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Schools closed, but learning continues

Posted on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 9:50 am

By David Knox

Moore County Schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

Director of Schools Chad Moorehead announced the decision on Wednesday, April 15, just hours after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee made the recommendation that all schools shut down for the rest of the 2019-2020 year.

However, Moorehead said, the Class of 2020 will have a graduation and maybe even a prom when the concern about the COVID-19 pandemic abates.

“I have a message for seniors and their parents and families,” Moorehead said on a Facebook update. “We intend to have graduation on May the 15th at Moore County High School. If for some reason we’re not able to have graduation on that day, then please put on your calendar June the 19th. That is our tentative day for graduation of we’re not able to have it as regularly scheduled.

“We’re working on a plan for prom,” Moorehead added. “As soon as we have some dates and a plan for that we will get that out to you so that you can enjoy prom this year.”

As far as at-home learning is concerned, it will continue until the regularly scheduled completion of the school year as it now stands. Elementary school children have their final grades and all will be promoted to the next grade, Moorehead said. High school students will get no lower than the grade they had in a class as of suspension of in-person classes and will have a chance to improve their grade through new assignments through learning-at-home packets and Google Classroom. A pickup for packets was scheduled for today, Thursday, April 23, from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Elementary school students will pick them up at Lynchburg Elementary and high school students will get them at the high school.

The schools are working on a way to schedule pickup at the schools of personal items that were left there.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association also announced that it would not hold spring championships, nor the previously postponed basketball championships.

UPDATE: The prom is now tentatively scheduled for June 12.