Cleveland City Schools invites parents' opinions on fall's back-to-school plan

By KAITLIN GEBBY
Posted 6/14/20

Cleveland City Schools is releasing parent surveys to help them determine how they will proceed with school in the fall. Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn and the Tennessee Department of …

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Cleveland City Schools invites parents' opinions on fall's back-to-school plan

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Cleveland City Schools is releasing parent surveys to help them determine how they will proceed with school in the fall. 


Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn and the Tennessee Department of Education released official guidance last Wednesday. 


When classes begin again this fall, schools have several options on how they could conduct in-person classes again. Campuses might reopen right away, in phases, or by staggering their student populations so a limited number of students are on campus at one time.

 

They may also continue virtual learning, or begin using a year-round model that mixes online and in-person learning. 


Schwinn virtually testified before a U.S. Senate HELP Committee’s hearing on COVID-19 and safely returning to school, where she said that reopening schools in Tennessee would add $100 to $150 in new costs per student.


Though the guidance was broad, Cleveland City Schools is trying to narrow its choices with a parent survey. 


Director of Schools Dr. Russell Dyer made the announcement over social media Wednesday, where he said the survey would give them insight on how to move forward in the fall. 


“We need to get information from our families that will be returning to Cleveland City Schools so that we can adequately plan this summer for what we will look like in the fall,” he said. 


Surveys are being sent to the parent emails associated with PowerSchool accounts. 


Dyer said the school system will announce the district-wide plan for its fall return at the next scheduled board meeting on July 7. 

 

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