Superintendent's Message for Back to School Plan

TROY CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Mrs. Cynthia G. Thomas, Superintendent
358 Elba Highway
TROY, ALABAMA 36079
TELEPHONE 334-566-3741
FAX 334-566-1425
“Trojans Committed to Success”

Dear Parents,

Troy City Schools is committed to maintaining the health and safety of students and staff while ensuring a strong continuity of services to address students’ academic needs. The following plan is in place for the 2021-2022 school year:

Maintaining Health and Safety

In the absence of state or local mask ordinances, the wearing of masks will be optional. Classrooms and common spaces such as cafeterias will return to pre-COVID configurations and procedures. Following CDC guidance, unvaccinated individuals may choose to wear masks when closer than six feet with an individual from another household.

School custodial staff will frequently clean restrooms and common areas using recommended sanitizing supplies. While food service will return to pre-COVID routines, the water fountains will remain in use only as water bottle refill stations.

Parents are asked to be vigilant about not sending sick students to school. We will no longer take student temperatures daily, but any student exhibiting signs of sickness will be sent to the school nurse. Troy City Schools will continue to partner with the ADPH to follow contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine recommendations for unvaccinated students and staff.

Ensuring Continuity of Services

While there will not be a Blended Model of instruction, families may choose traditional, face to face instruction or enroll in Virtual School for the entire school year if criteria are met. Schoology, Edmentum, and ACCESS will be used to provide virtual instruction, and students will be provided with a school chrome book for use with virtual instruction.

District and school administrators and teachers are working diligently to assess student learning gaps and create plans to address student academic needs. Response to Instruction teams at each school are utilizing ongoing benchmark and progress monitoring assessments to create individualized intervention plans to support struggling learners. Intervention plans include targeted, small group instruction to teach content the student has not mastered.

School counselors will collaborate with our school mental health services coordinator and outside agencies to identify and support the mental health needs of students and staff. Our school nurses and child nutrition staff will continue efforts to keep our staff and students physically healthy.

Sincerely,

Cynthia G. Thomas
Superintendent