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Reopening Notes from our Principal

8/7/20

Just a brief reminder: Device deployment for VIRTUAL STUDENTS ONLY will be Monday, Aug 10 at either of the following times:
 
9:00 AM -11:30 AM or
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
Please remember to wear a mask and please bring your own pen.
 
Please note: Unfortunately, all our textbooks have not yet arrived from publishers, so we will have to distribute some texts at another time once they arrive. We apologize for this inconvenience.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
KMS Administration

 

8/5/20

Hello KMS Families,

I hope all of you are well and have plans to enjoy the next couple of weeks leading up to the start of school.  Please know we have many hard working people behind the scenes working each day to get ready for both the virtual and in-person settings.  Please see the important updates below:

KMS 6th Grade Orientation

Due to the delay in school opening, 6th grade in-person orientation has been moved to August 20th, 8:30-12:00.  Just like before, buses will run.  Masks are required, and only students are allowed.  We still plan to send out an orientation video for our virtual students on that same day.  

KMS Device Deployment Information

Digital Form(s) to complete prior to arriving

  1. Chromebook registration form: https://kcs.incidentiq.com/policy/d6c01d50-61a7-40fe-9e96-1ccb55973349/lookup
  2. Optional but encouraged Insurance form: https://kcs.incidentiq.com/policy/35938b6c-23ba-498a-b47f-4369b7d0c7a0/lookup

Please note that these forms require a student number (which begins with an "S"). If you do not know your student’s number, login to the Aspen portal or call the school.  Staff will be present on site on deployment dates to assist, also. 

Deployment Dates

  • August 10 - Virtual Learners in all grades 
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM or 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • August 19 – 7th and 8th Grade In-Person Students 
    • 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    • Any virtual student unable to pick up device on August 10 may also attend 
  • August 20 – 6th Grade In-Person Orientation and Deployment
    • In-person students will receive devices during their orientation and parents do not need to attend.  However, a device registration form MUST be completed for a student to receive a device.  See the link above.  

Notes

  • Families with students in multiple grades can pick up on one date, your choice.  
  • In-person 7th and 8th grade students not able to make it to the August 19 deployment date, and in-person 6th grade students unable to be present August 20, will receive their device the first week students arrive on campus.
  • Virtual students that are not able to pick up device on August 10th can attend deployment on August 19th.  

Location of Deployment: Cafeteria and Library

  • Enter through the main doors in the front, near the flag pole
  • Masks are required
  • What to expect when you arrive:
    • A temperature check
    • Digital agreement verification (if not already completed)
    • Device pick up
    • Device sign in with student ID number and password (same password used on Canvas, Aspen, school Google Drive, etc…)
      • 6th grade students will receive a preset password

Please call the school if you have questions (539-7732) and we look forward to seeing you over the next couple of weeks!  

Thank you,

Brent Glenn, Principal

 

8/4/20

Hello Parents,

We hope to clear up some confusion for you, so please see the following clarifications:

  • The supply lists for students are the same whether virtual or in-person. These are posted on our website here: https://www.knoxschools.org/karnsms.  However, virtual learning families have the freedom to choose those supplies that will make your child most successful at home. Please remember that virtual assignments will be submitted electronically, so a few of the supplies listed may not apply to virtual students. 
  • Virtual students: You will receive your Chromebook, textbooks, and other important items during Device Deployment (if all textbooks and workbooks are here in time).  Again, Monday, August 10 is for VIRTUAL Students ONLY, and the windows are 9:00-11:30 AM and 4-7 PM.  Please wear masks and be prepared with student numbers which can be located on Aspen.
  • Chromebooks for in-person students: We are still waiting to receive all our Chromebooks, so please be on the look out for a message about deployment of those devices.  We will communicate the day and times as soon as we know for sure.  
  • Schedules: ALL student schedules, whether virtual or in-person, will post to ASPEN on AUGUST 14.  All classes will begin Monday, August 24. 

We hope this helps answer some of your questions, but if you need additional help please don't hesitate to call the school from 8:30-3:30 M-F.  Thank you,

Brent Glenn, Principal 

 

7/22/20

Hello KMS Families,

I know you have received lots of emails, so I thought I would condense everything for you into one page.  Here are all the LINKS you need for this school year.  Paper copies are listed at the bottom.  

Technology Device Agreement: Required for ALL students to receive a Chromebook, whether attending in-person or virtual classes.  You will need your student’s “s-number” which can be found on Aspen.  

Chromebook Insurance (optional) $30.  You will need your student’s “s-number” which can be found on Aspen.

