Issue 31 | March 22, 2020
This weekly newsletter is the place for Forest Hill Elementary Foxes to stay up-to-date on all the news and events happening at our wonderful school!

Forest Hill Happenings
School CLOSED until March 31st (possiby longer)
Cancellations:
During this unprecedented time, we will be cancelling all upcoming FHES PTO events including Family Fox Fest, Fathers of Forest Hill Night Out, and Spirit Nights. We will keep you updated with any new information including the status of the Fox Fest tshirts. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Information
GMSD COVID-19 Update
GMSD Families,

Germantown Municipal School District is committed to keeping you informed about rapidly evolving events taking place this week. Our top priority is the safety and health of our students and staff. Below, we’ve compiled a brief overview:
  • On Friday, March 13th, Germantown Municipal School District made a joint decision with the six surrounding municipalities to close from March 23rd-March 27th.
  • Tennessee Governor Bill Lee made a statement on Monday, March 16th urging every school district in Tennessee to close and remain closed until March 31st to further prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
  • GMSD will follow that recommendation, however, we do believe it’s likely the closure will last even longer, and we want you to be aware of that possibility.
  • In response, TDOE has applied for waivers with both the Tennessee Legislature and the Federal Government to mitigate concerns about nutrition, assessments, and accountability waivers.
  • On March 18th, the TN Education subcommittee met and began work on HB2818-SB2672 Education Waivers Related to COVID-19. Under the bill, the following things would be waived:TNReady testing
  • Teacher evaluation growth scores based on 2019-2020 assessments (including portfolios)
  • 180 instructional day requirement
  • BEP-related attendance requirements
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Read a full summary of HB2818-SB2672 Education Waivers Related to COVID-19 here.
 
GMSD is developing parent resources  
The district does not know when and if the district will move to distance learning based on TDOE guidance. However, the district office is developing plans to distribute multiple standards-based resources as well other resources for parents to continue learning opportunities. 
 
More than 75% of our standards have been taught and learned. Our staff will be compiling master lists of standards that have not yet been covered.   
 
All of these resources will be available on our website over the course of the next two weeks. Teachers may be reaching out to students and/or parents to say hello.
In an effort to create a uniform learning management platform for grades K-12, the district has expanded Schoology to be available at the elementary school level. Google Hangouts for all students will be utilized by our staff. Virtual training sessions will be provided to parents beginning the week of March 23rd. 
 
Student Meals During GMSD Closure
While GMSD schools are closed, all students may obtain meals from several Shelby County Schools' and other locations, beginning March 23. A listing of meal distribution sites can be found at the following link:  http://www.scsk12.org/coronavirusfacts/studentmeals  
SCS meal distribution sites will be open between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Information about local food pantries is also provided on this website.  Meals will be served to all students age 18 and under. The student must be present to receive a meal.
Limited District Office Hours
Upon guidance by the CDC, the District office has limited its office hours from 10 am-2 pm. Our staff is working from home and actively checking email. Our telephone numbers are redirecting to our home offices. Find GMSD contact information .
We know you may have additional questions regarding school closures. Please send any additional questions you may have to  parentCOVIDquestions@gmsdk12.org . We will compile a list of frequently asked questions and post them on our
As things continue to change quickly, we will continue to provide updates.
URGENT Need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Due to the spread of COVID-19, medical-appropriate PPE is in very short supply. Many healthcare workers are working without protection, or they are working with less than adequate items. The Memphis Medical Society is the professional organization representing the physicians of Memphis and Shelby County and their patients and is in URGENT need of personal protective equipment (PPE) for our area healthcare workers.

They specifically need:
  • N95 (or higher) masks
  • Any protective eye equipment

But are also collecting for:
  • Gloves
  • Face shields
  • Disposable gowns
  • Hair covers
  • Shoe covers

Are you in an industry that uses PPE? Could you donate them to healthcare workers facing the COVID-19 outbreak? Welding? Auto body shops? Home builders?

If so, please click below:

Note from FHES PTO President
Dear Fox Family,

What an incomprehensible and overwhelming time! Most of us are worried about trying to balance work, children, and school as well as being concerned about our health and our finances. GMSD staff is working hard to make an education plan for all of the children. Please read emails from GMSD and The Foxes' Den for information each week.

I've heard many wonderful stories of FHES families safely serving each other. If you would like the PTO to post a story on our Facebook page, please send pictures and messages to FHEScommunications@googlegroups.com  We also hope to feature a "For Your Encouragement" section in our weekly newsletter and would love to hear from you!

We love our Fox Family!

Kari Armstrong
FHES PTO president
Talking with Your Kids About Coronavirus
GMSD Transfer Approvals and Denials
The GMSD Office of Student Services issued Approval Letters for any new transfer requests for the 2020-2021 school year via email by last Friday, March 20. Please check spam and junk folders in your email. Denial Letters will be sent via postal mail no later than March 27, 2020. Please reach out to Kathy.dudley@gmsdk12.org with any questions.

These communications were only for new transfers and not for any of our existing FHES students who are currently on transfer and not in an exit year.
Need More Information?
For any questions regarding GMSD and COVID-19, please visit GMSD's Coronavirus Info and FAQs pages . Still have questions, email parentCOVIDquestions@gmsdk12.org.