INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS

UPDATE MAY 5, 2020

To: Hardin County School Parents, Students, & Teachers

Due to the restrictions placed on large groups because of the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty of when those restrictions might be lifted, the decision has been made to cancel all summer school sessions in all Hardin County Schools for the summer of 2020.

UPDATE APRIL 24, 2020

To: Hardin County School Parents, Students, & Teachers

UPDATE ON GRADUATION & OTHER HCHS EVENTS

I certainly hope this update finds you and your family doing well. Yesterday, Governor Bill Lee held a press conference and shared important information to everyone for school systems to consider as we continue to plan our graduation and the other events that celebrate and honor our Seniors. One of the main points in his update was to consult with your local Health Officials for their guidance and recommendation on the health and safety of hosting these events. After consulting with our local Health Officials, the decision has been made to announce today that our graduation ceremony will now be held on Friday, June 19, beginning at 7:30pm at Jim Carroll Stadium at HCHS. (If weather were to cause us to have to cancel, we would have on Saturday at the same time. If weather still happened to be an issue, we would plan to have that Sunday afternoon beginning at 2pm). With our state just now beginning to release certain restrictions, we felt it best for the health and safety of everyone, to go with our June date.

This now being the case, please note the following important information:

  • For the June 19 graduation date, there still could have to be some specific guidelines we have to establish to host this event if the social distancing recommendations are still in place. Examples of this could be that we may have to limit the number of guests, provide specifics on entering the stadium, use of restrooms, etc. If this be the case, this information would share with everyone on or before June 5.
  • For Baccalaureate, this will be held on Thursday, June 18, beginning at 7:30pm. (Just like our graduation ceremony, there could be specific guidelines we have to establish in order to host this but we would share them as well with everyone on or before June 5).
  • For now, we have no choice but to cancel the prom. Because of the social distancing recommendations, we will not be able to share a rescheduled date at this point.

We certainly appreciate your continued support and please know that when decisions have to be made in times like these, my hope is we always make the best and safest decision for our children. Please continue to stay safe and always be mindful of the continued recommendations for your health and safety.

Thank you,

Michael Davis,

Director of Schools, Hardin County School District

UPDATE APRIL 16, 2020

To: Hardin County School Parents, Students, & Teachers

UPDATE ON SCHOOL CLOSURE & ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As many of you know by now, Governor Bill Lee announced yesterday afternoon in his press conference that he is now recommending all schools in Tennessee to close for the remainder of this school year. As we have done in the past and will continue to do, we will certainly follow the Governor’s recommendation and therefor close all Hardin County Schools for the remainder of this school year. This decision truly saddens me and I know so many teachers and staff within our school system because we truly miss our students. I understand the importance of these decisions and the impact school closure has on our families but in this case we have no choice.

Because of this decision, there are several important items of information I would like to share with everyone:

  • Hardin County School System’s School Board, Director, Central Office Staff, Administrators, Teachers, & Staff truly miss and care about each of our students!
  • Hardin County School System will continue our current meal program through May 22. We will continue to distribute the meals on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays beginning at 11am each day at all 11 designated sites. We encourage all children 18 years old or younger to please continue taking advantage of this great offer.
  • We encourage our students to continue to devote some of their time each weekday to reading and doing some additional academic work. Reminder we have listed many great educational resources on our District website (hardincoschools.com).  These optional learning resources and activities can support students’ efforts to retain and grow. Keep in mind, these resources and activities are not required, and there will be no grades or tests given the remainder of this school year.
  • Our Principals and Central Office Staff are meeting today to discuss additional ways to provide support over the following weeks and parents/students should be hearing directly from their school with more information in the coming days.
  • For our Seniors, we continue to keep all of you in our prayers and know how special each of you are to all of us. I know this is in no way how you wanted your final school year to end but I assure each of you that you will overcome this and all do great things! Your graduation is still on for now on May 22 and if we were to have to cancel, we already have a “back-up” date set for June 19.

I will continue to provide updates as needed but know that you are always welcome to contact me or your child’s Principal anytime with questions or concerns. I assure you we will get through this and the Hardin County School System’s staff is already working to ensure that their instructional preparation for the 2020-2021 school year will provide the best learning opportunities for all of our students.

