Wilson County schools will begin classes on Thursday August 5th. The special school district of Lebanon will start school on Monday August 2.
Here is what you need to know about back to school.
Wilson County Schools
The district will have 12 days for cancellations in the event of inclement weather. The schedule also includes:
- Fall holidays – October 11-15.
- Thanksgiving Break – November 22-26.
- Fall semester final exams – December 16-17.
- Winter holidays – December 20-Jan. 3.
- Students are returning for the spring semester – January 4.
- Spring break – March 7-11.
- Spring semester final exams – May 24-25 (May 25 is the last day of school).
Stoner Creek Elementary will begin the school year using part of West Wilson Middle.
The Stoner Creek Elementary and West Wilson Middle buildings, which are close to each other in Mt. Juliet, were heavily damaged by the March 2020 tornado.
Stoner Creek students were housed at Mt. Juliet Middle last school year.
The school board has approved the return of Stoner Creek to campus in temporary classrooms. But temporary classrooms won’t be ready at the start of the school year, and students at Stoner Creek will use a wing at West Wilson Middle that suffered minimal tornado damage.
It’s unclear when the temporary Stoner Creek campus will be ready, but officials are hoping for the earliest possible fall semester.
Mount. Juliet Middle will welcome sixth and seventh grade students from West Wilson Middle and Mt. Juliette colleges.
Eighth grade students from Mt. Juliet Middle will attend Green Hill High. Eighth grade students from West Wilson Middle will attend Mt. Juliette Haute.
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By the numbers
- 19,600 students are enrolled according to the latest figures available, which district officials plan to increase.
- 1,929 new kindergarten to grade 12 students.
- 1309 new families.
- 138 bus drivers, 15 of which are still needed.
- 160 new teachers hired. The district has approximately 1,375 teachers in the district.
Face coverings are optional for students and staff this school year, according to the school board’s most recent action.
Symptom checks will be performed once a week with questions recommended by the Tennessee Department of Health. Temperature checks will be implemented when Wilson County’s seven-day case rate exceeds 25 new cases per 100,000 population.
However, face coverings could be brought up again at Monday’s school board meeting based on recent COVID-19 figures and trends, President Larry Tomlinson said.
School principal Jeff Luttrell informed council in a working session that the district will monitor local, state and federal news.
âWe see the data, we see a trend line that seems to kind of follow last year,â Luttrell told the board.
Block the schedule
High school students will revert to the 4 by 4 block schedule which includes four lessons per day over longer periods, typically around 90 minutes.
Students take four courses in the fall semester and four different courses in the spring semester.
Gladeville Elementary: Rachel Cook has been appointed as the new director, replacing Monica Fox who has retired. Cook is a former teacher at Gladeville Elementary School who was most recently Deputy Principal at West Elementary School.
South side: Chareda Sims is the new principal of Southside School for Kindergarten to Grade 8 students. Sims was previously assistant manager for four years at Mt. Juliette Middle. Sims replaces Carmen Bouldin, who will work as an education coach at West Wilson Middle.
Special school district of Lebanon
Face covers are optional for students and teachers. Precautions include:
- Improved cleaning and disinfection.
- Limit visitors to school business.
- Practice healthy hygiene expectations.
- Isolate sick students and staff.
- Start of school – August 2.
- Fall holidays – October 4 to 15.
- Winter holidays – December 20-31.
- Beginning of the spring semester – January 4.
- Spring break – March 7-11.
- Last day of school – May 26 (shortened day and bulletins issued).
- The district has eight days for inclement weather.
Jones Brummett Elementary School on Hartmann Drive will accommodate approximately 500 to 550 students from Kindergarten to Grade 5. The school is built for a capacity of about 800 people.
Becky Siever is the director. Siever was principal of Byars Dowdy Elementary School.
Jones Brummett Elementary was named in honor of Steve Jones, a member of the board of trustees for over 30 years, and Andy Brummett, former teacher, principal, superintendent and member of the district board of directors. Jones is still on the board.
The school mascot is the Hawks for Gaye Hawks, a teacher and educational supervisor in Lebanon’s Special School District for 32 years combined until 2006.
Castle Heights Elementary: Shelley Armstrong replaces Michael Pigg who attended Cumberland University. Armstrong was the assistant principal at Castle Heights Elementary.
Byars Dowdy Elementary School: Cherrye Robertson replaces Siever. Robertson was most recently principal of Reeves-Rogers Elementary in the Murfreesboro City School System.
Contact Andy Humbles at [email protected] or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @ AndyHumbles.