June 29, 2020 - Roadmap to School New Normal Initiative
Moving forward we have decided to provide a Roadmap for our School New Normal Initiative to have a one-stop-shop to house all of the information around our plan. Currently, the Roadmap has all of the information that has been presented thus far. The Roadmap is our way of being transparent and communicating with stakeholders as often as possible as we navigate these unprecedented times.
This month, the state board of education passed a policy around a Continuous Learning Plan (i.e., CLP). This plan will ultimately drive what schools look like in the Fall. While we are uncertain of when school will start, please know that we are doing every thing within our authority to prepare for a safe and on schedule return, we must continue to observe guidance from the national, state and local levels.
Now, putting on my parent hat — my wife and I are facing the same struggle as many. Our jobs require us to report to work daily while we must decide what do we do with our son. So where does that leave us? Imagine that! You thought it was just hitting your house. I share all of that to say, I will always consider both sides, leader and parent, as I think through situations, issues and/or crises. In my past experiences as a superintendent and a parent of a child who experienced the life of public schools, families have appreciated my decisions around schools and students.
Please click here to observe the latest information. Surveys will go offline this week and we will be providing an analysis of the results. Click here to take a look at guidance from the state as well.
June 22, 2020 - Please take our school reopening survey!
Reopening Survey for Parents
Jackson Madison County School System is actively exploring options for reopening schools as safely as possible in the fall, and we are collaborating with other school districts, the local health department; as well as reviewing CDC resources. While many uncertainties remain, your feedback will help as we consider options and assess parental preferences. We will continue to consult with the Tennessee Department of Education and the Jackson-Madison County Health Department before finalizing any specific courses of action.
Please fill out the parent survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jmcssreopening
Reopening Survey for Employees
Employees received a link to an employee survey via district email. This survey requires a login to verify you are part of the organization.
June 18, 2020 - Invitations are ready
Work team invitations are ready and lists are being generated for distribution! Please don't discard this email. We need you!
June 17, 2020 - JMCSS Plans for School "New Normal" Initiative
JACKSON, Tenn. - Our world has been taken by storm with the coronavirus pandemic. Disruption, disbelief, and discontentment have plagued our nation. What seemed to have been normal only a few months ago has now changed, and people around the globe are exploring new ways of conducting business. Yet, through all the confusion, one thing that has remained consistent is the resiliency that teachers demonstrate around the world. Each year, our teachers experience a new normal with the changing of schedules, students, classrooms, programs, and more. Thanks to this resilience, JMCSS is confident that its teachers will rise to the occasion to ensure that every student has access to high-quality instruction and support to be academically prepared for the world beyond. With this shift in how schools operate in the future, it is a great opportunity to launch a bold, innovative approach to educating students in our public school system.
With the most recent use of virtual learning platforms and personalized learning options, it is apparent that the past practices of educating students can be adjusted and/or modified in innovative ways. Has anyone ever thought about a 4-day school week with the Friday option being virtual? Has anyone thought about having a cyber school? There are so many ways that our public school system can be reimagined. The Jackson-Madison County School System is committed to ensuring that all of its students are positioned to have equitable options and opportunities that will prepare them for college and/or career. Our goal is to ensure that our students are contributors to our economy so that the daily living experience of our community and beyond is improved.
While many around are putting together school re-entry plans, JMCSS is thinking about more than just re-entry. What better opportunity to launch a new way for students to have access to high-quality teaching and learning opportunities. It is more than simply re-entry.
Schools will not operate the same as they did last spring; therefore, the moment must be seized, to provide a new world-class educational system for our students and community. To do that, the school system has decided to launch a School “New Normal” Initiative that is comprised of four key areas: - Schools, Operations, Communications, Academics (i.e., SOCA). The table shows in each area a list of indicators that will be used to build each plan.
There will be work teams assigned to each area to build out plans for what the “new normal” will look like upon our student return. Dr. Catlett and Dr. Williams, the system’s deputy superintendents, have been charged with developing and guiding work teams. “This work cannot be done alone. It has been and will always be my approach to involve school leaders, teachers, families, and the community in critical decisions involving the school system,” said Dr. Marlon King. Therefore, before the teams begin their assignment, it is essential to gain context from teachers, principals, school staff, families, and the community. Hence, feedback is needed; therefore, an online survey has been created and will be sent out to gather information. The data collected in this survey will give the teams a starting point as the plan is being developed.
The incoming superintendent will be sending work teams’ nominees an invitation to participate. As the plan unfolds, weekly communication will be presented in “draft” form to keep stakeholders abreast.
School is slated to begin as quickly and safely as possible. The system will abide by the Governor’s orders and CDC guidelines, while working in concert with local government to ensure that, above all, safety is a priority. JMCSS’ new mantra is “Join Now,” so you might not want to wait until it’s too late. Stay tuned.