Thank you,

Michael Davis,

Director of Schools, Hardin County School District

UPDATE APRIL 10, 2020

To: Hardin County School Parents, Students, & Teachers

UPDATE WITH SCHOOL INFORMATION DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

Let me begin by saying hello to all and happy Easter. From all of us within the school system, we want our students to know how much we miss you and hope you and your families are doing well. Our meal program is going well and according to our growing numbers, many of you are taking advantage of this program and we are excited for that. We appreciate the many kind comments being shared about this program and know that the overall wellbeing of each child is truly important to us and always will be.

I wanted to provide some important school updates to everyone as I know there will be many questions that both parents and students have as the school year comes to a close. The updates I will provide will be in two different groups: High School & Elementary/Middle School updates.

Hardin County High School Update

The State Board of Education met yesterday and unanimously passed emergency rules that address multiple COVID-19 obstacles for high school students and especially graduating seniors. For students in the 12th grade in this school year, a few of the rule changes are: earn a minimum of 20 credits, no EOC spring exams, and no civics test is required. To read the full report from the State Board of education, please visit their website at www.tn.gov/sbe.html

This morning a meeting was held at the high school and members of the Central Office staff, the school’s Administration, and the school’s Guidance Counselors met to discuss these rule changes from the State Board. As a result of our meeting, school staff will be contacting all seniors by phone in the near future to share our updates and answer any questions they may have. Mr. McAdams will be meeting with each academic department on Wednesday of next week and then contact would be made by phone in the near future with any freshman, sophomore, or junior that might need additional assignments to complete in order to pass a particular class. Keep in mind, schools in Hardin County were cancelled on March 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and at that point we had only been in our 4th quarter classes for three days. This being the case, there will be no grades recorded for any 4th quarter classes if school does not resume this school year. We did however complete three, nine week grading periods, and those grades will be the final grades if schools were not to resume this year. For further questions on any of this, please contact Mr. McAdams at the high school at 925-3976.

Elementary & Middle School Update

On Tuesday of next week, the Central Office staff will be meeting with our Elementary & Middle School Administrators to finalize individual student/school academic plans. I will be sharing an additional update like this one next Wednesday with specifics from our meeting that are specifically for elementary & middle school students and their parents.

In closing, I continue to encourage each of our students to dedicate some of your day to reading and doing some school work. Please continue to stay safe and be assured that our school system will have a good plan in place to help everyone once we return. We truly miss you and hope to see all of you soon!

Thank you,

Michael Davis,

Director of Schools, Hardin County School District

UPDATE APRIL 4, 2020

2 Important Updates have been Posted.  Please click links below:

Information Regarding Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony

TDOE Releases Schedule and Resources for Video Lessons 
Begins April 6th

UPDATE APRIL 1, 2020

To: Hardin County School Parents, Students, & Teachers

UPDATE WITH SCHOOL INFORMATION DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE

First and foremost, I hope each of you are doing well and continuing to follow all the State and Health Official’s recommendations during these uncertain times. The safety and wellbeing of our children and the entire community continues to be one of the school system’s main priorities. With that being said, I encourage everyone to please continue to take advantage of the free meals that are being provided to any child 18 years old or younger on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays beginning at 11am at the 11 designated sites we are currently using. (For a list of those sites, please visit our website at www.hardincoschools.com or call 925-3943).

The Hardin County School System continues to be closed through April 24 per the recommendation of Governor Bill Lee. On March 19, the Tennessee General Assembly voted to waive the 180 attendance requirement for all Tennessee schools, meaning that no missed days will have to be made-up, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of these uncertain times and the hardships that all families are facing, I wanted each of you to know now that no attendance or grades will be taken during this time of school closure. I do want to stress the importance of making sure there is some time being dedicated each day for academics while schools are closed. To help with this, our school system will be providing some suggested online educational resources very soon on our District website. Please keep in mind that these are only a suggestion and not required. As for the work that was assigned prior to our closure, it would be my suggestion for our students to continue to work on that if not completed for their own academic gain but no grades will be given for that work. Without the day to day student-teacher interaction we normally have, it would not be fair to our students, teachers, and families to hold anyone accountable at this time for graded assignments.

I want to assure all parents and students that we share the same concern that many of you have over the amount of academic time our students have lost and continue to lose with schools being closed. The Hardin County School Board, Central Office Staff, Administrators, teachers, and staff of the Hardin County School System are extremely dedicated and I assure you we will overcome this. By all working together – our students, parents, and teachers – we will always ensure the very best for every child.

