Collierville Schools Families and Employees, COVID Testing Appointments have now been added for the next two weeks for students and employees of Collierville Schools ONLY : We will conduct testing in your vehicle. To schedule an appointment for this week, our clinic will be open Monday - Friday, from the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., please register below. All students and employees who receive testing CANNOT return to school or work until they receive a negative test result. This includes asymptomatic testing. WHERE : Collierville High School Transition Entrance. DIRECTIONS : Follow the way-finding signs to the Transition Entrance. It is the second entrance past the MyTown Movers Fieldhouse and has a metal awning over the entrance. You may pull up to the sidewalk in front of the entrance. ARRIVAL : Call (901) 853-3310 #80063 . DO NOT ENTER THE SCHOOL BUILDING. Our COVID Nurse will arrive at your car with a consent form and conduct a nasal swab. TESTING INFO : The test is a PCR test, which will be sent to the Memphis Branch of American Esoteric Laboratories. Test results will be emailed to patients within 24 - 48 hours , dependent on the amount of tests the lab is processing. *As a reminder, all minors MUST be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. It preferable for students 18 or older to also be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
Governor Lee's Executive Order No. 84 Families and Employees of Collierville Schools — This afternoon, Governor Bill Lee released Executive Order No. 84: An Order Regarding Mask Requirements in Schools. Effective immediately, Collierville Schools' parents/guardians have the choice to opt out of any order or requirement for their child(ren) in kindergarten through twelfth grade to wear a face covering at school, on a school bus, or at school functions. Any parent/guardian who wishes to opt out their child out of the masking mandate issued by the Shelby County Health Department in Amended Health Order No. 24 should submit the notice by either e-mail or handwritten note to their child's first teacher of the school day. Items to consider: Masks are still required to be worn by all Collierville Schools employees during compensated hours (indoors), in accordance with Shelby County Health Department Health Order No. 24. Governor Lee's Executive Order No. 84 only applies to students in grades kindergarten through twelve. All adults visiting a school building are required to wear a mask during school operating hours. Close contacts will now be defined as anyone within a 6-foot radius of a Covid-positive individual. This is a transition from 3 feet to 6 feet due to the mask optional requirement under Executive Order No. 84. The change from 3 feet to 6 feet is a directive from the Shelby County Health Department. Please direct all inquiries to the Department of Student Services .
Health Order No. 24 — Mask Update Families and Staff of Collierville Schools - Earlier today, Collierville Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Lilly and Assistant Superintendent Mr. Jeff Jones participated in a video conference with the leaders of the Shelby County Health Department, along with the Shelby County Attorney. During that conference, it was made clear that the district is obligated to require and enforce universal indoor masking of all students, employees, and visitors, in compliance with Health Order No. 24. Additionally, it was confirmed that the Shelby County Health Department has the authority to close any school determined to be a danger to public health due to the presence of unmasked individuals. Effective immediately, any Collierville Schools student who refuses to wear a mask/face covering at school will be sent home. As a reminder, the only permissible exemption to the mask mandate is an ADA-approved disability. Health Order No. 24 is set to expire on August 31, 2021. Collierville Schools Administrative Team
Return to School Safely COVID-19 Update — Mask Mandate Memo: Mask Requirement for all Employees and Students of Collierville Schools — August 6, 2021 Families and employees of Collierville Schools, as we finalize our preparations for the return to school on Monday, August 9, 2021 — Collierville Schools has made a districtwide update to its Fall 2021 Return to School Safely COVID-19 Guidelines , so that our protocols reflect and align with the most up-to-date Health Directive 24 (addendum), announced by the Shelby County Health Department on Friday, August 6 . Effective Monday, August 9 — all students and employees of Collierville Schools are REQUIRED to wear a mask indoors — regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, Collierville Schools can no longer accept a personal note excluding your child(ren) from the Health Directive 24 mask mandate. ONLY a person with a disability who cannot wear a mask safely because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act is exempt from wearing a mask. It is a requirement of the latest health directive that Collierville Schools receives medical documentation of the disability from a Tennessee licensed medical provider. If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding the updates to the mask mandate or socially distanced guidelines, please contact the Shelby County Health Department at (901) 222-6275 . For continuous updates surrounding our COVID-19 information, FAQs, and data, please visit our COVID-19 Notification Dashboard . Thank you to our parents, caregivers, and staff for your time and consideration. It is our goal to provide a safe and conducive learning space for all students and employees across Collierville Schools. We appreciate your partnership and collegial support as we navigate the new school year. Please continue to stay safe, healthy, and take care of one another. We are Collierville Schools.
It would not be a new school year kick-off event at Collierville Schools without our annual Collierville Education Foundation Teachers’ Luncheon event. Thank you, CEF for sponsoring our teacher luncheon and providing mini grants for the upcoming school year. A special shout out to Landers Ford for a great surprise, Sycamore Elementary School was selected as this year’s $10,000 cash recipient.
