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Lincoln County Schools

Press Release - April 21, 2020



COVID 19 Update

Lincoln County Schools

April 21, 2020


Today’s update- The update for today includes the actions taken by the Lincoln Coounty Board of Education at the April Board Meeting last evening.  There are three items to note.


ITEM #1- The Board approved an Emergency Resolution to suspend policies as dictated in Public Chapter 652 (law) signed by Governor Lee on April 2nd and the rules and policies revised by the Tennessee State Board of Education on April 9th.  These policy revisions include the following:

  1. Policy 4.600 – Grading System
    1. Students taking courses for high school credit shall receive no grade lower than the grade they earned in the course as of March 20, 2020. Additionally, Students taking post-secondary courses are not required to participate in the associated exam in order to receive GPA weighting for Spring 2020. 
  1. Policy 4.605 – Graduation Requirements
    1. For the class of 2020, graduation requirements are modified as follows:
    2. Only 20 credits are required to graduate per State Board Education Rule 0520-01-03-.11;
    3. The requirements for the following are waived:
      1. ACT/SAT
      2. Civics exam
      3. EOC exams 
    4. Students scheduled to receive an occupational diploma in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year shall only be required to demonstrate one year of work experience.
  1. Policy 4.700 – Testing Program
    1. Students shall not be required to take TCAP exams for the spring 2020 semester.
  2. Policy 5.109 – Evaluation
    1. Level of overall effectiveness scores shall not be generated for educators in the 2019-2020 school year. 
    2. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers shall not be evaluated using the growth portfolio model for the 2019-2020 school year.
    3. Any observations required by State Board of Education Policy 5.201 that were not completed during the 2019-2020 school year as a result of COVID-19 are not required.
    4. No student data from this year shall be allowed to negatively impact a teacher.
  3. Policy 5.802 – Qualifications and Duties of the Director of Schools
    1. The Director of Schools may request an extension from the State Board of Education to report information that would impact educator licensure (e.g. alleged employee misconduct, discipline of employees for actions that violate the teacher code of ethics, etc.).
  1. Policy 6.200 – Attendance
    1. Students may not be penalized for non-attendance of online courses. 
    2. Non-attendance of online courses shall not count as unexcused absences and shall not be recorded. Further, students shall not be counted truant for failure to attend online courses


ITEM #2- The Board approved a more specific policy regarding grading for the Spring Semester.  In addition to the March 20 grade being the grade for high school students, the Board voted to allow students with a failing grade as of March 20 to raise their grades by completing assignments.  The grade can only be raised to a score of 70, which is consistent with our current credit recovery procedures at the high school level.


ITEM #3- The Board approved the following recommendation regarding pay and benefits: "we authorize the payment of regular wages to employees for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year with payments being made at the regularly scheduled times."