Letter to Parents on Roadmap to Reopening Schools

TROY CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Mrs. Cynthia G. Thomas, Interim Superintendent

358 Elba Highway

TROY, ALABAMA 36079

TELEPHONE 334-566-3741

FAX 334-566-1425

“Trojans Committed to Success”

June 26, 2020

Dear Troy City Schools Stakeholders:

First, I want to thank you for your continued support.  It takes parents, students, staff, and community members to join together to ascertain any normalcy in the midst of this nationwide pandemic.  While COVID-19 has presented some challenges, with your continued support, Troy City Schools will be able to begin a new school year with our students being as successful as in the past.  We have a great school system, and we are working to prepare an educational environment that will remain conducive to learning. It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child.  I would be remiss if I did not say that Troy City Schools will continue to rely on all stakeholders to ensure that our students remain successful. 

Throughout this pandemic, I know you have been challenged to seek normalcy, but I assure you that TCS staff will do everything possible to help our students continue to receive an education that is equipped with superior learning experiences while keeping our students safe. Currently, we are making plans to begin a normal school year following our current school calendar as students’ first day of school is August 20, 2020. We are also adapting schedules and increasing our cleaning and personal hygiene activities to promote the healthiest instructional environment possible. 

It is impossible to elaborate on all of the details regarding our planning in this letter, but please know that our goal is to provide the healthiest and highest quality instructional environment feasible for our students. We plan to follow the Alabama Department of Public Health Guidelines as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Alabama State Department of Education. 

Additionally, TCS will provide three learning frameworks available to our students: traditional, blended, and virtual.  Brief descriptions for each framework are attached and provided in the following:

  1. Traditional Framework- students will learn in a traditional learning environment and receive face-to-face instruction.  Daily physical attendance will be required.  This framework will be available if there is no current surge and there is a low number of new cases for COVID-19.
  2. Blended Framework- students will learn using face-to-face instruction as well as using an online learning environment.  Students and classrooms will transition from traditional learning to an online learning environment. This framework will be utilized if there is an increasing number of daily cases or concern for potential surge in COVID-19 (minimal to moderate surge).
  3. Virtual Framework- students will learn using non-traditional instruction.  Courses will be delivered virtually.  This framework will be offered to all K-12 students beginning this Fall.  This framework will be used if there is a high rate or active surge in COVID-19 cases (moderate to substantial surge).

We are also planning for online instruction which will be a full-time virtual offering that allows students to learn online if parents choose to keep them at home for the upcoming school year hosted by the Alabama State Department of Education. These students will continue to receive support from our teachers.  In the coming weeks, more details will be released regarding TCS virtual school as well as any other pertinent communication regarding the upcoming school term.  I encourage you to continuously monitor the TCS website, school websites, social media, and other forms of media to stay abreast of all updates.

Listed below are some resources and links that you may access to promote a greater understanding of the role the Alabama State Department of Education plays in helping guide local education agencies through these challenging times: 

  1. Parent’s Guide to Alabama’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools as this is an additional resource inclusive of a Q&A that has been made available to parents from the Alabama State Department of Education: 

    https://www.alsde.edu/Documents/RoadmapParentFAQJune262020.pdf

  2. Alabama Achieves Roadmap to Reopening Schools that can be accessed at https://www.alsde.edu/
  3. Alabama School Coronavirus Information that can be accessed at https://www.alsde.edu/covid-19

Throughout this pandemic, I will continuously communicate our plans with our stakeholders. As we move forward, please remember our priority is to provide our students with the opportunity to continue learning in an environment that is conducive to learning. 

I appreciate your patience during this process and assure you that the Troy City Board of Education’s staff is working tirelessly to provide the best education for students. Troy City Schools thanks you for your support.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Cynthia G. Thomas,
Interim Superintendent

TCS Framework