Message from Dr. Luttrell 3/22/20

Good afternoon Tiger Families! 

I hope that each of you are doing well. I know this is an uncertain time for all us. There are many unknowns.  We must remain calm and do what we can to keep ourselves healthy and help our neighbors and family members who are in need. One large thing we can do is distance ourselves and also  stay away from others if you are sick. The CDC has given recommendations on gatherings and travel. Please follow them. 

For the next 6 days, GCS will use our remaining inclement weather days – ‘snow days’ as they are commonly known!  School leaders will be meeting this week to determine how we will proceed instructionally over the next several days.  I know many of you are stressed as to how you are going to provide schooling for your children while we are out. Please do not stress about finding appropriate content and standards. Our teachers and I will be in contact in the coming days. Your child’s teachers are missing their students and will have a plan. We as a district want to make sure our plan is solid and appropriate. Until then, please  enjoy your kids and have fun with them. Plans are coming! 

During this extended closure, the district will offer meal services to feed students in our community. All GCS students are eligible to participate. In addition, anyone living in the community 18 years old and younger may participate. The meals will be provided at no cost. The district will provide meal pick-up via a drive-thru service from 10:00 am. – 12:30 p.m. for both breakfast and lunch daily to any child in our community ages 18 and younger. All GCS students are eligible to participate regardless of their age.  These meal services will be offered at Hal Henard Elementary School, 425 E. Vann Road, and Greeneville High School, 210 Tusculum Boulevard. For those using the GHS site, please enter the school campus via Palmer Street. Palmer Street is located next to Burley Stadium. Parents and guardians are urged to begin making plans to drive through the parking lots at either GHS or Hal Henard next week to pick up the meals.

In addition to the option of meal pick up, the district will also deliver meals to strategic locations for those without transportation. If anyone needs meal delivery for children, they are urged to call the district office at 423.278.9156 or complete the online survey. 

If you have any questions or other needs, please call 423-278-9156. We have additional food resources - if you are in need- please let us know. You may also email me at luttrelll@gcschools.net or call the school at 423-639-2751. 

Parents who need to pick up student medications, please call Jeannie Woolsey at 423-823-2916 Monday through Friday from 8 AM - 2PM. Mrs. Woolsey has access to medications at all schools and can retrieve student medications should your student need their daily dosage at home.

Kindergarten registration is postponed. Please check the school and district website for updates. Also, there will be No TNREADY testing this school year.  

🎉🎉We also have a New Facebook group  - Tigers at Home 🎉🎉! Please search and join the group! This is A great way for us all to stay connected while we practice social distancing and will offer ways to keep Tiger minds stimulated! The group will feature book read alouds  from your TV staff, activities, updates, and interactive live sessions!  Join us and tune in, Tigers!  As always, our website is a great source of information. There are links to educational resources you can use with your students while at home. 

If your student is doing something you’d like to share, please email a video clip to me at luttrelll@gcschools.net and I will share it out! 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!  

Current plans are to return to school on April 6th, but the situation with the Coronavirus is continuously evolving. District leaders are evaluating conditions daily to ensure the safety of students, staff and our community. Please know we will be in touch as changes in our schedule occur. 

We miss all of you and hope you are staying healthy!  Remember to wash your hands with soap and water for twenty seconds often!!  Dr. Oz showed us how to properly wash our hands.  Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow. Don’t go out if you don’t need to, especially if you are sick!  Check out this link!

https://youtu.be/NaY8Wbzu2m4

Check our website and Facebook page and group for updates throughout our break from school. 

We miss you Tigers! Stay well!

Dr. Luttrell