RuCo School Board Meets to Discuss COVID-19 Situations

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The Rutherford County School Board met to discuss a number of issues concerning the system amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Director of Schools Bill Spurlock says the system's stockpile days will soon run out:



The county is planning to ask for a waiver from the Tennessee Department of Education and if granted, would allow the county's last day of school to be May 27th, as planned. That would mean there would be no additional days of school required, stretching into the summer break.

As for athletic or any other extracurricular activities, those are suspended while school is out due to the coronavirus. The director said if schools are opened back up April 6th, as currently planned, those activities would be allowed to resume. A make up date of April 21st has already been set for junior ACT testing at the area high schools.

Spurlock also addressed before the board classified employee pay:



The motion was unanimously approved. If the state waiver is granted, which is expected, this would not cost the county additional dollars since the school year will end as currently scheduled. This does not include school bus drivers, who are contract employees.

Additionally, mandated testing was discussed:



Crisis situations can be taken into account by the federal government in their decision making on whether or not to require testing.

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