  • Note: Families who qualify for free/reduced meals and fee waiver will receive this free of charge once your application for free/reduced meals has been approved.   

Aspen and Virtual Option: REMINDER--The Deadline is TODAY by 11:59 PM!  If you wish for your child to attend VIRTUAL CLASSES first semester, please log onto your parent account and follow the instructions on the screen.  If you wish for your child to attend classes in-person, then you don’t have to do anything at all.  

  • The school can provide your username if you can’t remember it.  Please call 539-7732 or email cyndi.smith@knoxschools.org

  • If you have NEVER logged onto your Aspen account, we can give you a username and a password.  Please call the school or email cyndi.smith@knoxschools.org for help.  

  • If you have logged onto your Aspen parent account and changed your username and/or password, we do not have access to that information.  


For a paper copy of the Virtual Option, please use this attachment: Virtual Learning registration form FINAL.pdf 


To submit paper copies you may do any of the following:

Please let us know how we can help.  Thank you,

Brent Glenn, Principal 

 

7/17/20

Good Afternoon Once Again KMS Families,

We have received many questions today, so I am hoping to clarify a few things as best I can. Please review the following clarifications and announcements:

  • Green vs. Yellow vs. Red: The district plan accounts for three scenarios.  Condition Green would be like last year, school as normal.  Yellow means some students will be in the school building while others participate virtually.  Condition Red means ALL students will participate virtually.  If that occurs, all teachers will be responsible for presenting instruction online.  Condition Red could happen any time if the number of cases continue to rise, if there is evidence of a significant exposure, etc.  

  • Chromebook Registration: You should have received an email giving your student’s number.  Please follow the links to electronically sign the form.  You may also follow the link for the optional insurance if you wish to purchase it. Finally, if you choose the insurance, there is a link to School Cash Online where you can pay immediately if you so choose.  It’s very simple to create an account if you have not done so already.  

  • Sports, Cheer, Dance: We still do not have information on when or if we can hold tryouts, begin practices, etc.  We apologize, but we are awaiting a final decision.  

  • Selecting Virtual Classes: Please remember that you must go into your child's ASPEN account and select the virtual option by next Wednesday, July 22.  If you have trouble with this process, please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.  

  • Changes in Virtual vs. In-Person: Unfortunately, we cannot allow students who select virtual to later switch to in-person, and we cannot allow students who choose in-person classes to later switch to virtual (except in cases of significant medical need, etc.).  Either choice is a one semester commitment, meaning half the school year.  After winter break, I anticipate that students will again be allowed to choose either at that time, but the district has not yet confirmed that.  

  • Related Arts Virtual: Most likely, our only related arts offerings for those choosing virtual classes will be Health, STEM, Computer, and General Music.  We simply cannot offer performance based classes virtually with fidelity.  Once again, this all depends on final numbers and availability of staff.  

  • Related Arts In-Person: We will still offer ALL related arts classes to those who attend in-person, and we want to reassure you that we will take every precaution to ensure that our performance based classes are safe.  We have a proud tradition of very successful performing and visual arts here at KMS and we have every intention of maintaining that.  We will continue to have excellent Band, Chorus, Orchestra, and Art courses, and we feel that those classes will be as safe as others.  

  • Masks: I fully realize that the issue of masks is controversial to some.  We do not judge or take sides on the issue, but we must think of the safety of ALL students, faculty, and visitors in our building.  The plan from our district states the following, and we will work to uphold it: All students will be required to wear an appropriate mask while on campus when physical distancing isn’t possible unless a student is unable to remove a mask/face covering without assistance or has a medical condition or other need preventing it.

    • If you are strongly opposed to masks, then please choose the virtual option. 

  • Supply Lists: These will be available by tomorrow on our website.  We had to make some adjustments today, so thank you for your patience.  A note about earbuds/headphones: Students only need ones that will work with Chromebooks, meaning they must physically plug into the headphone jack.  Wireless headphones will not work with Chromebooks.  

  • Yearbook Reminder (rising 7th and 8th graders only): 

    • July 20, Monday 9-11 AM

    • July 21, Tuesday 1-3 PM

    • Stop by the school office 9AM - 3 PM any day after that if you cannot make it Monday or Tuesday.

  • 6th GRADE ORIENTATION: We will hold an orientation for incoming 6th graders on August 13, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM.  This is open to ALL 6th grade students, regardless of whether they will join us in person or attend virtual classes.  Buses will run and pick up your child at his/her bus stop, or you may drop them off as car-riders and pick them up at noon.  Please note that we will screen all students to ensure they do not have a fever before participating. Parents, please note that due to the current pandemic, we will not hold any parent meetings in the building that day and as such you will not be allowed to enter.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we promise to take great care of your kids!  The district will send out flyers to you with more info soon.  

