GDPST RE-ENTRY AND RECOVERY UPDATES
- Students and staff left school March 12, 2020, one day early, for Spring Break, after local officials introduced Safer at Home measures.
- GDPST quickly moved to an online platform for students with access to devices and wifi. Students without WIFI were provided packets with systems for safe turn in, making sure students were able to continue instruction following Spring break.
- GDPST launched a re-entry and recovery newsletter to keep students, families and community members informed, and has since sent out over 22 editions!
- The after school program adapted to online programming, enabling more students the opportunity to participate.
- Fairley and Hillcrest hosted their first ever drive thru graduations at Fairley's auditorium.
- GDSPT schools partnered with the Mid South Food Bank and hosted mobile pantries that gave away over 6000 boxes of food to families in need.
- Memphis moved to Phase II of the reopening process which allowed us to begin planning for Re-Entry into the buildings.
- Re-Entry working groups created and published a plan which would guide the work of Green Dot Public Schools for safe return into the schools, the GDPST Re-Entry Plan.
- Green Dot Public Schools TN began surveying parents to determine parental concerns for students returning to the building.
- GDPST began a series of virtual community meetings to answer questions from stakeholders and present the re-entry plan.
- Teachers returned in July for two weeks of professional development before the start of school.
- Using survey data, GDPST made the decision for students to begin school August 10, 2020, the original start date, through distance learning.
- Green Dot provided all fully enrolled students digital devices.
- Green Dot partnered with the Xfinity Essentials Partnership Program to provide free WIFI to students in need.
- Students who were not eligible for the Xfinity program but still needed WIFI capabilities, were given hotspots.
- GDPST met with students on the Re-entry Advisory committee for feedback to determine the impact of distance learning for Quarter 1.
- Surveys were sent to parents to determine which students would return to the buildings for in-person instruction; 24% opted to return in January.
- GDPST was voted a Commercial Appeal Top Work Place winner for the fourth year in a row!
- Teachers returned to buildings December 7, 2020 to prepare classrooms for return.
- Students returned by grade levels, January 19 & January 26, 2021.
- Calls went out to all Green Dot stakeholders to join the working groups for the next phase of re-entry for 2021 - 2022.
- Second group of new students returned to buildings February 22, 2021, rather than February 15, 2021 because of extreme winter weather.
- GDPST teachers and staff were offered the opportunity to receive the COVID vaccine.
- March 12, 2021, the one year anniversary of the longest Spring break ever, students will leave to enjoy Spring break.
We would like to thank Tennessee Representative G.A. Hardaway of the 93rd District and Terence Patterson from Tennessee Charter Commission for meeting with Kirby Middle Schools students and Principal Marian Williams during the Tennessee Charter School Center's Annual Day on the Hill. Like most events in 2021, the conversations were fostered via Zoom. Students were able to learn about real world work experiences and what it means to be a legislator in our state. We look forward to being able to meet again next year, hopefully in person.
- In-person daily attendance;
- GPA requirements set by TSSAA and GDPST;
- Attend school for each day of Spring state testing; and
- A current physical on file at their school.
- School Administration have approved each sports practice plans;
- Athletic Directors and Coaches have completed required trainings;
- Student-Athletes have the required paperwork on file; and
- Athletic COVID-19 resources have been reviewed with essential personnel.
We Want Your Input
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call your student's school to sign up today!
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