Latest Update from TCSS on School Closure and Monitoring and Prevention of COVID-19

  • April 26, 2020

    Below are answers to some of the common questions many of our students and families have right now. As you will see, decisions about activities beyond May will be based on guidance from the Alabama State Department of Education and Alabama Department of Public Health. While we do not have a definite timetable, indications are that we will know more from the State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Public Health very soon. Regardless of any easing of gathering restrictions, all school facilities in Alabama will remain closed for in-person instruction through the end of this school year. Our Academic Continuity Plan will continue through the last day of the year on May 21, 2020.

    When will kindergarten registration be held?

    A new date has not yet been determined for kindergarten registration. Once a new date is set, that will be communicated through the TCSS web site and through our schools.

    Will TCSS hold high school graduation ceremonies?

    Graduation ceremonies will not be held in May, as originally planned. TCSS has developed a plan for holding graduation ceremonies later this summer, if guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health allows us to do so. Read the full plan on this page.

    Will TCSS offer in-person summer learning and/or credit recovery programs this year?

    At this time, we do not know. That will be determined by further guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Education. Once we have that guidance, we will share more information through our web site and through our schools.

    Some schools typically offer summer day camps and other programs. Will those be held this year?

    At this time, we do not know. That will be determined by further guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Education. Once we have that guidance, schools that typically hold those programs will share more information.

    My student left personal items at school. How do I get those?

    Individual schools will provide information about how to get those items as soon as the Alabama Department of Public Health eases orders for gatherings. We expect and hope for that to be determined in early May.

    How will tryouts be held for sports and activities for next school year?

    Any tryouts held in May must be virtual. Schools will provide more specific information about any virtual tryouts. For any activities beyond May, we will follow guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama State Department of Education, as that guidance becomes available. 

    How will grades be determined for this school year?

    Students in grades K-11, with a passing grade at the end of the third nine weeks, will be considered to have successfully completed their grade or course. For a final course grade, students will receive their third nine weeks grade OR an average of their grades for the first, second, and third nine weeks, whichever of the two options is a higher grade. If the student does not have a passing grade through either option, schools are working with those students to determine next steps. Contact your school for more information.   

    Seniors with passing grades at the end of the third nine weeks, and who had completed all graduation requirements up to that point, will be considered to have met all graduation requirements. Final course grades will be determined in the same way as those for students in grades K-11. Schools are working with seniors without passing grades or who had not met graduation requirements to determine next steps. Contact your school for more information.

    As stated in our TCSS Academic Continuity Plan, the paper learning packets distributed to students will not be collected. These resources are being provided to help our students keep learning, while our school buildings are closed.

    When will high school transcripts be available for 2020 seniors?

    Transcripts will not be available until June.