Michael Davis,

Director of Schools, Hardin County School District

ONLINE EDUCATION RESOURCES

UPDATE MARCH 27, 2020:

To: Hardin County Community

I wanted to share some exciting news today! 972 kids were fed for the weekend! Huge thanks to Cheryl Cochran, Kristen Tomlinson, members of the Cafeteria staff that have prepared meals, members of the maintenance staff that have delivered the meals, and other staff that have helped distribute the meals. Starting Monday, Durham bus drivers will take over delivering the meals to all nine sites in the county, and they will be distributing the meals as well.  

Because of the current volume of the food, we feel it best to continue using the site locations to distribute rather than home deliveries. Because of staffing and volume of meals, we will continue to use our site locations.  

Michael Davis,

Director of Schools, Hardin County School District

UPDATE MARCH 24, 2020:

To: Hardin County Community

I wanted to take this opportunity to provide everyone with an update on school closure for Hardin County Schools. As all of you know, it was our plan to hopefully reopen all schools on April 6 but this afternoon Governor Bill Lee has recommended for all schools in Tennessee to remain closed through April 24 due the continued concerns of the COVID-19 virus.

This being the recommendation, all schools in Hardin County will remain closed through April 24. We will continue to provide meals for our children throughout this time like we have done recently and for now continue to distribute at the 11 designated sites on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning at 11am each of those days.

In the very near future, we will be providing some online educational resources that parents and students could use during this time while school is closed.

It is my hope that all of you are making the best out of our Spring Break week and continue to stay safe during this unprecedented time. Reminder that if you have any school questions, feel free to always call me at the Central Office at 925-3943 between the hours of 8am-4pm.  

Michael Davis,

Director of Schools, Hardin County School District

UPDATE MARCH 20, 2020:

To: Hardin County School Students, Parents, Teachers, & Staff

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with everyone a few updates and well wishes. I know for everyone, it has been a very challenging and difficult week in many ways. Now that we have learned that our County has been notified that we do have a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus, we must not panic but be sure to continue to follow all the recommended suggestions provided by our health professionals. If you were to have specific questions, anyone may call the Tennessee Department of Health information line at 877-857-2945.

As many of you know, next week is our school system’s designated spring break week. It is my hope that all of our students and parents will find time to enjoy family time together but continue to be mindful of the necessary precautions to take if traveling or around others. Even though this time for us is different than ever before, I hope you will make the most of it with your family and do things that bring all of you much joy and happiness. Even though one of the school system’s main priorities is to prepare our children for postsecondary or the workforce, we must first let them know how much we truly care about them.

I am excited to announce that we have just been advised that we can now provide meals for our children on the weekends as well as the weekdays. These meals are for anyone 18 years old or younger and you do not have to be a student in our school system.  

Now for each week, our new schedule for food distribution will be every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – beginning at 11am each day – at all 11 sites (same 11 sites as last week). Keep in mind, you can go to any of the 11 sites to pick-up your meals. On Mondays and Wednesdays, each child will be provided 2 days of meals and on Fridays we will provide 3 days of meals. Reminder the meals are a “grab-n-go” and the child receiving the meals must be present. For a list of the 11 sites, please go to our District website at www.hardincoschools.com or call the Central Office between 8am – 4pm at 925-3943.

Michael Davis,

Director of Schools, Hardin County School District

OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM MICHAEL DAVIS 3-20-2020

UPDATE MARCH 18, 2020:

We would like to take this opportunity to share with everyone our new plan for the Hardin County School’s food distribution that we are offering to anyone 18 years or younger while school is cancelled.  We are very excited to announce to everyone that due to news we received today, we will now be able to provide both breakfast and lunch to each child.  These will still be “grab-n-go” meals and the child receiving the meals must be in the car to receive.

In order to help keep parents from having to come to the distribution sites each weekday, we have now been approved to provide several days of meals to each child in one visit.  This being the case, please see the following revised schedule with the dates that we will be at the 11 sites for food distribution (note that each day starts at 11am):

  • Thursday, March 19th at 11am (all 11 sites) — meals for 2 days
  • Monday, March 23rd at 11am (all 11 sites) — meals for 2 days
  • Wednesday, March 25th at 11am (all 11 sites) — meals for 3 days
  • Monday, March 30th at 11am (all 11 sites) — meals for 2 days
  • Wednesday, April 1st at 11am (all 11 sites) — meals for 3 days

Reminder that the 11 sites are:

