Collierville, Bartlett release back-to-school plans

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COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. — Two more Shelby County school districts have rolled out their back-to-school plans.

The Collierville School District plans to give parents and students two options for the fall semester: in-person instruction or the Collierville Virtual Academy. Those who wish to participate in the remote learning option will have to let the school district know by July 29.

It’s important to note that these students will be allowed to return to in-person learning in the spring of 2021 if they choose to do so.

All students will receive a device for distance learning. It will be given to students during the first two weeks of school.

Students in the third grade and above as well as staff members will be required to wear masks when six feet of distancing cannot be maintained. This includes the times when students are on the bus.

Breakfast and lunch will still be provided on a daily basis but, depending on the location, may look a little different this year. Schools will have to work out what works best for them individually, but they can either implement a grab and go scenario or even hold lunch in an alternate location such as outside.

The school district is seeking guidance from the TSSAA, Shelby County Health Department and the National Federation of State High School Associations regarding after school program, athletics and events.

The district said it will update their plan as needed.

Beginning school on August 10, Bartlett will also allow parents decide whether to take classes virtually or in person for the first nine weeks.

Parents interested in the virtual option will need to let the district know by July 24.

Elementary students who show up to school will be divided up into classes as usual, but the numbers should be smaller based on the fact that the district anticipates a good number of families to go with the virtual option. Teachers will be the ones to move from classroom to classroom when applicable in the elementary and middle grades.

The ninth graders and high schoolers will participate in a hybrid program that combines in-person and virtual learning. Students will be separated into two groups. One will attend school on Monday/Wednesday while the other shows up on Tuesday/Thursday. Friday will be reserved for remote learning.

The district noted that if the virtual enrollment numbers are great enough, high school students may be instructed to come in Monday through Friday.

Masks will be required in all common areas and when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Before and after school care will be provided.

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