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Hello Tuscola Families! 


I cannot tell you how excited we are to have our “A” week students back at school this coming Monday, and our “B” week students starting October 5th.   Information about bus routes and student assignments to either “A” week or “B” week will be available on the website by Friday.  As a general rule, students with last names A-K will be “A week” students, students with the last name “L-Z” will be “B week students.  We are making some adjustments to keep students who live in the same household on the same weekly schedule, and to ensure that our classes are balanced to support 6 ft of space between students in classrooms.  


All students are keeping their same schedules with their same teachers. Remote students, and “off week” students will need to log in to Google Classroom at their assigned class times, every day. Face to Face students must be in their first block classrooms at 8:00. We are asking that students not be dropped off prior to 7:25am. We will open one entrance to each building where we will start mask and temperature checks at 7:30 am. Please remember that face to face students must have a mask on at all times while on campus, and must have their temperature taken before entering the building.  Teachers will give brief mask breaks during class, and of course students will be able to remove masks when eating breakfast and or lunch in designated areas. 


For remote students, please understand that the learning experience will be different for them but they will get the same direct instruction and have the same or similar assignments as face to face students through Google Classroom.  Students who are in school on “B” week will do the same thing as remote students on Monday.  In other words, classes will be “simulcast” for remote and off week students where they will participate. Attendance will be counted based upon their logging in and completing assignments. 


Students will also need to bring their chromebooks or their own devices already charged to class with them.  They will be used in face to face as well as remote learning.  


In talking with many of our teachers, I am concerned about the number of students who are not completing assignments, and therefore are failing classes.  We are about one week from progress report time, and I encourage you to check your child’s Power School account and work with teachers now to ensure that students are doing what they need to do to be successful. Grades and attendance depend on student involvement and performance.  Covid 19 has not changed this. 


We recognize how much Covid 19 has changed learning for students, parents and teachers. Though it is not ideal for any of us, we are working our hardest to make sure that your child continues to learn and grow as safely as possible. We ask that you continue to be patient with us as we work through the kinks of these first few weeks with many of our students returning to campus. We are excited about this next phase in our changing school year.   I will call again on Sunday evening with further details about procedures for Monday. 


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  • Tuscola High School
  • Heather Blackmon, Principal
  • 564 Tuscola School Road, Waynesville, NC 28786
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