Tennessee School for the Blind strives to provide free, appropriate, and individualized educational services to eligible students in a safe environment that will promote independence and a positive self-image, as well as provide information and technical assistance to families, schools, and agencies serving all Tennessee children who are visually challenged.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the guidance issued by Governor Lee, TSB will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Further information can be found by clicking the read full story and clicking on the TSB COVID-19 School Closure Letter April 16 2020 document.
Today marks what should have been the last day of school. This morning, we should have been able to see our graduates walk across the stage to receive their hard-earned diplomas. Students should have been saying goodbye to their friends for the summer. We should have been loading up the buses and the staff gathering to send students off. TSB alumni should have been filling the halls and preparing for a great weekend of reconnecting and reminiscing. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our school year was cut short and we missed out on many fantastic experiences and memories. However, this school year has taught us much about how we can come together to help each other. We have learned that working together, we can overcome tremendous obstacles. This has taught us that sometimes we have to make sacrifices for the greater good of our community. I am so proud of the way that the TSB family has come together and rallied around one another during these trying times. Our teachers have had to think outside of the box to deliver learning opportunities for students. Parents have had to step in and be more involved than ever in their student’s education. I firmly believe that this experience has brought us all closer together and made us more focused on ensuring our students get what they need to be successful in life.
Over the next several weeks, the TSB leadership team will be working diligently to plan for our return to school in August. We will be working to ensure that our students and staff can return to a safe environment. This may require rethinking the way we handle certain situations and school may look somewhat different when we return. Rest assured that TSB is committed to ensuring our students receive the best educational opportunities possible and that everyone is committed to serving our families. As plans are being made, those will be communicated through our normal channels. You can keep updated by following our Facebook and Twitter accounts, visiting the school’s new upgraded website, and watching out for emails and phone calls.
Currently, classes are scheduled to resume on August 3rd and the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 is set for August 14th.I hope that you enjoy your summer break. Please stay safe and healthy. If you need anything from the school, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here to serve our families.
Best wishes, David Martin, Ed.D. Director of Schools