Our goal for our students, employees, and families has always been to provide the best quality education while keeping health and safety a priority. Our original plan was for all students to return to in-person learning on February 16th. After careful consideration and consultation with local health officials, review of CDC guidelines, and input from school personnel, Smith County Schools has developed a plan to safely return students to in-person learning. All Smith County Schools’ grades 3rd and 4th will be returning to in-person learning 4 days per week (M, T, TH, F) at all schools on February 4th. Our goal is to bring all Pre-K through 12th grade students to in-person learning 5 days per week beginning Monday, March 15th. The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and local COVID metrics could alter this return date. Unless modified by this announcement, the student will remain on their current schedule until March 15th. This timeline will also allow Smith County Board of Education employees the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.
The State of Tennessee is requiring all school districts to administer TNReady assessments. The testing window for Smith County students, 2nd through 12th grade, will begin April 12th. Resuming in-person classes on March 15th will allow students and staff time to establish routines and prepare for state testing.
Students enrolled in the Virtual Academy will remain in the virtual program according to their contract commitment.
The Smith County Board of Education reserves the right to modify these schedules as necessary to ensure the safety and health of our students and employees.
Dates to Remember
Thursday, Feb. 4- All in-person 3rd and 4th grade students will begin attending 4 days per week.
Monday, Feb. 15- President’s Day- No School
Thursday, March 11- End of 3rd 9 weeks
Monday, March 15- All in-person Pre-K-12 students will begin attending 5 days per week.
Monday, March 29- Friday, April 2- Spring Break- No School
Monday, April 12- May 5- TNReady Test Administration Window