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Temporary Switch to Distance Learning (Jan 2022)

Greetings TSB Families, Due to the sharp increase in the number of COVID cases among students and staff, TSB will transition to remote learning next week, January 10th through 13th. Teachers will be reaching out to families Monday morning to provide an update and discuss the instructional plan for the week. Virtual parent-teacher conferences are still scheduled for Friday, January 14th. Please reach out to your child’s teacher for more information about conferences. In-person learning will resume after the Martin Luther King holiday on Tuesday, January 18th with residential students busing back to campus on Monday, January 17th.

Get Technology Help During Distance Learning

If you're having difficulties with school laptops or iPads while distance learning is in effect, fill out our Student Tech Issues Form and one of our technology teachers will reach out to help.

Introducing the 2021 Tennessee Regional Braille Challenge

The Braille Challenge®, a national program of Braille Institute, is a two-stage academic contest, sponsored by Braille Institute, designed to motivate school-age braille readers to excel in this vital medium. Hundreds of students will participate in over 40 regionals which will be held in at least 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces.

Thanks for Your Help During a Challenging Year

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Greetings TSB Families,
 
It is hard to believe we have come to the end of another school year.  It is safe to say that the 2020-2021 school year will go down in the history books like no other.  Schooling in the age of COVID has been a challenge but working together, we provided great opportunities for our students.  This year was truly a collaborative effort between school and home.  I am so proud of the way that everyone stepped up to ensure our students received a quality education. 
 
First, I wanted to thank all of our families.  Having to transition between in-person and remote learning was difficult and many times hard to plan for.  I was blown away by how resilient everyone has been and the flexibility you all showed during these transitions.  Keeping our students, families, and staff safe remained a top priority.  This forced us to make some difficult decisions but through it all, you remained steadfast in your commitment to your children.  It was a heavy lift for sure, but you never let your children or our school down.  I will forever be grateful for the support our families have shown the school over this past year.  
 
Our staff has truly stepped up this year and gone up and beyond to serve our students.  Across the entire campus, all departments have worked to ensure we could safely operate the school.  Teachers, educational assistants, youth service workers, and all of those that serve students directly have had to figure out how to navigate online learning and interactions.  The school’s tech team put in long hours to ensure students had the devices they needed to learn remotely.  Our school leaders and clinic staff have had to double as contact tracers.  Our custodial staff has had to work double-time to keep our school clean and sanitized.  The school’s security team doubled as medical screeners for staff and visitors.  The maintenance team maximized the time students were away from campus to knock out a ton of projects.  Although we never figured out how to do distance lunches, the dietary staff used the time to deep clean and prepare for when students would be at school.  No matter if we were remote or on campus, our entire staff made stepped up to make sure students had what they needed. 
Finally, I wanted to thank the school’s leadership team.  Planning for this school year was daunting to say the least.  None of us were trained to lead school during a pandemic.  Each member showed tremendous poise and grace during some very stressful times.  No matter how difficult things were, the team never lost sight of ensuring students and families were cared for. 
 
As we transition to the summer break, I hope everyone gets some much-needed and well-deserved rest.  We are looking forward to welcoming all of our students back to campus in August.  As you travel, please stay safe and healthy.   I still urge all that are eligible to become vaccinated and it is never a bad idea to practice good virus hygiene (social distancing, washing your hands, and masks).  
 
Have a great summer TSB!
 
David Martin, Director of Schools