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Spring Break

posted Mar 19, 2021, 8:10 AM by Kurt Dronebarger

Spring Break is March 22-26 and all schools will be closed, however, the Board of Education office will be open for business. The district would like to thank the entire school community for their effort in making this most-difficult year a success. After Spring break, there will be 8 weeks left in the school year. Much information can be expected after Spring Break including updates on graduation, testing, and summer school. Happy Spring Break White County! We will see you back at school on March 29, 2021. 

1.22.21 Status Quo and Plan B

posted Jan 22, 2021, 7:18 AM by Kurt Dronebarger

Dear School Family,
Thankfully, the effects of the Coronavirus on schools are manageable at this time. Currently, the infection rate is seeing a downward trend and our quarantine numbers in the schools are at a low and safe level. Therefore, for the time being, White County Schools will continue to be open in-person until further notice. 

IF THE SITUATION CHANGES, you will be notified about our plan to move to at-home, virtual learning for one entire week. You will be given ample time (1-week's notice) to prepare for this change in delivery. The thought behind this measure is to separate the school community for a short time, to reset the quarantine numbers, and to allow for in-person learning to resume as soon as possible. 

Again, as of now, there is no change scheduled and it is our desire to continue in-person learning as long as possible. So for now, carry on White County. Please think of others first, wear a mask, social distance, and consider taking the vaccine as we all look forward to healthier days. Be well!


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

posted Dec 28, 2020, 6:33 AM by Kurt Dronebarger   [ updated Jan 2, 2021, 7:18 AM ]

White County Schools would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! So long, 2020. School will resume in-person on January 4th, 2021. Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when available, the White County school district will still follow safety protocols including masks and social distancing until doctors advise that it is safe to do otherwise. Please be aware that the TSSAA has further restricted the attendance of sporting events due to COVID-19. Therefore, the general public will not be permitted to attend athletic contests (including basketball) until further notice. The home games will be broadcast on TV and or Youtube and Facebook. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation and we wish your family good health and a speedy return to normalcy in 2021. 

School Buildings Closed Thanksgiving Week

posted Nov 13, 2020, 1:32 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

In response to a rising infection rate of COVID-19 in our community, White County school buildings will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving, November 23-27. Although Monday and Tuesday of that week were originally scheduled as regular school days, now these two days will be virtual learning days. Teachers will provide educational activities for students via Google Classroom. For those who do not have internet connectivity, paper copies will be provided. 

The idea is to create a 9-day period of social distancing in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. We will return to school, in-person on Monday, November 30th. The buildings will be closed during this time with the exception of scheduled athletic events. The school board offices will also be closed, however, you can reach any administrator by email during the break.

I want to encourage everyone to stay home, stay socially distanced, and to stay healthy. Please be part of the solution and make wise decisions when considering interactions with other people and as always, wear a mask. I wish you and your family the best of health and a happy Thanksgiving. 

Quarantine: It's not a school policy. It is a state order.

posted Sep 16, 2020, 1:35 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

Date 9.16.20

 

Dear White County School Community,

 

We are doing everything in our power to ensure the safest environment possible while continually providing education to our students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of our top priorities is protecting students, families, and staff, so our school district is following strict guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health for the management of individuals diagnosed with or exposed to, COVID-19.

 

When we are notified of an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 having been present in a school we, along with our local health department, will immediately begin an investigation to determine who may have been in close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes) with that individual.  All who have been identified as close contacts will be notified and instructed to quarantine at home for 14 days from their last contact with that individual or until otherwise advised by the health department. Quarantined individuals are not allowed to return to school or any extracurricular activities until the quarantine period has elapsed.

 

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are to self-isolate at home for ten days from the onset of their symptoms. The individual must be fever-free for 24 hours and have improving symptoms before leaving isolation and returning to school.

 

While COVID-19 does not cause illness in every person who becomes infected, it is highly contagious. If we work together with students, parents, staff, volunteers, and the Tennessee Department of Health, we can avoid closing our schools.

 

Contact [your/your child's] medical provider for guidance if [you develop/your child develops] any of the COVID-19 symptoms. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of smell or taste. It is not necessary to obtain a COVID-19 test unless [you develop/your child develops] symptoms of COVID-19.

 

If you have questions about this information, please contact your medical provider, your school, or your local health department.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kurt Dronebarger

Director of Schools

School Returning to 5-Days Per Week/ With Mask Mandate on August 31st, 2020.

posted Aug 23, 2020, 2:41 PM by Kurt Dronebarger   [ updated Aug 23, 2020, 2:44 PM ]

The WCBOE met on 8.23.20 in a specially-called board meeting to discuss school plans as they relate to COVID-19


The board has voted unanimously that all students and staff will return to school 5-days per week, with a mask mandate, beginning Monday, August 31st. Enrollment in the VIP online option will be opened again for a two-week window beginning August 24th.  The handbook for this option is posted on our website at www.whitecoschools.net. Your child’s school will be providing more updated information about this schedule change in the days to come. 


