established.
2. Will remote learning continue now that school has been canceled for the remainder of the year?
Yes, remote learning will continue through the week of May 11th. Packets will be distributed through normal distribution methods for the last time on Monday, May 11th.
3. What is the last "Official" Day of School?
Seniors: Last day of school will be May 8, 2020
K-11: Last day of school will be May 15, 2020
(Report Cards will be available on Parent Vue on May 15, 2020)
4. Will there be alternative Graduation Dates and other Milestone Celebrations?
The Class of 2020 is special and they deserve to be celebrated! As announced previously, we have rescheduled Prom and have set alternative graduation dates for June and July. Each school will be in constant communication with families and students on confirmed dates and pick up times for tickets and cap and gowns. Click here for specific details: Graduation Information.
We will continue to engage with students to create alternative celebrations for milestones including, kindergarten graduations and “moving” up ceremonies from elementary to middle and middle to high school. Individual schools will be communicating with families on dates and event locations.
5. Will my child be able to get his/her belongings and how do I return devices and other school property?
All schools will establish a day and process the week of May 18th for students to pick up personal belongings and return devices and other school-related items. Communication will be forthcoming when days and times are solidified. Please reach out to the Central Office or your individual schools with any questions or concerns.
6. Where can I find the COVID-19 Emergency Rules that were approved at TBOE on April 9th?
7. Are there changes to the graduation requirements for the 2019-2020 school year?
- In order to graduate in the 2019-2020 school year with a Bradley County Schools diploma, Bradley County students must earn no less than 26 credits (Two credits less than the Bradley County Schools requirement of twenty-eight credits. This decrease is in response to the TN School Board COVID-19 Health Emergency decrease in requirements).
- In order to graduate in the 2019-2020 school year with a regular diploma as adopted by the TN School Board COVID-19 Health Emergency Policy, students must earn a minimum of twenty (20) credit hours to meet the state requirement which shall include the following subjects:
- Four (4) credits of mathematics
- Four (4) credits of English language arts
- Three (3) credit of science
- Two (2) credits of social studies
8. What about students who would graduate with an Occupational Diploma?
Students who are on track and eligible to receive an occupational diploma for 2019-2020 may still receive the diploma if they can demonstrate work experience of at least 1 year.
9. What are we doing about the fourth quarter classes scheduled for this nine weeks?
Students will receive no grade lower than the grade they earned in a course as of March 20, 2020. Since students in the fourth quarter classes were not physically present in the class the first week of the quarter, they will receive no credit in the class, nor on the transcript. This class will not count for or against the student in GPA. Students in these classes will not earn a .5 credit in the class nor will students earn the class credit toward graduation. (See revised graduation requirements for 2020 seniors.)
If a student would like to complete independent coursework to attain the .5 credit, he or she may do so following the guidelines below:
- Contact the school or the assigned teacher to obtain a work packet, electronic and nonelectric options are available. The teacher will inform the counselor of the wishes of the student to complete the independent work for an optional grade. For underclassmen, the work will not be available until the fall.
- Seniors: Packets for Personal Finance, Economics, or Business Economics must be completed by May 1, 2020, in order to receive this optional .5 credit. The grade will be based on an all or nothing completion, there will be no partial credits given. If all of the work is completed for the packet the student will receive an “A” and a numerical grade determined by the district.
- Underclassmen: Registered for Computer Applications class will be transferred to Career Exploration. Students will receive no grade or .5 credit and be assigned an incomplete at this time. Students will be given the option to earn the .5 credit next school year through advisory classes in the 2020-2021 school year.
- Underclassmen: Registered for Personal Finance, Economics, Business Economics, Fine Arts, Government, PE or an additional fourth quarter class will receive no grade or .5 credit and will be assigned an incomplete at this time. Students will be given the opportunity to earn the .5 credit through independent study and/or advisory in the 2020- 21 school year.
Why is school closing when children do not appear to be at risk?
Children could be carriers and spread the virus to at-risk adults. Also, it is equally important to protect teachers and staff from potential exposure. Stopping community spread is the only way to ensure that healthcare facilities are not overrun.
What expectations are there for students to do remote learning? Will grades be impacted if students are not able to complete work?
Bradley County Schools shared remote learning links and printed materials for all grades the week of March 16-20. These materials were intended for reinforcement and enrichment of previous learning only as students practice social distancing to flatten the curve of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This first week away from the classroom has been an adjustment for all of our families. In consideration of the circumstances, grades will not be recorded and there will not be a penalty for incomplete work for this week. However, parents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the learning resources provided through links and the Choice Boards to continue the learning process and keep students sharp. We will continue to support families and develop instructional resources. Uncertain of the progression of the disease at this time, we are working on a plan for grading. As we move forward, communication regarding expectations and grades will be updated.
When will ACT for Juniors be rescheduled?
September 22, 2020 TDOE is working with ACT to arrange for seniors of the 2021 cohort to have an opportunity for a second test (similar to the retake)
What is the plan for TNReady State testing in Tennessee?
For Tennessee, TNReady testing has been waived by Governor Lee to ensure no district, school, teacher, or student is adversely affected as a result of lost instructional time.
How do I register/transfer/withdraw from Bradley County Schools?
- Kindergarten Registration Form
- NEW Students to Bradley County Schools- Grades 1-12
- Returning Students
- If you attended Bradley County Schools during the 2019-2020 school year, you are already registered into the next grade level in the school you attended or in the middle or high school that your current school is zoned for. (example: Waterville Community Elementary to Lake Forest Middle School to Bradley Central High School) You will not complete a registration form for the 2020-2021 school year. But, if you have changed your address, phone number(s), or email address, complete this Contact Information Change Form.
- If you wish to transfer within Bradley County Schools, complete this Transfer Form.
- If you are a middle or high school returning student that has not been contacted about classes for next year, email your school counselor. Click this link for a School Counselor List.
- Pre-Kindergarten students will register through the Family Resource Agency. Call for more details.
- Withdrawing students from a Bradley County School for 2020-2021
How much of a role do you see parents and families playing, especially if they are not able to be home with their kids?
Closures are going to be inconvenient and have many parents scrambling to find childcare. But in the grand scheme of things-especially at a time like this, which can be stressful and scary for kids- this can be an opportunity. Teenagers, in particular, are so overscheduled going straight from school to extracurricular activities or work obligations to dinner to homework to bed. This is a time where they can get more downtime and family time, which are critical to children’s well-being.
Kids need free, unstructured time every day and especially if extracurriculars are canceled, they will need exercise. Do not be too hard on yourself! This is new to all of us. Take this journey one day at a time and do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers and administrators.
How do I log my student into Clever?
Parents should have received a student username and password from their teacher. Go to https://clever.com/in/
Can teachers come to the building while students are out of school?
During these flexible learning days when schools are closed for students, staff can access schools only after obtaining administrator approval to pick-up resources and then work from home as much as possible. Employees should be following all CDC guidelines.
What is the time expectation for teachers?
Teachers should be available during normal work hours via phone, email, and video conferencing.
What options are available for food during the school closure?
Bradley County is offering bus route meal deliveries as well as three pick-up locations on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please click on the link for specific details. BCS Meal Program
UPDATE: The Boys and Girls Club of the Ocoee Region will begin providing "To Go" Dinner Meals and Snacks with milk starting Monday, March 30th from 4:30 pm-6:00 pm. There will be six locations Monday-Friday. Click here more specific details: Boys and Girls Club Meal Service Opportunity
Who do I contact if I’m interested in volunteering, donating or providing a resource?
Please contact the Communications and Community Coordinator, Brittany Cannon at firstname.lastname@example.org