Report cards for Warren County students are expected to be available for viewing this week on the Skyward family and student platform.
The report cards are for the third-quarter grading period, which was completed before students left for Spring Break on March 13. Local schools have been closed since that time due to COVID-19 concerns, a total of 12 missed school days as of Tuesday, April 7.
“We finished the third quarter before Spring Break so the report cards are for a complete nine-week grading period,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “We are now providing instruction in more of a support role.”
The Tennessee State Board of Education is expected to make a decision this Thursday about graduation requirements, among other things. Cox said end-of-year ceremonies like the prom and graduation itself will be up to officials from each school system to decide.
“I would rather wait and see and make those decisions closer to the time,” said Cox. “I don’t want to jump the gun and make a decision too early. The prom isn’t until the first weekend in May and graduation isn’t until May 21.”
Students with home internet access have been receiving regular instruction, although not all students have internet at their home. For those students, Cox said some schools have developed paper packets with school assignments but that hasn’t been pursued system-wide due to concerns of spreading the virus by hand-to-hand contact.
Even for students who are receiving regular online instruction, it’s difficult for them to keep pace with the normal learning they would achieve if they were in a classroom, Cox said.
“I think there’s going to be a catch-up period for sure,” said Cox. “Everything we’ve done to this point has been reactionary. I think what’s going to happen when we get back in school in August is going to be the real challenge.”
Also of note, the school system’s food distribution network will not be operational this Friday due to Good Friday. Students who pick up meals Wednesday will be given food for the next five days.