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Changes to Covid Policies in TN Schools

Big 3 items for school related Covid policy in the bill that just passed the Tennessee Legislature on 10.30.21. Summarized from the Tennessee Legislature’s Conference Committee Report on House Bill No. 9077 / Senate Bill No. 9014. Quarantining in schools: The language is clear that only the State Health Commissioner has the “sole authority” to quarantine, and the committee summary of the bill passed says: “A local health entity or official, mayor, governmental entity, or school does not have the authority to quarantine a person… Read More »Changes to Covid Policies in TN Schools

Updated Ideas for Handling Covid in RCS

The school board refuses to have a discussion over any ideas for dealing with Covid outside of masks and contact tracing, both of which violate parent’s rights and Tennessee law in how they are currently being handled. With the school district building their Covid policy on a discriminatory foundation of removing healthy, non-symptomatic, and Covid-free students from school only because they aren’t wearing a mask, they are both breaking the law and ignoring a wide variety of other solutions. We have posted these ideas in… Read More »Updated Ideas for Handling Covid in RCS

Ideas for Handling Covid at School

Letter sent to School Board, Director of Schools, and HR Director on September 7th, 2021 at 10:30pm. Hello Board Members, Director Spurlock, and Dr. Anthony, Just following up on my suggestion of a meeting to discuss some out of the box ideas for Covid policies. I believe the folks from the pro-universal mask side shot an email as well while at the meeting. I’d love to grab a couple people from the pro-parent choice side, and also some teachers and other administrators to work on… Read More »Ideas for Handling Covid at School

Parents Furious Over Mishandling of Covid in Schools

Letter sent RCS School Board and Director of Schools, August 30, 2021 Board Members and Director Spurlock, On August 10, 2021 the Rutherford County Board of Education reviewed and approved a procedure intended to prevent students and staff from being quarantined who were Covid free or symptom free. Despite this clear intent, the Director of Schools for Rutherford County Schools (RCS) unilaterally changed this procedure (both procedures can be found here) to remove non-symptomatic and non-Covid positive students from schools–with no input, consultation, or vote… Read More »Parents Furious Over Mishandling of Covid in Schools

Rutherford County Parents Furious Over Mishandling of Covid in Schools

On August 10, 2021 the Rutherford County Board of Education reviewed and approved a procedure intended to prevent students and staff from being quarantined who were Covid free or symptom free. Despite this clear intent, the Director of Schools for Rutherford County Schools (RCS) unilaterally changed this procedure (both procedures can be found here) to remove non-symptomatic and non-Covid positive students from schools–with no input, consultation, or vote from the Board. The legality of RCS moving forward with these procedures is questionable, but the result… Read More »Rutherford County Parents Furious Over Mishandling of Covid in Schools

Empty Classrooms Becoming Norm in RCS, Change Needed.

Empty classrooms are becoming the new normal in Rutherford County Schools (RCS) this school year. See the latest parent reports below regarding the disaster of contact tracing at RCS. This policy is unquestionably breaking Tennessee law by denying healthy, school age children access to education. Healthy kids are forced to be at home with no access to instruction of any kind. Without a full school closure, this is illegal. Equally problematic, there is no transparent or duplicable process for any of it. None of this… Read More »Empty Classrooms Becoming Norm in RCS, Change Needed.

Students Being Grouped, Forced to Provide Personal Health Information

The arbitrary and inappropriate behavior continues in Rutherford County Schools (RCS) handling of Covid policies. This was reported by a parent on Friday, August 27th. Their student was contact traced at an RCS high school. Along with their child, approximately 40 students were pulled into the library by the Assistant Principal and asked to form two lines, one of the vaccinated and one of the unvaccinated. The staff then handed the kids who claimed to be vaccinated a piece of paper to email proof. Without… Read More »Students Being Grouped, Forced to Provide Personal Health Information

Terrible Drop in Student Test Scores Released from 2020-2021 School Year

With the release of 2021 TCAP results a clear picture has emerged, not just of the impact to our children, but also of the path forward. As expected, the disrupted learning resulted in a definitive decline in subject proficiency for all age groups. The path forward is simple, schools need to remain open and children need to be in the classroom unimpeded by the political environment. Gov. Lee Release here. Full TCAP PPT here. Highlights below.