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2020-2021 CHS Student Information-STUDENT & PARENT EDITION.

Hello guys. We know you have been eagerly waiting for information to be released about this upcoming school year. We hope to answer your questions and clarify information about CHS and McMinn County operations during this hectic time of Covid-19. Virtual students will be taught through CHS and our fantastic teachers. Traditional “Brick and Mortar” students will physically be in the building. Whether you are a brick and mortar student/parent or a virtual student/parent, please review this entire document. Every student will need to be prepared for the possibility of being virtual if school is dismissed.

Brick and Mortar Students: Staggered Schedule

  • The first two weeks of school will be staggered. Students will physically report to CHS based upon their last name. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS AND STAFF WEAR MASKS UNLESS EATING.

 

  • If your last name begins with A-L, you will report to CHS on the following days:
    •  8/10, 8/12, 8/14, 8/18, 8/20
  • If your last name begins with M-Z, you will report to CHS on these days:
    • 8/11, 8/13, 8/17, 8/19, 8/21
  • Before entering the buildings, each person (students and staff) should self-assess the follow questions daily:

1. Do I have a fever? (100.4 or higher)

2. Have I had a fever in the last 24 hours?

3. Am I experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms? Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, congestion, or runny nose

4. Have I been in direct contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?

 

A "yes" to any of these above questions indicates the individual should not enter a MCS facility.

 

  • If students ride the bus, they will be given assigned seats by the bus driver. Siblings will sit together.
    • Students will not be allowed to ride the bus to school or home with other students. No stamped notes will be provided by the school.
  • When students arrive to school, they will have their temperature taken by a CHS staff member in the parking lot. If their temperature is less than 100.4, they will enter the building through their assigned location:
    • Freshman will enter through the main entrance.
    • Sophomores and Juniors will enter at the auditorium entrance.
    • Seniors will enter at the main gym entrance.
  • Upon entering the building, students will be given hand sanitizer, and the entrance doors will be held open for them.
  • Throughout their time in the building, students and faculty should:
    • Continually wash hands/use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching their face.
    • Practice good respiratory etiquette when coughing or sneezing.
    • Maintain social distancing within the school setting by working in an individual space or specified space and not lingering in common areas such as bathroom and work areas.
      • Do not have any physical contact with anyone during the school day.
    • Adhere to scheduled starting and ending times by exiting the facilities and MCS property promptly and refrain from lingering in common areas such as student drop off and pick up areas, bus loading and unloading areas, and in student and staff parking areas.
    • IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS AND STAFF WEAR MASKS UNLESS EATING.
  • Physical Education (PE) Locker Rooms and water-fountains will be closed, except for the water bottle filling station. If you choose, you may bring water from home or money to purchase beverages in the cafeteria or from the vending machines.
  • Students are encouraged to pick up a free breakfast at the breakfast station located at their assigned entrance.
  • Students will then report to their homeroom classrooms. This is for the staggered schedule only. Homeroom teachers are assigned by grade level, gender, and last name.
    • Freshman Female Homerooms:
      • Last name A-C is Ms. Rose, located in the English Pod.
      • Last name D-J is Ms. Jackson, located outside the English Pod.
      • Last name K-P is Ms. Masengil, located in the Science Pod.
      • Last name Q-Z is Ms. Sliger, located outside the Business pod.
    • Freshman Male Homerooms:
      • Last name A-C is Mr. Moates, located in the Math Pod
      • Last name D-H is Mr. Whitehead, located in the English Pod
      • Last name I-O is Mr. D. Stone, located in the Business Pod.
      • Last name P-Z is Mr. Goodin, located in the Science Pod.
    • Sophomore Female Homerooms:
      • Last name A-G is Ms. Eddington, located in the Math Pod.
      • Last name H-MC is Ms. Miller, located in the Math Pod.
      • Last name ME-R is Ms. Farner, located in the English Pod.
      • Last name S-Z is Ms. Quintard, located in the Business Pod.
    • Sophomore Male Homerooms
      • Last name A-E is Mr. Curtis, located in the Gym.
      • Last name F-J is Mr. Mobley, located in the Cantley Pod.
      • Last name K-P is Mr. Shaw, located in the Social Studies Pod.
      • Last name Q-Z is Mr. Tuggle, located in the Social Studies Pod.
    • Junior Female Homerooms
      • Last name A-C is Ms. Brown, located in the English Pod.
      • Last name D-J is Ms. Estes, located in the Gym Hallway.
      • Last name K-Ri is Ms. Hernandez, located in the Social Studies Pod.
      • Last name Ro-Z is Mr. Robinson, located in the Science Pod.
    • Junior Male Homerooms
      • Last name A-D is Mr. Rowland, located in the Music Room, outside the Auditorium.
      • Last name E-K is Mr. Gentry, located in the Gym Hallway.
      • Last name L-Q is Mr. Watt, located in the Cantley Pod.
      • Last name R-Z is Mr. King, located in the Ramey Room Area.
    • Senior Female Homerooms
      • Last name A-C is Ms. Cantley, located in the Cantley Pod.
      • Last name D-K is Ms. Goodin-Beaty, located in the Science Pod.
      • Last name L-R is Ms. Bryant, located in the Gym Hallway.
      • Last name S-Z is Ms. Warfield, located in the Business Pod.
    • Senior Female Homerooms
      • Last name A-D is Mr. Knight, located in the Gym Hallway.
      • Last name E-L is Mr. Felker, located in the Gym Hallway.
      • Last name M-R is Mr. Woody, located in the English Pod.
      • Last name S-Z is Mr. S. Stone, located in the Social Studies Pod.
  • Students will follow the one-way arrows located in the hallway. Loitering and congregating in the hallways will not be allowed. During transitions, students must go to their next location ASAP. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS AND STAFF WEAR MASKS UNLESS EATING.
  • Students will remain in homerooms until told otherwise.
    • In homeroom, students will be given their schedules and beginning of the year paperwork.  They will also be assigned their laptop once the technology contract is returned to the homeroom teacher. The technology contracts will be shared online soon or can be picked up from the school’s entry office between the hours of 9:00-1:00 M-F and 8/3-8/7.
    • It is highly recommended that students bring this signed technology contract on the 1st day that they report to school so that they can receive their assigned school device.
  • When the time is appropriate, the bell will ring, and students will report to each class listed on their schedule.
    • Students will be given assigned seats in all classrooms.
    • Classrooms will be disinfected in between classes.
  • There are 4 scheduled lunch times this year. Lunch Times are assigned by your 4th period teacher.
    • Wash/sanitize your hands before coming to lunch. Tables will be sanitized in between each lunch.
    • Students will not be charged for lunch this year, but a’ la carte items will be available for purchase.
    • Students will set on one side of the table and face the same direction.
    • Students will be allowed in the restroom 1 at a time and will not be allowed to go past the office /cafeteria bathrooms until the bell dismisses them from lunch.
  • If students choose, they will be given a breakfast and a lunch for the next day because they are on a staggered schedule. Take-home Breakfasts and lunches will be distributed in 7th period.
  • Students who have a 7th period located on the front side of the building will dismiss from their teacher’s blue, exterior door when the bell rings at 3:15.