This coming week, August 24th-28th, we will still be on the hybrid schedule and everyone is still encouraged to wear their masks. The new, traditional schedule will begin the following week on Monday the 31st. 


THE WCBOE would like to thank the entire community for their continued patience and support as we navigate this difficult time together. You may contact your child’s school if you have specific questions.

Special-Called School Board Meeting

posted Aug 20, 2020, 7:46 AM by Kurt Dronebarger

The White County Board of Education will hold a special-called meeting on Sunday, August 23rd at 2:00 pm at the Board of Education (576 Hale Street). The only item on the agenda is the school attendance model for students moving forward as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. This meeting is closed to the public under Governor Lee's executive order, however, the meeting will be recorded in its entirety and posted on the district website (www.whitecoschools.net) within 48 hours. The public may submit questions to the school board ahead of the meeting on their board's webpage at http://www.whitecoschools.net/departments/school-board.

Director's Update 8.11.20

posted Aug 11, 2020, 6:36 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

Hello everyone,

 

The 2020-21 school year has begun and we are doing everything in our power to ensure the safest environment possible while continually providing education to our students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of our top priorities is protecting students, families, and staff, so our school district is following strict guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health for the management of individuals diagnosed with, or exposed to, COVID-19.

 

When we are notified of an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID19 having been present in a school we, along with our local health department, will immediately began an investigation to determine who may have been in close contact (within six feet for at least 10 minutes) with that individual.  All who have been identified as close contacts will be notified and instructed to quarantine at home for 14 days from their last contact with that individual. Quarantined individuals are not allowed to return to school until the quarantine period has elapsed.

 

Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are to self-isolate at home for ten days from the onset of their symptoms. The individual must be fever-free for 24 hours and have improving symptoms before leaving isolation and returning to school.

 

While COVID-19 does not cause illness in every person who becomes infected, it is highly contagious. If we work together with students, parents, staff, volunteers, and the Tennessee Department of Health, we can avoid closing our schools.

 

Contact your medical provider for guidance if you or a family member develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of smell or taste. It is not necessary to obtain a COVID-19 test unless you develop symptoms of COVID-19.

 

If you have questions about this information, please contact your medical provider, your school or the local health department. 

 

Sincerely,


Kurt Dronebarger

Director of Schools

Update 7.29.20

posted Jul 29, 2020, 11:16 AM by Kurt Dronebarger   [ updated Jul 29, 2020, 11:17 AM ]

Update 7.29.20
This update comes after Governor Lee's announcement on 7.28.20 stating that it is his desire that schools open in-person and remain in session as much as possible. White County submitted our school plan to the state last week and it was approved by the TN Department of Education. Our district will open for the first day of school on August 7th, 2020 and we will still be using the hybrid schedule to start the year (1/2 students on M/ TU and 1/2 students on TH/ FRI). Our plan is to stay on that schedule through August and monitor the COVID-19 cases in the meantime. IF the infection rate is low, then we may consider opening 5 days per week. However, if the infection rate is moderate or high, then we will either continue the hybrid model or retreat to a fully-online method of schooling. In any scenario, White County Schools plan to keep families informed and will attempt to give as much prior notice in the event of a schedule change. If you need assistance as we begin the year, please contact your child's school. Phone calls and emails work best. Please continue to do your part to keep the spread of the Coronavirus under control and thank you for your continued support. 

Director's Update 7.17.20

posted Jul 17, 2020, 2:56 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

Hello everyone,
At this time, White County schools still plan to open on schedule using the hybrid approach as advertised in previous updates. Families will be notified by Wednesday, July 22nd concerning which weekdays their children will attend school. This plan has been approved by the school board and the health department and we feel that currently, it is the best option to provide educational services and still utilize best practices in the interest of public health. 

Students may also apply for an entirely online version of school by completing the online application located on this webpage. Please note, this online option (called the White County Virtual Instruction Program or VIP) will be very rigorous and families must have the technological tools necessary to participate. The online model will also exclude students from participating in extracurricular activities including athletics. The deadline to apply for the VIP model is July 29th and the VIP handbook will be available soon. Notification of acceptance to the VIP will be made by July 31st. General registration information can also be located on the district website's home page and the first full day of school is August 7th. 

Finally, there are many attitudes, beliefs, and opinions out there, but one thing that we can all agree on is the desire to keep our families safe and healthy. Let's continue to work together White County to protect and support each other. That is the quickest road to the normalcy that we all seek. 
Take care.

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