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    I am so excited to have the opportunity to welcome students back to Carter Elementary School this Fall!  We have prepared a plan for reopening to assist you in your decision making about this upcoming school year.  We used input from our staff and over 200 responses to the Carter Elementary family survey to help guide us in our decision making for the upcoming school year. We have made every effort to prioritize student health and safety when creating our plan.  We also want our students to have opportunities to socialize and learn with their peers as safely as possible.  I understand and value the need for school to feel “normal” for our students as much as possible, but some changes are necessary.  Below is a summary of some of the changes that will be in place should your child return to school in August. 

    If you have additional questions regarding the plan or procedures that will be in place to help you make a decision, please complete this form and someone from our school will reach out to you within 2 business days.  I recognize that this is a difficult decision for many of our families in this community, our state, and throughout our country.  We are still a Carter Elementary family and we are still in this together.  Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help our community through these challenging times.

    Jessica Birdsong, Principal

    Please click here to download a pdf version of the summary and FAQ listed below.  Spanish version

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Will things ever go back to “normal”?

    We understand how anxious and uncomfortable some children are feeling because their familiar structures and routines have changed so dramatically.  We are hopeful to reintroduce familiar practices and activities as it is safe to do so.  Some of the new hygiene and cleaning protocols will remain after the pandemic is over because they help to slow the transmission of all diseases.  We will continue to take guidance from the CDC, the Knox County Health Department, and our school district to determine when to proceed and what to reintroduce.

    1. A student at another Knox County School has some different expectations. Why?

    Every school building and student population is unique.  Knox County Schools recognized this and allowed individual schools to determine how best to follow health and safety guidelines with the resources of our school.

    1. Will this prevent my child from getting sick?

    This will not prevent your child from getting sick at school.  Our reopening plan is designed to create safe and healthy learning spaces and slow down the spreading of germs and the transmission of disease.

    1. What if I am still not comfortable with this plan?

    Knox County Schools is offering a virtual option for families who are not comfortable sending their students to a “brick and mortar” campus.  You should have received an email from KCS on July 15 with information on how to enroll.  If you did not receive this email, please reach out to the school.

    1. What should I do if my child is sick?

    Please do not send your child to school if they are sick.  If your child has a fever or is showing other signs of possible COVID-19 infection, please take them to your physician to have them tested.

    1. Will I know if someone at Carter Elementary has a confirmed case of COVID-19?

    We will follow Knox County Health Department guidelines and notify families of students that may be impacted.  Please see the KCS Reopening Plan for details.

    1. What precautions are being taken on the school bus?

    Family members will be asked to sit together when riding the bus to and from school.  Students will be seated apart from one another if space allows.  Students riding the bus to school will have their temperature taken upon arrival at school.

    1. Where can I find more details about the plan?

    You can find the KCS district plan here. We will be sending an automated phone message during the week of July 20 to all enrolled families that will include additional information specifically for Carter Elementary.

    1. Will my child still get a Chromebook to use if we attend school in-person?

    Your child will be assigned a device during the first week of school that will be used during the school day.  In the event the we have an extended school closing, Chromebooks will be sent home with students to use for instructional purposes.

    1. What are you doing about lost instruction from last school year?

    Our teachers have been carefully planning since April of this past school year to ensure that we are addressing instructional gaps for all students.  Instruction is being designed to ensure that students have the opportunity to learn skills needed to master the new grade level standards prior to being taught new information when necessary.