I would like to welcome you all back to Collierville High School for the 2021-2022 school year. I am certain many of you have hopes, dreams, goals, and even questions for this school year as we are still being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although last year had its challenges which included attending school on a hybrid schedule, closing school due to a rise in COVID cases, and teaching students both in-person and virtually simultaneously, we also enjoyed many successes. Some of those successes include transitioning to four-day in-person instruction, students earning certifications through our CTE programs, and successfully conducting an in-person graduation for over 700 graduates and their families. I am certain that we all envisioned a return to “normalcy” this school year; however, the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the new Delta variant along with various health directives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) will undoubtedly impact us all at some point this school year. Please know we are fully committed to keeping our teachers and students safe. Please go to the Collierville Schools website and access the COVID-19 FAQs School Year 2021-22 to find out more information about our district protocol and procedures in response to COVID-19.
Please know we will have free on-site COVID testing for any student should a parent want his/her child tested. All tests will be conducted by our LPN/COVID Nurse, Ms. Lapham. She will be using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. You may find out more information about the PCR test by going to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website. You may also find additional information about isolation and quarantine guidelines that Collierville Schools will be following by going to the TN Department of Health Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines.
I would also like for parents to know that all teachers will be updating Schoology at least once a week to ensure students and parents know the agenda each week. Teachers will offer students additional instructions specific to each course throughout the first week as to how they intend to use Schoology. Students will also receive instructions addressing what they should do in the event they are absent from class in the interest of not getting behind. Please feel free to email your child’s teacher should you have any questions. Lastly, it is important that all parents and students be made aware of the new Collierville Schools grading policy (Policy 4.600) which was adopted on July 27, 2021. The policy now reflects a 10-point grading scale.
In closing, it is my hope that every student will find a sense of connection, belonging, and fulfillment this school year. There is absolutely no way of knowing what this school year will bring due to so much uncertainty as it pertains to the impact of COVID-19; however, I am certain the Collierville High School faculty and staff are looking forward to having our students return to five-day instruction. We feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such impressionable young minds, and we are determined to have a successful school year filled with many milestones, achievements, and memories.