Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates in CMCSS
March 14, 2020
Over the past few weeks, a Communicable Disease Team (CDT) comprised of leaders from CMCSS and the Montgomery County Health Department have been meeting regularly to review the latest guidance from the CDC, monitor the health and attendance of CMCSS students and employees, and make recommendations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
From March 30 through May 1, school buildings will be closed and all athletics/activities (including practices) and before- and after-school programs and events will be canceled or postponed. Our current plan is for students to return to school on May 4. This date is subject to change depending on the recommendation of the CDC and Health Department officials.
AP Exams – CMCSS is aware that students and teachers have been contacted directly by the College Board about updates to Advanced Placement testing expectations in light of the coronavirus. Though the format will be non-traditional, CMCSS believes that our students are better prepared than most to demonstrate their mastery through digital ways. We are committed to supporting our Advanced Placement students in preparation for the upcoming AP exams, and your school will be in touch during the coming weeks. In the meantime, students can visit apcentral.collegeboard.org to continue working through review resources for their specific test. Students should not take steps toward testing on their own without consulting their school first. Students are not alone in this endeavor. Their teacher, principal, and district are here to support them.
Central Office – Central Services Gracey is closed to the public until further notice. Each department will be working remotely to ensure essential district functions continue without interruption. If you need assistance, please contact a representative from the respective department via email or voicemail. Central Services South, Operations, and Greenwood, including the Enrollment Center, are closed to the public until further notice.
Graduations – At this time, graduations are not affected by this closure.
Pre-K – Click here for more information about Pre-K applications for the 2020-2021 school year.
Proms – At this time, proms scheduled through the closure window above have been postponed. After schools reopen, administrators will make every effort to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a similar function. Proms scheduled for May are not currently affected.
Registration – You may begin the enrollment process at enroll.cmcss.net. When schools are back in session, someone from CMCSS will contact the primary guardian listed during pre-registration to provide instructions for completing the enrollment process.
SF-1010 – Parents/guardians may fill out the form at Central Services Gracey when the building is open to the public. Email [email protected] or call 931-542-5078 for more information.
Food for Children:
Click here for the latest updates.
Children thrive within structured environments and it will be important to provide opportunities during the day for your children to be creative, read and discuss what they are reading, and participate in physical activity. It is a good idea to create a daily structure in the mornings and afternoons for your children to do these things.
CMCSS will be providing weekly grade-level Continued Learning Resources for students. Directions for accessing these resources will be provided soon. For now, click here for a collection of free resources to support at-home learning
Social and Emotional Resources:
During this time of fear and uncertainty, students will look to adults for information and comfort. It is important to provide evidence-based information to reduce fears and to seek mental health services or other support when needed. The following resources can help:
- Discussing COVID-19 with children – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
- Taking Care of Your Emotional Health – https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp
- Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html
- Talking to Your Kids about the Coronavirus – https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
- Find a local therapist – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
- Anxious about coronavirus? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
General COVID-19 Information:
COVID-19 information is continuing to evolve as the experts learn more about this disease. We know there is a lot of fear and anxiety around this pandemic, and we assure you the CDT is continuously monitoring this situation. While education is important, the health and well-being of our students and staff are far more significant.
For up-to-date information from the CDC on COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Citizens should contact their primary health provider before going visiting a site. Montgomery County Testing sites:
Vanderbilt Primary Care Clarksville
800 Weatherly Drive, Suite 201B
Clarksville, TN 37043
Montgomery County Health Department
350 Pageant Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040
Premier Medical Group – Walk In Clinic
490 Dunlop Lane
Clarksville, TN 37040