How long will the schools be closed?
We adjust the length of time for being closed based on orders from the Governor of Tennessee and the federal government. Governor Lee has asked all schools to close until at least April 24. Alcoa City Schools is following that request. Depending on the ongoing impact of COVID-19, that date may be extended.
What is the best way for me to get information about the schools?
Information on our webpages, through mainstream news media, from our school principals, and from our automated phone calls, emails, and texts will have the most recent, validated information. Many social media sites may also have information about our schools’ activities. Any information found on these sites should be confirmed before acting on it or accepting it as fact. Contact your child’s school if you are unsure.
Can our students still get school meals while schools are closed?
Yes. (This information was updated March 30, 6 p.m.) Our school nutrition department is distributing meals on Mondays and Wednesdays. Meals can be picked up at Alcoa High School. On Mondays, students will pick up breakfast and lunch meals for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesdays, students will pick up breakfast and lunch meals for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. These meals are available for any child age 18 or younger, whether they attend Alcoa’s schools or not.
These schedules may change! Please also see the News & Announcements section on the front page of our website, www.alcoaschools.net, for the latest information.
Are school meals being delivered on Alcoa school buses?
Alcoa City Schools meals are not being served from school buses. Local churches and volunteers have been using buses owned by Clabough Bus Services to distribute food from Second Harvest and other contributions. Some of these buses are used for Alcoa’s students on normal school days, and are labeled Alcoa City Schools.
If the schools DO begin serving school meals from school buses, this FAQ and announcements on our webpage will be updated.
Are school offices still open?
No. Starting Tuesday, March 31, school offices and the district office are closed through at least April 14. These conditions may change as the situation develops. See our district and school websites for more information.
Can we use school facilities during this time?
No. All facilities are closed to any activity other than essential work by a limited number of employees. All ball fields and gyms are closed. All facilities are closed to use by any outside organization (e.g., churches, community groups, community events).
Are my students required to do school work that is sent out by teachers?
Teachers will be making resources and activities available to students through Google Classroom and other forms of contact and communication. This will officially begin on Monday, March 30. In many cases, these will include opportunities to engage in learning activities designed by the teachers specifically for this period of time. We strongly encourage families to engage in these activities. Doing so will help students maintain learning, be better prepared when we return, and explore learning in new ways. Work will not be graded, however, and is not required (except in a few cases for high school students).
Will we still have tests like TCAPs, EOCs, ACT, or Industry Certification Tests?
Alcoa City Schools will not administer any state testing, which includes TCAP, End-of-Course testing, and the PK/K Portfolio.
Tests like ACT and AP are national exams, and we are still seeking information on administration. High school students and families should look for communication from Alcoa High School, and on their website or through Google Classroom, for new information.
Tests related to Industry Certifications, such as OSHA 10, may continue and would be required for students to complete the certification requirements. Teachers would contact any affected students with more information.
If I am a dual enrollment student with Pellissippi or TCAT, do I need to continue meeting their requirements?
Pellissippi or TCAT has issued instructions for continuing virtual learning. Contact your professor if you have not heard from them.
Will high school students get the credits they need for graduation if they are not in school?
The Tennessee State Board of Education sets the state criteria for credits and graduation. We must wait for decisions to be made by the State Board of Education and the Department of Education before we can issue any definite guidance about credits and graduation. Please look for communication from Alcoa High School, which will be updated as soon as we have new information.
How will my student with disabilities receive their services during the school closure due to COVID-19?
Parents of a student served under IDEA will be contacted by their case manager. The case manager will discuss supports and resources that can be accessible in the home setting to maintain and continue progress towards IEP goals.
Will we have a commencement ceremony in May, or Prom?
At the present time, prom, our Committed to Excellence banquet, and our commencement ceremony have been postponed.
Can I pick up my child’s medications that are at the school?
School nurses are reaching out to families who have student medications stored at school. Arrangements are being made to pick up these medications on a case-by-case basis. Contact your school’s nurse directly through these links: AES, AIS, AMS, AHS. If you cannot contact the nurse, contact the school directly.
Can we still enroll in school if we just moved to Alcoa?
Not at this time. School offices are closed through at least April 14. Please check school and district websites before attempting to visit the school or the district office.
Are you accepting tuition applications during the time that schools are closed?
You can begin the process now. The 2020-21 application is available now here or on the district webpage (click on “Families” in the upper right). Check this FAQ document for further instructions about submitting a non-resident, tuition application.