Jessie Stone & Contributing Writer Hannah McLeod, Smoky Mountain News

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Jackson County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Angie Dills said the district is responding to the new state guidance by helping teachers connect with students in ways that are most appropriate for each student’s situation.

“Our biggest challenge is providing instruction that is accessible and equitable for all students,” said Dills. “We have tried to design multiple ways to access materials. We are being flexible and focusing on engagement rather than evaluation.”

JCPS Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Elliott affirmed the actions of the state board and said the district will help all students continue their academic growth.

“We are working diligently to ensure all seniors graduate on time,” said Elliott. “We have engaged in remote learning to complete the final 25 percent of this year’s content, and we will assist any student who is missing assignments or is in need of remediation to be promoted to the next grade level.”