Last Thursday, Collierville Schools Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department and Partners In Education (PIE) hosted its second- Workforce Development Open House at Collierville High School. As part of our strategic plan, this event intentionally explored opportunities between our teachers and community organizations, in hopes of future partnerships and to align our curriculum, so that students are prepared to fulfill roles within our local workforce landscape. More details about our CTE programs will continue to be highlighted this school year — stay tuned. #HighDemand #HighWage #CareerReadiness
Be like Amy — become a crossing guard today! Back to school also means back to school traffic. When it comes to keeping students safe and vehicles moving, Crossing Guard Amy Simmons takes to the streets to get the job done. “I applied for the job because there was an immediate need, but now I hope to keep doing it for as long as possible because of the joy it gives me. I truly love this job,” said Amy. She started working at one school in 2017, and now Amy serves at Tara Oaks Elementary, West Collierville Middle, and Collierville High School. Amy first learned about the job in the Tara Oaks PTA newsletter. Initially, she was hesitant to apply because it was something she wasn’t sure she could do. She was a stay-at-home mom but felt an urge to help her community. “When I got hired, I told the police, ‘I don’t know how good I can be at directing traffic, but I can start and end their day with a smile,’” said Amy. To start work in the field, crossing guards first train for a week with the School Resource Officer at their specific school or a Special Citizen Volunteer who has significant experience in traffic safety. The next week, they are observed by the School Resource Officer and then receive “spot checks” for the following two weeks. After a month, trainers and observers meet to discuss the crossing guard’s capabilities to continue further. New crossing guards are continually spot checked throughout the school year. “My officer did not leave my side until I felt comfortable on my own,” said Amy. “They also provide the uniform, raincoats, everything we need to do it safe and comfortably. They even give you an ugly hat you can wear if you want to!” Ugly hats and all, crossing guards are vital members of the Collierville Police Department as well as Collierville Schools. While their main goal is the prevention of a vehicular or pedestrian accident, they also teach children appropriate crosswalk behavior and serve as an extra set of eyes and ears to report any suspicious behavior to the police or school administration. Just as important, they are a dependable, friendly face for students to see every day. “One of my students waited for the light to change a few times before crossing, because she wanted to talk to me and give me a hug. Even the older kids are happy to see you! When I transitioned to the high school, one of my former middle school students was excited to see me at his school again,” said Amy. Amy also shared it’s a great job for moms or retirees looking for fulfilling part-time work. “I’m finished with my shift before some parents get through the car rider line,” said Amy. “You make decent money, and I can still be a stay-at-home mom. I don’t have to worry about childcare because I’m off work when my kids are out of school.” In addition to the attractive work schedule, Amy shares that she has established a rewarding relationship with Collierville Police Officers. Currently there are openings available in the Collierville Police Crossing Guard Unit. If you are interested in learning more and applying for the job, visit: colliervilletn.gov/jobs . Apply Today!
Return To School COVID-19 FAQs Greetings Families of Collierville Schools — Happy Friday to you and your family. We recently published our FAQs, surrounding the return to school COVID-19 protocols and expectations for the 2021-22 school year. Click here to review our FAQs. If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at, firstname.lastname@example.org . We look forward to a fun and safe school year at Collierville Schools. Have a great weekend. Kindly, Collierville Schools Administrative Team
Collierville Virtual Academy Deadline Good morning Families of Collierville Schools, With the recent announcement, of our districtwide COVID-19 guidelines, Collierville Schools will continue its Collierville Virtual Academy Transfer Request process for grades three through twelve , until Tuesday, August 3, at 11:59 p.m. For families interested in the virtual learning model, please note your child(ren) will complete the school year in the Collierville Virtual Academy u ntil May 24, 2022 . To begin the Collierville Virtual Academy enrollment process, please click here and submit your child(ren)'s Transfer Request Form. For families with questions or comments about our virtual learning model, please contact our school's Principal, Mr. Tim Strickland at, email@example.com . We look forward to another great year in Collierville Schools! Kindly, Collierville Schools Administrative Team Collierville Virtual Academy Deadline, August 3
COVID-19 Guidelines Hello Collierville Schools Families and Employees - The start of the 2021-22 school year is only a few days away. Students in grades one through twelve will return for a full day of learning on Monday, August 9. As we continue our preparations for the new year, we want to start by sharing our Fall 2021 Collierville Schools Return to School Safely COVID-19 Guidelines. Masks for unvaccinated students and staff are recommended, but not required, during school operations and on school buses. Social distancing will continue with a minimum of three feet of separation between students in their classroom to the extent possible. Frequent handwashing and good respiratory etiquette will be routinely emphasized. Disinfecting of physical spaces will occur throughout the school day. The district will continue contact tracing in collaboration with the Shelby County Health Department. Anyone presenting with symptoms of illness should stay home and consult with their medical provider. Please click here to visit the district's COVID-19 Notification Dashboard. Enjoy the remainder of the summer break! We are looking forward to a great 2021-22 school year in Collierville Schools! Kindly, Collierville Schools Administrative Team