- Sevier County School System
- COVID-19 Updates
Grab-and-Go Meals for the Week of March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020
Beginning on Monday, March 23, Grab-and-Go Meals for children 18 years and younger will be delivered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. The meal bags on Monday will also include meals for Tuesday, the bags on Wednesdays will also include meals for Thursday, and Friday bags will also include meals for the weekend.
Extended School Closure Notice
March 17, 2020
As you are aware, schools are currently closed and that closure has been extended through March 31. Students will return to school on April 1, 2020. On Wednesday, March 18, school personnel will distribute at home learning packets for students in grades K-4 from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at your child's school. At home learning packets have been downloaded onto Chromebooks in grades 5-8. Chromebooks for students in grades 5-8 will also be available for parent pickup on March 18 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at your child's school. Students in grades 9-12 who do not have their Chromebooks at home can also pick up their Chromebooks at school on Wednesday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.. These students should go to the district's website for directions on how to digitally download their lessons. Parents who can not come to the school on Wednesday to pick up materials or Chromebooks, will be able to come by the school office to do so on Thursday or Friday of this week between the hours of 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sevier County Schools Child Nutrition Program will provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to any child 18 years and younger beginning March 18. The meals will be a grab and go breakfast and lunch and may be picked up at the school the child attends. The meals will be available beginning Wednesday, March 18, and on school days through the closure period. Cafeteria staff will provide drive through service at each school between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Medicine stored in the school clinic may be picked up by a parent or guardian today until 2:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 18, from 8:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m.
Working together, we will move through this difficult time. Stay safe as we look forward to the eventual return to a regular school schedule.
Debra Ann Cline, Ed.D
March 4, 2020
Please be assured that the Sevier County School System is engaged in ongoing conversation about how to prepare in the event of a possible case of COVID-19 (a novel coronavirus) in our schools and community. We are working with the Sevier County Health Department as well as gathering information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to keep up to date on recommended guidance and protocol.
The Center for Disease Control has stated that the immediate risk of this new respiratory virus (with flu-like symptoms) is currently low; however, please know that the Sevier County School System continues to emphasize the use of flu and virus prevention procedures in our schools. We also recommend that you emphasize these same procedures with your children as noted below:
- Handwashing is a key component of prevention. Wash hands with clean running water and apply soap. Lather the hands by rubbing them together with soap for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands under clean, running water and dry with a clean towel or air dry them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Use a tissue when you sneeze or cough and then throw it in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when sick. If with fever, stay home and be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
Please know that your assistance in emphasizing these procedures with your children will be helpful and appreciated. Working together, we can ensure that our children experience a safe and healthy environment in which to learn and grow. Our custodial staff members are also following recommended CDC cleaning protocols.
Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or the Tennessee Department of Health's website for additional information.
Jack A. Parton, Ed.D.
Director of Schools