Carter County Schools Learning Options

Last Updated: 8/25/2020 6:30 PM

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Carter County Schools can offer your student 3 options for the 2020/2021 school year. 

Option 1- On-campus. This option is for the family who wants the student at school as many days as possible. This could be 1 day per week if we are at 25% capacity, 2 days per week if we are 50% capacity, or 5 days per week when we go back 100% of those who choose brick and mortar schooling. Also, when we finally go back to 100% at school, the students will be receiving breakfast and lunch at school every day. 

Option 2- Carter County Online Academy. This option is for families who do not want their children on campus at all. When a family chooses this option, the family is acknowledging that they have internet service. The district can help provide a device, but the district does not provide printers and other technology that is needed for fully online education. The student is a Carter County Online Academy student. The students have lots of flexibility when they turn in assignments and such as that. This may be a good option for the elementary student who has parents who can come home after work and assist the student with their course work, or high school students who are tech-savvy and do not want to be on campus to possibly be exposed to Covid-19. Families who choose this option will have to come to a school and pick up breakfast and lunch. The only day that a bus can deliver food is on days where the entire county is doing full virtual learning and buses are not transporting students to school. 

Option 3- Remote Learning while being a student at the child’s school. For example, you want your child to be enrolled at Valley Forge Elementary. You are also concerned about Covid-19 and want your child to be at home. In this example, the child can be enrolled in Valley Forge elementary and login at certain times to view the lesson. It is very important to note that it is the parent’s responsibility to complete the school work in a timely manner. It is advised that this option is for families where the student can log in to the classroom remotely at certain times to view lessons or complete tasks. Carter County schools will try to record most classes so the student can watch later in the day, but this is no guarantee. This option may be a good fit for a family who has a device to get on the internet but does not have a printer and other technology. The school can provide paper copies of worksheets and items needed for learning. Families who choose this option will have to come to a school and pick up breakfast and lunch. The only day that a bus can deliver food is on days where the entire county is doing full virtual learning and buses are not transporting students to school.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Unaka High School at 423-474-4100.  You are welcome to schedule an appointment to discuss the best options for your family if needed.