Whites Community Center
110 School Drive
Savannah, TN 38372

Walnut Grove Community Center
4355 Highway 69 South
Savannah, TN 38372

Olive Hill Fire Hall
139 School Lane
Olive Hill, TN 38475

Pickwick Southside School
1970 Highway 57
Counce, TN 38326

Shiloh (old Ed Shaw’s Restaurant at intersection of HWY 142/22)
905 Highway 142
Shiloh, TN 38376

Crump City Hall
3020 Highway 64
Crump, TN 38327

Morris Chapel Fire Hall
380 North Fork Road
Morris Chapel, TN 38361

Saltillo Community Center
47715 Highway 69
Saltillo, TN 38370

Cerro Gordo Community Center
255 Smokey Road
Savannah, TN 38372

Northside Elementary School
1450 East Main Street
Savannah, TN 38372

Parris South Elementary School
169 Lacefield Drive
Savannah, TN 38372

Note: Schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6th.

Any questions, please feel free to call the Central Office at (731) 925-3943.

UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020:

All Hardin County Schools will be closed March 17th – April 3rd due to the recommendation of Governor Bill Lee due to the continued concerns of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Our plans now are to reopen on Monday, April 6th. 

Hardin County Schools will be providing lunch to anyone 18 years old or younger, beginning this Wednesday, at nine locations throughout our county and two locations within the city.  We will provide lunches each weekday through April 3rd and children receiving a lunch must be present to receive due to Federal guidelines.  Representatives from the school system will arrive at each location on each day at 11:00am and remain there until all food is gone and/or Noon.  This lunch is a “grab & go” style lunch and must be taken off the site and eaten elsewhere. 

The locations where the lunches will be each weekday at 11:00am in the county will be (each will be in the parking lot):

  • Whites Community Center
  • Walnut Grove Community Center
  • Olive Hill Fire Hall
  • Pickwick Southside School
  • Shiloh – old Ed Shaw’s Restaurant (intersection of HWY 142/HWY 22)
  • Crump City Hall
  • Morris Chapel Fire Hall
  • Saltillo Community Center
  • Cerro Gordo Community Center

The locations where the lunches will be each weekday at 11:00am in the city will be (each will be in front of school entrance):

  • Northside Elementary
  • Parris South Elementary

If you have any questions, please contact the Hardin County Board of Education at (731) 925-3943.

UPDATE 3/13/2020: 

Good Afternoon,

On Friday, March 13th at 2pm, I, along with all other School Directors across the State of Tennessee, participated in a conference call with the Commissioner of Education, Penny Schwinn and Dr. Fiscus, with the Tennessee Department of Health concerning the Coronavirus. First, let me share with you the update Dr. Fiscus shared.  As of 2pm this afternoon, there was a total of 26 confirmed cases in our state with 19 of them being in Davidson and Williamson counties. There are a total of 8 counties in our state that currently have confirmed cases, and Hardin County is not one of the 8.

Also, according to Dr. Fiscus, there are no children to her knowledge to date with a confirmed case. For the latest updates on this, they advised that the public can access the website of tn.gov/health and click on the orange banner across the top for updates. This site is updated each day at 2pm and provides the specific counties that have confirmed cases and how many in these counties.

At this time, there is no immediate concern for schools in Hardin County to be closed, but I do assure everyone that we are monitoring this situation very closely and will continue to provide updates as we know them. I understand your concerns and the safety of all our children will always be our number one priority.

Thank you and continue to keep our community and country in your prayers.

Michael Davis,

Director of Schools, Hardin County School District

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Locations of Food Distribution in the City/County

Whites Community Center

110 School Drive
Savannah, TN 38372

Walnut Grove Community Center

4355 Highway 69 South
Savannah, TN 38372

Olive Hill Fire Hall

139 School Lane
Olive Hill, TN 38475

Pickwick Southside School

1970 Highway 57
Counce, TN 38326

Shiloh (old Ed Shaw’s Restaurant at intersection of Hwy 142/22)

905 Highway 142
Shiloh, TN 38376

Crump City Hall

3020 Highway 64
Crump, TN 38327

Morris Chapel Fire Hall

380 North Fork Road
Morris Chapel, TN 38361

Saltillo Community Center

47715 Highway 69
Saltillo, TN 38370

Cerro Gordo Community Center

255 Smokey Road
Savannah, TN 38372

Northside Elementary School

1450 East Main Street
Savannah, TN 38372

Parris South Elementary School

169 Lacefield Drive
Savannah, TN 38372