In a statement today, Thursday, Giles County Director of Schools Vicky Beard spoke of ending the 2019-20 school year following Gov. Bill Lee's recommendation Wednesday that all schools remain closed for the remainder of the school year.
In her statement, Beard said graduations for GCHS and Richland seniors are postponed to the tentative dates of Thursday, June 25, for GCHS and Friday, June 26, for Richland. Both ceremonies will be made available to the public through online streaming.
More school year ending information will be released as it is available.
Beard's complete statement:
First of all, I would like to extend a THANK YOU to everyone who has stepped up over the past few weeks to support our students and families of Giles County Schools. It has been very encouraging to see our community come together during this time of crisis.
As you may already know, Gov. Lee announced his recommendation for all K-12 schools in Tennessee to remain closed for the remainder of this school year. Even though our schools are closed, it does not mean that learning must stop. Work behind the scenes continues. Our educators have been and will continue to provide opportunities for our students to continue their learning while at home and over the course of the summer.
The State Board of Education set emergency rules in place last Thursday, which are guiding many of the decisions that are to be made to close out our current school year. We have met with all principals today to set our plan in place for how we will close out the school year. In these unprecedented times, we are all pressed to make unprecedented decisions. Although our plans to close out the 2019-20 school year have been made with sincere effort and good faith, we realize that there may be imperfections. Please realize that all decisions have been addressed with our students' best interests at heart. Parents will be contacted by school personnel regarding what steps students will need to take to successfully complete the academic year.
We know that this school closure has been particularly disappointing for many of our students, especially our seniors, who are looking forward to their graduation. We will be postponing graduation ceremonies for Giles County Schools. For the time being, we are looking to tentatively set Giles County High School graduation for Thursday, June 25, and Richland School for Friday, June 26. We will be following the current CDC guidelines of social distancing and attendance restrictions in an effort to further limit the spread of COVID-19. Both ceremonies will be available to the public through online streaming. Weather permitting, both ceremonies will be held at the football stadium at each school respectively. However, this is subject to change as the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve and pending board approval at the May 7 board meeting.
Again, we want to thank you for your patience and understanding in this time of crisis. I am extremely impressed by our community's response to come together to take care of our students and families. I feel blessed to be a part of Giles County and witness the concerted efforts of everyone to make this time of great difficulty become an opportunity to bond and strengthen each other. This pandemic has caused many disruptions and created challenges for our community; however, we are Giles County strong and we will get through this together!
— Staff Reports