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Back-to-school: Cheatham, Robertson, Sumner Counties release district updates as the new year gets underway

The Tennessean
The Tennessean
 2022-08-05
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  • First day of school
  • COVID-19 policies
  • Additional school district updates

Do you know what's happening or what might be new in your child's school district as they head back to class for the 2022-2023 academic year?

We do.

As they head back to the classroom, check out these district updates so you can be head of the class in your county.

Cheatham

The bulk of Cheatham County's students, first-ninth grades, attended their first day of school on Aug. 5 with an early dismissal. All grades were scheduled to return to class for their first full day on Aug. 8.

Pre-K and Kindergarten students are set to join the district for their first day on Aug. 12.

The Cheatham County School District will not be releasing any new COVID-19 policies such as quarantine, staff leave, vaccine rates or mask mandates at this time for students and faculty, officials said.

But, there are a few other changes parents should note.

The United States Department of Agriculture, for the last two years, has provided waivers that allow kids to eat free breakfast and lunch in school through the USDA Seamless Summer Option program.

Now that waiver is ending and schools will resume providing meals through the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program.

While breakfast prices will remain the same, there will be a small increase in lunch prices due to increasing food costs - a first for the district in nearly a decade.

The district encourages those who believe their children qualify for free or reduced meals to complete an application online.

Students will also see changes this year to the grading scale as the district aligns with new state legislation that may provide high school students with access to more academic scholarships for college, in and out of state, and puts Tennessee in line with the majority of the country's grading scales of the majority of the country.

Students in grades 3-12 will now utilize a 10-point scale, rather than the previous seven-point scale. The new grading scale can be illustrated as: A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69 and F: 0-59.

Students in grades K-2 will continue to use a standards-based report card.

Robertson

Robertson County students were scheduled to attend their first day of school Aug. 8, with early dismissal.

The district will not be releasing any new COVID-19 policies such as quarantine, staff leave, vaccine rates, mask mandates at this time for students and faculty.

Most of the additional changes will be communicated on a school-by-school basis, during open house events.

"Parents are encouraged to attend. This is where they will receive school specific information," Robertson County Schools Supervisor of Student Services Teresa Leavitt said.

Robertson County schools open house dates can be found on rcstn.net.

Like Cheatham, Robertson County has adopted the new grading scale to align with state standards.

Sumner

Summer County students attended their first full day of school Aug. 1.

The new Liberty Creek High School, Middle School and Elementary School are all open and receiving new students for the first time this school year.

About 700 students are expected to attend the new high school, around 450 students are expected at the middle school and another 525 students are expected at elementary school.

Parents should also note a significant change to their child's meal service.

The USDA waiver that has provided kids with breakfast and lunch at no cost for the last two years is ending and schools will resume providing meals through the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program.

Sumner County Schools will return to charging regularly priced meals for students' breakfast and lunch.

The district encourages those who normally qualify for free or reduced meals to complete an application online or at school during registration.

Regardless of a child's inability to pay, no student will be denied access to a school lunch, according to Sumner County Schools district policy.

Katie Nixon can be reached at knixon@gannett.com or (615) 517-1285.

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