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GCSSD on-campus instruction will start Monday, August 2, at a Level 4. Masks will be optional for students and staff. There will be no option for off-campus digital instruction for the 21-22 SY.

We are excited for the start of school! Please continue to follow COVID-19 CDC guidelines to help us work together to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, staff, their families, and communities.

  • Stay away from work, school, or other people if you become sick

  • Wear your mask in public

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

  • Sneeze or cough? Cover your mouth

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily

Masks for students and staff will be optional for the 21-22 SY.

Even when or when not wearing a face covering, social distancing is still encouraged. Other measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 include frequent hand washing and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

We must be aware that bullying and harassment may occur because a student or staff chooses to wear cloth face coverings. We must be supportive and kind to the choice they make.

The COVID-19 Family Food Assistance program has been extended until July 13th

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) announced Tennessee families are now eligible to receive financial support for their children’s nutritional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support is provided through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program.

Under the new P-EBT program, families of children who receive free or reduced meals at school or attend a Community Eligibility Provision school may receive financial assistance to replace school meals during the months of March, April and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The program will provide parents with $5.70 per child for each day that child qualifies for P-EBT.

“Families across our state depend on the meals their children receive at school and many were not prepared to immediately replace those meals when schools shut down for COVID-19,” said TDHS Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes. “The P-EBT program brings economic support to ensure children receive the nutrition they need. Helping families through this emergency is how we continue building a thriving Tennessee.”

Parents who already receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits currently, do not need to apply. The funds began arriving on the EBT card they already use beginning June 12. Parents who do not receive SNAP benefits, but whose children do qualify for free or reduced school meals, will need to apply for PEBT online here beginning June 15. The application period will end July 13, 2020.

Individuals who need assistance completing their P-EBT application or have general questions about the program are encouraged to call the TDHS hotline at 1-833-496-0661 and select option 3. Qualifying families will receive P-EBT support in two installments, one for meals in March and April initially, and then one additional disbursement later next month for May meals.

“During the COVID-19 school closures, we saw an incredible, herculean effort to keep providing meal services to students and families,” said TDOE Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “This additional relief from P-EBT will be helpful during this time of uncertainty for families and it is important to make sure every eligible family knows about the program.”

Throughout the COVID-19 school closures, many districts and schools across Tennessee used innovative ways to continue delivering meals to students and families, such as “grab and go”

The cleaning process below will help control germs on devices. The options below do not create a “germ free barrier” on the device, but will provide a level of cleaning.

Always turn off and unplug the device before cleaning.

Use either 70% isopropyl alcohol or Clorox wipes.

  • Do not pour any alcohol directly onto the device but instead pour a small amount onto a lint free cloth and then wipe down the device

  • Clorox wipes: Make sure the wipe is not dripping wet when wiping down the device

  • Avoid getting any moisture in any openings

  • Allow the device to air dry before turning it back on

  • Computer labs throughout the district will be cleaned using a UV wand

Level 2: desktops / laptops will be cleaned at the end of each class period
Level 3: desktops / laptops will be cleaned at the end of each day

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