The TCAP family portal is now available for families of students who took TCAP and/or an EOC in 2020-21SY. Families can now find detailed and personalized information about their student’s progress. Students will receive paper reports by Thursday, August 12, 2021. The report includes a unique student ID number (USID) which is necessary for creating an online portal account. Please visit https://www.gcssd.org/page/tcap-parent-portal for more information and a video on how to create an account.
Click the link below to view the number of new positive COVID-19 cases amongst students and staff for the week of 8/2/21-8/8/21. Students and staff listed as positive does not necessarily indicate they contracted COVID-19 at the school building. Link to 8/2/21-8/8/21 positive COVID cases: https://5il.co/wsx1
Updated COVID-19 information has been posted for GCSSD protocols. Please click below to review. We look forward to the first day of school on Monday, August 2! (1/2 day for students) Link to view updated COVID-19 information: https://www.gcssd.org/page/information-and-updates
Estimated bus morning pick-up times are now available on the www.GCSSD.org website under Transportation. Please visit https://www.gcssd.org/page/bus-routes to view bus routes, pick-up times, bus number, and driver names.
GCSSD is currently accepting applications for NEW Substitute Teachers. The substitute training course cost is $29.00. Once you have submitted a completed substitute teacher application, go to gcssd.org >Menu >Quick Links >Substitute Training Course. Please send the certificate at the end of the training course to Brad Garner at GCSSD. Contact Brad Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Returning Substitute Teachers…check your My Benefits Channel for the 2021-22 Substitute Training Course.
GCSSD is happy to report that we have been selected to participate in the Second Harvest Summer Backpack Feeding Program. This grant is funded by the “Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation” and will provide free breakfast and lunch daily this summer beginning Tuesday, June 1 through Monday, June 28, 2021. Food will be sent home with eligible students attending the Summer Learning Camp or may be picked up with food from the cafeteria at Dyer School or South Gibson County Elementary School (SGCES). Food will also be available for pick-up at Dyer School and SGCES on June 21st from 1:30—2:30 by families associated with any school in GCSSD. Click here to view the menu: https://www.gcssd.org/browse/144850
We were informed this morning by TDOE that we will not be receiving all 3-8 and EOC TNReady scores until June 10. We are required to count TNReady scores if they are returned within 5 business days of the last day of school. Since the state did not meet this deadline, we are not required to count the test scores in the overall student average. We recognize the need to finalize student grades. Therefore, we will not count spring TNReady scores. This will allow teachers to finalize grades at this time. Report cards will be finalized by June 3.
Please view the video below and provide feedback about the direction GCSSD plans to go with utilizing funding from ESSER 3.0. Feedback survey is open until June 22, 2021. Link to video: https://youtu.be/B632UjAeSOc Link to feedback survey: https://forms.gle/YT2Kb4wrYVRgjvPm6
GCSSD will receive TNReady scores on May 28, 2021. Your students TNReady score is added as a part of their Q4 grade. The score will only be added to the students grade if the score will improve the students overall grade. Teachers will be adding those scores to the gradebook on or before June 4, 2021. Grades will then be finalized and report cards will be posted via PowerSchool Parent Portal on June 7, 2021.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCMENT: If your child qualified for our Summer Camp Program, he/she received a letter of conformation on Monday. The letter must be returned to your child's teacher no later than Wednesday, May 21st.
GCSSD will be closed tomorrow, Thursday 2/11, due to the potential for inclement weather. Central Office staff will work from home. Friday, 2/12, will be a normal off campus learning day for staff and students. Staff will be contacted tomorrow, 2/11, for directions on Friday work location.
The 2021-22 School Year calendar options have been drafted and will be approved on January 14, 2021. We would like to know your opinion on which calendar option works best for your family. Please click on the link below to see the calendar options and then fill out the survey that selects the one that fits you and your family best. Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion. Survey will close on 1/13/21 at 4:00PM. https://forms.gle/GFWwauMBLbRAEUTY7
The 2021-22 School Year calendar options have been drafted and will be approved on January 14, 2020. We would like to know your opinion on which calendar option works best for your family. Please click on the link below to see the calendar options and then fill out the survey that selects the one that fits you and your family best. Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion. Survey will close on 1/13/21 at 4:00PM. https://forms.gle/GFWwauMBLbRAEUTY7
As a reminder, all students eat free until the end of the 2020-21 School Year! We will be continuing to offer meal delivery on Friday’s due to the extension of off-campus learning. A meal request must be submitted each week by Thursday at 12:00 noon to ensure a meal delivery on Friday by completing the online meal survey or by contacting the school cafeteria manager. Click below to access the meal delivery request: https://forms.gle/epCrAzVYj6yUprS29
The Tennessee Department of Health has released updated guidance on releasing cases and contacts from isolation and quarantine regarding COVID-19. Please click the link to review the full guidance. The list below is a summary of the changes: NON-HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS Non-household contacts must be quarantined after exposure to a case, regardless of whether the case was symptomatic. TDH and CDC recommend a 14-day quarantine. Acceptable alternatives to a 14-day quarantine include: • after Day 10 (returning to regular activities on Day 11) without testing if the contact does not have symptoms. • after Day 7 (returning to regular activities on Day 8) if the contact does not have symptoms and if they test negative by a PCR or antigen (rapid) test collected after Day 5. Continue to self-monitor for symptoms and wear a face mask through Day 14. • If they go the route of getting a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test, we will need proof of that test to allow them back before the 10 days are up. Link to updated guidance: https://5il.co/nlkk
Digital Learning Academy Quarter 3 Enrollment is open until December 11, 2020 (5:00 PM close). Any student that wants to participate in the Academy for Quarter 3 must register by 5:00PM on Friday 12/11/2020. Students that are currently enrolled and want to continue with off-campus instruction through the Academy must re-enroll. If you plan for your student to return to on-campus instruction, Quarter 3 starts January 4, 2021 (full day of instruction). There is no need to contact the school and let them know that you plan to return your student to on-campus instruction. We will send a list of students to the school that did not re-enroll in the DL Academy for Quarter 3. Please remember, we will not allow any student to transition in or out of the Digital Learning Academy after the enrollment deadline (5:00PM December 11, 2020). If you choose to enroll your student, he/she will remain a Digital Learning Academy student for the entire Quarter 3. We will also not allow any student to transition from on-campus to Digital Learning Academy after the deadline. Decisions of how your student will receive instruction for Quarter 3 must be made by Friday, December 11 at 5:00PM. Digital Learning Academy Quarter 3 Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJB29RX Digital Learning Academy Information: https://www.gcssd.org/page/digital-learning-academy
According to guidelines set forth by the TN Department of Health, COVID-19 testing refers to SARS-CoV-2 PCR. Negative antigen (rapid tests), and antibody tests are not approved for return to school. We have been instructed NOT to accept a Rapid negative COVID test for school return. Notify your healthcare provider that we do not accept Rapid COVID tests. Also, diagnoses of respiratory and viral conditions such as allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies, upper respiratory tract infection (URI), pneumonia, pharyngitis without positive strep test, etc., DO NOT exclude the diagnosis of COVID-19 and DO NOT justify return to school.