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Update 3.29.20

posted Mar 29, 2020, 5:54 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

Sunday Announcement for Families

Good evening, this is Kurt Dronebarger with the White County School District. First of all, I hope that you and your family are safe and healthy. Between the Coronavirus and the storms last night, White County has definitely had its share of adversity. 

At this time, I know that many of you are still without electrical service. This is also the case for the majority of our schools. For this reason, we will need to reschedule our meal service. Unfortunately, free school meals will not be served on Monday, but rather, this week, meals will be provided on Tuesday and Thursday at all local schools. We are so very sorry for the inconvenience but at the time that this decision must be made, we simply do not know if our kitchens will be equipped to serve food. 

If you have an emergency food situation, you may contact the Board of Education office at 836-2229 and we will try to help. 

Schoolwork will be limited this week, but starting next week, students will have an abundance of educational opportunities. Your school will give you a call with more details this coming Friday. 

Speaking of education, did you know that if a traffic light is not working, state law says you should treat the intersection like it is controlled by stop signs? Just a fun fact in the name of safety.

Folks, White county Schools share in your struggle. We are doing the best we can to provide school services to all of our families and we appreciate your patience and cooperation. We will get through this season and we will be stronger because of it. Please continue to follow social distancing and good hygiene practices, and be sure to help your neighbors if they need a hand. We are all in this together and I hope and pray for your health and safety every day. 

Thanks for your continued support and have a good night. 

Director's Update 3.27.20

posted Mar 27, 2020, 3:06 PM by Kurt Dronebarger   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 7:12 PM ]

Director’s Update for Families 3.27.20

Hello, this is Kurt Dronebarger with the White County Board of Education. As you may know, Governor Bill Lee has closed schools state-wide through April 24th due to the Coronavirus health crisis. With that in mind, I want to inform you of our plans to feed and educate students over the course of this unprecedented school closure. 

First of all, the health of your family is our main concern. Please follow the health guidelines that are being issued to keep your family and those around you safe. We ask that you continue to use good hygiene practices and stay at least 6 feet away from others during the length of this crisis. 

Next, we do not have all the answers to your questions at this time. What I can tell you is that we are working closely with local, state, and federal officials and that we are currently scheduled to return to school on April 27th. 

Please note that school meals will continue to be served at each school location throughout the school closure. These meals are served to your car on Mondays and Thursdays only from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Free meals are available for any student and no prior notice is required. Simply show up, drive-thru and we will give you the food. 

Also, we do have a plan to educate students in earnest beginning Monday, April 6th. You will receive a call like this one from your child’s school on Friday, April 3rd, with detailed instructions about your child’s continuing education. Each school will have specific information, so if you have children in multiple schools, then you will receive more than one call. All of this information will also be posted on the school board website at www.whitescoschools.net.

In summary:

Next week, March 30th - April 3rd, we will serve meals and provide limited academics. 

Next Friday, April 3rd, you will receive information with specific school details about learning plans. 

Monday, April 6th, all educators will be available to assist your child with learning on a regular basis. Paper packets of school work will be available on Mondays at the schools and also handed out during the Monday/ Thursday meal distributions.

You will get weekly updates like this one each Friday hereafter and you will find a transcript of each message on our district website. 

Finally, we at White County Schools are going to do the best we can during this time and that is all we can ask of you. However, if your child does not work academically, at least a little, it may have an impact that will haunt them for years to come. We are going to provide work, so let us know how we can help your child to complete it. 

Thank you so much for your time and attention. Please stay healthy, stay smart, and we will call you again next Friday. 

Director's Update 3.25.20

posted Mar 25, 2020, 9:16 AM by Kurt Dronebarger

Based on the Governor's recommendation, White County Schools will be closed through April 24th, 2020. The new, tentative return date is Monday, April 27th, 2020. Families can expect new information on Friday, March 27th via a School Messenger phone call and a new posting on the school district webpage. Thank you for your patience and stay healthy!

Kurt Dronebarger
Director of Schools

Director's Update 3.22.20

posted Mar 22, 2020, 1:45 PM by Kurt Dronebarger   [ updated Mar 22, 2020, 3:44 PM by Ashley Rust ]

COVID-19 Announcement 3.22.20

Hello everyone,

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you our current plans for school services as we all navigate these uncharted waters surrounding the Coronavirus. 

First and foremost, the health and safety of our community is our main concern. Schools were closed beginning March 18th at the Governor’s suggestion and in an effort to stop the spread of this deadly virus. We urge everyone possible to stay home, use common sense hygiene practices and to avoid contact with others as much as possible. Schools are currently scheduled to re-open on April 6th, although recent reports suggest that the closure will be longer than expected. We will keep you posted with updates via school messenger calls and our school website. www.whitecoschools.net

Second, we at White County Schools are implementing plans to provide food and education services to our students and families. Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, and Thursday, March 26th, food for students age 18 and younger will be made available at all White County school locations from 11:00 am-1:00 pm. 3-days-worth of breakfast and lunch meals will be handed out on Mondays and 2-days-worth of meals will be handed out on Thursdays at each school. Woodland Park Elementary will not be serving meals but those students are welcome to pick up meals at any other school location. This will be a drive-thru service and you are expected to stay in your cars and workers will deliver the meals to you. 

Academically, our school system has initial plans to provide educational resources to the parents and students in our district. We are uncertain at this time how the remainder of the school year will play-out, however, we know it is important for students to stay engaged in learning and we will be providing guidance on this subject soon. Please listen for a school messenger call like this one and check our website for updated information. 

Finally, this is an unexpected event for all of us. Please be patient as we work with health and government officials to select the best course of action. In the meantime, please do your part to keep your family and those around you safe and healthy. I would also like to ask that without sharing germs, that you do share your resources with those around you who might have basic needs. Hoarding items in your household perpetuates the situation as it keeps important items out of the hands of those who need them. Our hope is that with your help and cooperation that this health crisis will end sooner than later. Please reach out to the Board of Education at 931-836-2229 if we can be of assistance and we wish your family safety and health during this difficult time. Thank you. 

Kurt Dronebarger

Director of Schools

Kindergarten & Pre-K Registration Postponed

posted Mar 20, 2020, 1:27 PM by Ashley Rust   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 1:27 PM ]

White County Schools Kindergarten & Pre-K registration that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 has been postponed until further notice.

COVID-19 Update 3-17-20

posted Mar 17, 2020, 8:09 AM by Ashley Rust   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 8:31 AM ]

White County Schools and all activities will be canceled from Wednesday, March 18th through Friday, April 3rd. This includes all athletic contests, extra-curricular activities, contracts with groups using our buildings, etc.

21st Century Afterschool services will be closed after Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

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