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.

Students:


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?

The ACT junior test day is tentatively rescheduled for April 21. Schools will share more information with students and parents when additional details become available. 

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. 

Parents:

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. 

Employees:

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. 

School Nutrition:

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


Community:


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 bcannon@bradleyschools.org