Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee Re-Entry Updates 2/14

GDPST Family,
Leading Green
Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to partner with Green Dot Public Schools TN. At no other time in our history has it been more important for our organization to lead green. If you are a member of the Green Dot team, you know what it means to "lead green" and understand how each principle uniquely applies to everything we have been doing over the past eleven months of distance learning. For our valued stakeholders who are not privy to this very inside terminology, there are five principles that drive the work that we do in transforming public education:
  • Teamstrong
  • Stretch It
  • Own it
  • Get It Right
  • It's All About the Students
Since safely reopening schools for in-person instruction three weeks ago, we have come to a greater appreciation of these principles as they have come to represent all of the effort and commitment exhibited to make re-entry a success. Everyone has been working together to ensure the past three weeks have gone off without a hitch. The classified staff, janitorial team and nutrition services have offered support on every campus that has been invaluable to the daily operations of each campus. Our teachers have risen to the challenge, not only providing quality instruction to the students who have chosen to return to the building but also making sure the students who remain at home are included in daily instruction. Our principals have had to stretch themselves and their teams to ensure the safety plans that they so painstakingly created are executed with fidelity each day, maintaining the health and wellbeing of students and staff.
Green Dot Public Schools TN will continue to lead green through the pandemic and beyond. We will work to make sure the students we serve continue to receive a quality education, whether it is in-person or through distance learning. We will continue lead green by being TEAMSTRONG as we continue to work together to provide safe spaces for students in need of mental and physical support while we continue through these challenging times. We will OWN IT as others around us question the decisions we've made to re-enter the buildings for in-person learning. We will STRETCH IT to make sure we are bridging the gaps for students who are already academically underserved, championing all efforts to mitigate learning loss. We will GET IT RIGHT because everything we do is ALL ABOUT THE STUDENTS.
As always, we want to reiterate our beliefs regarding students returning to the school buildings:
First, if each of us enacts safety measures with fidelity, schools will be safe for students and staff.  With over 94% of districts in Tennessee offering In-Person Learning options, health department records indicate that there is little virus transmission inside schools. At GDPST, safety precautions have been carefully planned: school supervision plans have been reviewed and rehearsed; rooms are configured to ensure proper distancing; protective equipment is on site and ready for distribution; and, teams are receiving training and practice needed to execute daily expectations
Second, this is an equity issue for our students. We have always contended that students learn best in-person. Now that science deems it safe enough to provide that option, we must act to ensure our students get the best learning environment possible.
Please feel free to reach out to your school administrators if you have any questions.

We Want Your Input 

The re-entry process has been one of the most important endeavors of this past year. Working with GDPST team members, parents and community partners enabled us to create a plan that resonated with our families’ needs.
As we work on our plan to make sure students continue academic growth, your input is very important to us. We are creating opportunities to ensure our students receive enrichment and to address all learning loss. If you are interested in joining one of our working groups (pictured below), please email [email protected].
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Important Documents

Need WiFi at home?

Green Dot Public Schools TN understands the technology gap that exists for families in our communities. We are proud to be able to partner with Comcast to provide six months of free internet service to enrolled families who qualify. After the six months of free service, families will have the opportunity to continue, with a nominal fee.

We have extended this opportunity to all of our current students and have received an overwhelming response. Fortunately, we are able to extend this to newly enrolled students as well. So, if there are families contemplating enrollment but are afraid they will not have access to internet for their students to attend distance learning, we will work to get them enrolled, assign a laptop and set them up with Comcast for WiFi.

Please email your full name, your student's full name, and your best contact number to [email protected] or call your student's school to sign up today!

How to Guidelines

Curious about what our classrooms will look like when we return for in-person learning? Check out this video!

Here's what our students had to say about being back in the building...

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