UPDATED MARCH 27, 2020
We previously announced that our schools would be closed through spring break at the recommendation of Gov. Bill Lee.
However, the governor has issued a new recommendation today, and he has strongly urged schools to remain closed through Friday, April 24. So we are following that recommendation and all Rutherford County schools will remain closed through Friday, April 24.
We will keep parents informed with any new updates. Thanks for your patience as our community addresses this situation.
Employees looking for information about the status of payroll and other updates, should follow this link.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Will RCS offer a continuity-of-instruction plan for parents and students during the extended shutdown?
Yes. In addition to the online academic resources already released on the RCS website, our instruction department has released new weekly curriculum guides that will include optional daily lessons and activities broken down by grade level. We will send parents a link to these materials as soon as they are posted. The lessons will begin the week of April 6 and a new set of activities will be added weekly to the district website HERE. Teachers will also be updating their own websites with individual course resources by April 6 for parents and students to ensure all courses are covered with material across the district.
Also, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced the PBS television station — which can be viewed over the air, through cable service or online — will also be broadcasting programs throughout the day with local teachers providing lessons for students. These programs are, again, optional but should be valuable for parents looking for a way to keep their children engaged with learning during the shutdown. MORE INFO ON PBS PROGRAM: https://www.rcschools.net/apps/news/article/1196511
Question: When will testing be held for TNReady and the ACT for juniors?
The Tennessee Department of Education has announced that TNReady assessments will not be given this year. As for ACT and SAT, we are waiting for the latest updates from those organizations, as well.
How will the extended shutdown affect the free food program?
Please be advised that during Spring Break (March 30-April 3), RCS will not be serving meals. After spring break, the RCS free food program will expand to 26 sites (DETAILS HERE).
The program is available for free for those 18 and under, and it is available for a fee for all others.
There are other community resources available for meals during spring break week.
On Saturday March 28, Northfield Elementary will give away one grocery cart full of food to each individual from 9:30-11:30 a.m. (while supplies last).
Nourish Food Bank is providing hot meals available for breakfast and lunch at its 1809 Memorial Boulevard location for the time being. They will also be giving out ATLAS weekend backpacks at their sites as well. People may call their local direct service site or call 615-203-3963.
LifePoint Church and its For the Community Program has created a website for those who are in need of help. Anyone interested in helping or volunteering can access the same web page.
After filling out the online form, a representative of the church will contact you.
Their plan is to provide food boxes with a week’s worth of food for families on the Sunday prior to Spring Break.
For more information about the 10 RCS food sites, which will resume after Spring break, follow this link: https://www.rcschools.net/apps/news/article/1187077
How will the extended shutdown affect graduations and prom? Will the school year be extended?
We are currently working with MTSU to determine whether its facilities (Murphy Center) can be used for graduation ceremonies as scheduled. We will update parents as soon as a determination is made.
As for prom, the high schools are working to reschedule those activities, if possible, and will be announcing the new dates as soon as possible.
We are working with the Tennessee Department of Education on our continuity-of-instruction plan and how the extended closure will affect the number of required school days. We will communicate this information to parents as soon as it is determined.
What is the status of spring sports?
Many of the spring sports programs fall under the governance of TSSAA, and we are waiting for them to announce their plan for those programs.