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  • Principal's Notes

    Posted by Jason Scarbrough on 8/13/2020

    IMS Parent Email #1 Week 0

    IMS Parents/Guardians,

    We hope all of you are well.  We know the past few months have been stressful, and there is no doubt the start of school is stressful for each of you as parents too.  I wanted to take a minute to assure you that the faculty and staff at IMS are taking all of the precautions available to ensure everyone’s safety. I encourage each parent to take the time to click on the link below for information and procedures we are taking to keep everyone safe. :https://www.parisssd.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=3839&dataid=9153&FileName=Re-Entry%20Plan%20PSSD%20Board%20Approved.pdf   

    -Sixth grade parents, welcome to IMS.  We are so thankful you have chosen for your child to attend Inman Middle School.  Your child’s time here will go by quickly, and he/she will show remarkable growth.  Welcome to the IMS Family!

    -I have also include the link below so everyone can see our drop-off and pick-up diagram for this year.  There are some changes to last year’s procedures which will help us maintain social distancing and safety.  We will try to have staff in critical areas of the parking lot for the first week to help us find a good flow.  Please be patient for the first few days.  Our pick-ups can be a little rough until everyone figures it out. 

    Link to Drop-off/Pick-up diagram:  https://www.parisssd.org/cms/lib/TN01920488/Centricity/ModuleInstance/3276/PICK%20UP%20MAP%20VERSION%201.pdf

    The following is a schedule for students attending next week.  Please note, the students that are expected to attend next week are students that have NOT chosen to attend the PSSD’s Virtual Academy.  We will have approximately 1/4 of our students at school each day next week to make sure everyone understands the safety procedures in the building and can access on-line learning and classes.

    Monday, August 17th, only the students that ride Bus Numbers 1,4,12, and16 will be attending school for a full day.

    Tuesday, August 18th, only the students that ride bus numbers: 2,10,15,17,and18 will be attending school for a full day.

    Wednesday, August 19th, Students that are car riders and students that walk to school whose last name begins with the letter A thru M will attend school for a full day.

    Thursday, August 20th, Students that are car riders and students that walk to school whose last name begins with N thru Z will attend school for the full day.

    On Friday, August 21st, all students will receive on-line instruction for two weeks.  Before September 8th, the school district will announce the plans to go forward at that time.


    Next, I want to explain the school delivery options we are offering this school year.

    1. Virtual Academy-Students and Parents have to sign up with their intentions for this option. Even if the schools start back in session, students on this option continue to receive on-line instruction. NOTE: Parents who have made previous arrangements for this option and have not picked up supplies from school please drive through tonight between 5PM and 7PM at IMS.


    1. In-Person or On-line instruction based on the direction provided by the school district is the other option. In-Person instruction will happen for everyone that did not sign up for the Virtual Academy, unless, like at this time, all students will be receiving on-line instruction until September 8th due to the current COVID spread rate in the community.

    It is important to note students can switch back and forth to on-line instruction per parent request, and as local, state, and federal officials deem necessary for the entire school year.

    Finally, we want to inform you of some of the steps we are taking to care for your student.

    -All students and teachers will have their temperatures taken upon arrival on campus.

    - Face masks are not required but strongly encouraged and provided if needed.

    -Students and staff will sanitize hands upon entering the school.

    - Desks and other surfaces will be sanitized nightly and between classes.

    -Students will begin the year in homeroom groups and travel with that group throughout the day.

    -Teachers will rotate, and students will remain in the same room for the majority of the day. 

    -Students will eat in the cafeteria while social distancing. 

    -PE will take place in the gym or outside (weather permitting).

    These are only a few of the steps we are taking to maintain a safe learning environment.  I will attempt to send out a weekly email to keep you as a parent or guardian up-to-date on everything going on here at IMS.  Again, I am excited about the year, and I look forward to working with each of you and being a part of your child’s educational journey.

    I know many of you will have questions.  Please feel free to ask me, and we will do our best to address all questions and concerns.


    Jason Scarbrough

    Principal, IMS

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