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ACS closed for the remainder of academic year

ACS closed for the remainder of academic year
Posted on 04/15/2020
ACS Families,

Today, Gov. Bill Lee called on all public schools in Tennessee to remain closed for the rest of the academic year as the state and country continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like you, this is not how I wanted this school year to end. It’s not lost on me how this closure will affect all of our students, particularly our Class of 2020 seniors, and the moments they were looking forward to and the memories they were hoping to make. I hope that you remain optimistic, however. I take some comfort in knowing that our teachers and students worked incredibly hard this school year to move forward both academically and as people. Your children shined in so many aspects, from academics to the fine arts, sports, service clubs and in between. The 2019-2020 school year has been like no other, but I hope you join me in celebrating the positives and counting our blessings as we move forward.

This statewide decision obviously raises questions about how we move forward from here, and I want to answer some of those questions now.

All School Activities Canceled

Since we have confirmation that schools are closed for the remainder of the academic year, all school-based activities and events are now canceled, including the 2020 graduation ceremony planned for May 18th. In preparation for this anticipated decision to close, the high school has been working on ideas to ensure that our seniors are celebrated in every way that they deserve. Ideas include possibly rescheduling the ceremony during the summer months or via a virtual method. We will let you know our plans as soon as they are finalized, but please know we will not let our seniors leave high school without being recognized for this incredible life moment.

All other events are canceled.

Grading

Next week, we will send you additional information about how final grades for the second semester will be handled. Last week, the State Board of Education issued a rule stating that students taking high school courses must be held harmless and that all grades cannot be lower than they were on March 20th. Next week, we will also be sharing a grade recovery plan option for students to help raise their quarter three grade(s).

Though schools are closed for in-person learning, our ACS At-Home Learning will continue! Our teachers are continually adding optional resources for students to continue their learning during the closure, and thousands of students are accessing them on a daily basis. We will continue this process until school was initially scheduled to end on May 22nd. Teachers will still be available to assist your children during this time via the methods we’ve used during this closure.

Finally, we’re working on a procedure for students and parents to retrieve their belongings from school by the end of May. I know you have many questions beyond what I’ve talked about in this letter, and we will work to answer those as quickly as possible.

If you have questions, please email the Information Line.

Thank you for your continued support and patience during this time!

Tammy Mason
ACS Superintendent