Once again, please do not hesitate to call the school at 539-7732 with any questions, or email your child’s grade-level principal with questions:

6th Grade: brent.glenn@knoxschools.org

7th Grade: kristina.shelton@knoxschools.org

8th Grade: kamau.kenyatta@knoxschools.org

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this challenging time!

Brent Glenn, Principal 

 

7/16/20

Good Afternoon KMS Families,

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy!  I apologize for the long email, but I hope to answer a few of the many questions you have now that you must decide to send your child to school for in-person classes or opt for virtual instruction.  Please know that we are committed to providing your child a great education either way!  Here are some things we can confirm as of now: 

Virtual School Basics

Students who select the virtual option will participate in Virtual School from 8:30-3:30. However, this does NOT mean they will be engaged in uninterrupted screen time for 7 hours. There will be a blend of synchronous (same time) and asynchronous (student independent) activities that occur within each scheduled course each day and/or throughout the week. 

Until we get our final numbers on July 22, we will not know  the following:

  • Which virtual classes the students will be scheduled for

  • Which students will be scheduled with Karns Middle staff and which will have QuEST classes (Students whose schedules cannot be accommodated here may take QuEST courses as needed)

  • Which staff members are teaching virtual classes offered at KMS

Please remember that you have until July 22nd, next Wednesday at midnight, to choose--and that you ONLY need to make a selection if you desire virtual classes.  This should be done on Aspen, and it’s a very quick and simple process.   You may also come by the office between 9 AM and 3 PM with paper copies, or we will show you how to choose virtual school.  

Virtual Learning on Red Days:

If conditions worsen, there is the possibility of ALL classes conducted virtually while school buildings are closed.  Our staff will participate in extensive training during the extra week of planning we have before students begin so that if we go to “condition red” high quality instruction will continue seamlessly.

Scheduling Information:

Core classes: We will be offering all levels of core classes (English, science, math, and social studies) both in person and online.  However, we cannot guarantee Honors classes unless we happen to have enough students in the same class opt for virtual.  

Related arts classes: We are still waiting for specific department supervisors from Fine Arts, Career and Technical Education (CTE), etc. as well as Virtual School numbers to share what related arts classes will be offered online. We will continue to offer all related arts classes for those who choose to attend school  in person. Modifications will likely occur for classes where activities increase the risk for spread.

In person class sizes will be affected by the number of students who choose to participate in the virtual setting and how those numbers are distributed when the schedule is revised. 

Specific Site Based Plans for Health and Safety

We will be taking student, teacher, and visitor temperatures at the door.

We are working on revised logistics with our staff for mass gatherings such as morning bus hall, afternoon bus hall, and the lunchroom. We are committed to following the health guidelines in regards to maximum mass gathering guidelines.  Our tentative plan is to keep grade levels separate for bus hall etc, move to 6 lunches instead of 3 to provide distance, etc.   

We also plan to direct transitions and movement in the hallways so that student contact is limited as much as possible.  

Masks:

We will be requiring masks as the size of our student population makes it nearly impossible to socially distance within any setting in the school. If you are not comfortable with the learning environment at Karns Middle School for in person learning, we encourage you to select the virtual option. This is especially important in regards to the wearing of masks. If you do not want your student to wear a mask, virtual learning is for you. If you select in person learning, you are committed to wearing masks while at KMS.  We have many faculty members who are considered high-risk and/or have compromised immune systems, or they have loved ones who may be high-risk.  We must take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. 

Arrival/Dismissal:

We are working on a new arrival and dismissal plan that will provide more distance.  We will release details once we finalize them.  Please note that we will check student temperatures in both the car rider line and at the front doors for bus riders.  Car riders who show a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to exit vehicles, and bus riders who show a temperature of 100.4 or higher must report immediately to a waiting area while we contact parents to pick them up.  

 

In closing, we miss our kids, and we are excited about getting them back to learning, one way or another!  We understand that every parent needs to make a decision that best fits their situation for their family.

This situation is still developing in real time, so our best laid plans could change any moment.   We have tried to cover as many questions as possible, and we will continue to communicate regularly with you as we receive more information. Please do not hesitate to call the school at 539-7732 with any questions, or email your child’s grade-level principal with questions:

6th Grade: brent.glenn@knoxschools.org

7th Grade: kristina.shelton@knoxschools.org

8th Grade: kamau.kenyatta@knoxschools.org

Thank you for your continued support of KMS.  Despite the many challenges, we look forward to the new school year!

Brent Glenn, Principal