Regular Schedule for Brick and Mortar Students starts August 24th

  • All of the previously mentioned procedures for the staggered schedule apply to regular schedule, with the exception of student entry points.
  • IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS AND STAFF WEAR MASKS UNLESS EATING.
  • When students arrive to school during regular schedule, they will have their temperature taken by a CHS staff member in the parking lot and. If their temperature is less than 100.4, they will enter the building in assigned locations based off of their 1st period location.
  • Student Entry points will be assigned by the 1st period teacher
    • Students with 1st periods located in the English pod, Cantley pod, or Science pod will enter through the main entrance.
    • Students with 1st periods located in Social Studies, Math, Business, or King’s, Walker’s or Rowland’s room will enter at the auditorium entrance.
    • Students with 1st periods located in or around the Gym will enter at the Main gym entrance.
  • After students enter the building, they are encouraged to pick up a free breakfast at the breakfast station located at their assigned entrance.
  • Lockers will be assigned through 1st period teachers’ location based on student need.
  • Students are encouraged to go to their lockers before 1st period.
  • Students will follow the one-way arrows located in the hallways.
  • Following the COVID Bell schedule, the bell will ring and students will report to each class.
  • During the first two weeks of staggered time, videos will be loaded to the CHS Staff Team for the teacher to play on their boards during Charger Time. This will take the place of freshman orientation and class meetings.

Virtual Students:

  • Any student choosing to register for virtual school through CHS, must still be registered at a CHS.
  • Virtual students can pick up their laptop and attend training by coming to CHS on 8/6 at the following times:
    • 9:00-10:00 Student last name A-C
    • 10:10-11:10 Student last name D-J
    • 11:20-12:20 Student last name K-P
    • 1:30-2:30 Student last name Q-Z
    • 2:30-3:30- Student homes without internet (USB Students)
  • IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT STUDENTS AND STAFF WEAR MASKS WHILE ATTENDING TRAINING.
  • Students/Parents must turn in their completed contract located in the “remote handbook” in order to pick up their laptop a link to that will be sent out this week.
  • Laptops must be turned on and logged into for the first time at a McMinn County School.
  • All McMinn County School’s Parking Lots should be Wi-Fi enabled shortly. The Center for Academic Excellence in Athens across from Food City should also have a Wi-Fi enabled parking lot soon.
  • There will also be 5 school buses that will make their way around the county to visit areas that do not have access to Wi-Fi.
  • CHS students’ virtual time will be completed with CHS teachers.
  • Teachers who have virtual students will record or live stream their class to upload to TEAMS through the student laptops.
  • Students can either complete their assignments/watch class synchronously, meaning in real-time or asynchronously, requiring a recorded session. Synchronous activity is encouraged.
    • Students may watch the class or call in with their cell phone if needed. Students may download the TEAMS app to their cell phone as well.
  • Food for virtual students will be distributed one day a week, but will contain enough food for all school days during the week.
  • Whether students decide to attend school virtually or are a brick and mortar student, school attendance is important, but student safety will remain our top priority. Please always ask the self-assessment questions daily before reporting to the building. We want everyone to remain safe and healthy and to have a fantastic 2020-2021 school year.
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