Superintentendent Message - March 20, 2020

Message from the Superintendent

March 20, 2020


TCS Community:

I am proud of your vigilance and cooperation in working with TCS during this difficult time. Thank you!

I would like to use this platform to reach out to you as needed but no less than each Friday during this school closure just to say hello and update you on the school system. 

Today, State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey announced that President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy Devos have created an expedited waiver process for standardized assessments and related accountability reporting.  Dr. Mackey will apply for this waiver and expects a very quick turnaround time of 24 hours approval.  This is great news for school systems.  We are very thankful for Dr. Mackey’s leadership during this difficult and stressful time.

Our  TCS faculty and staff have united in a common goal of safeguarding the health of our community, sanitizing buildings and ensuring the continued delivery of food service for those in need of food.  Our teachers really miss seeing their students every day and they are attempting to reach out as much as possible. The concern for our students and families is immeasurable and I am so proud of the strength of our Trussville City  Schools community. 

Education and support to our students are at the forefront of our thoughts each day and most of the night.  I’m grateful for the many ways that everyone has adjusted with us to care for academic, emotional, and physical needs in the absence of our regular school day. As we settle in to a new routine, I want to draw your attention to a few things:

  • Please check our TCS app, website and Facebook for general updates. 
  • Our mass communication system via phone call, email and text will be used for informational and operational messages. 
  • Stay tuned for information on plans for the remainder of the school year. As of today, we are still expecting an April 6 return date, but as you know, that could be extended.  

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow, it is imperative that we remain determined in our efforts to reduce its spread.  Based on the latest guidance from the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health, you should:

-Call your health care professional if you have COVID19 symptoms. 

-Stay home if you or someone in your household is sick.

-Avoid social gathering in groups of more than 10 people.  

-Avoid discretionary travel.

-Continue to practice good hygiene (wash hands frequently).

-Practice social distancing.

We will continue to hope for a prompt return to school. Take care of each other and please let your children know that we are thinking of them and we greatly miss seeing their smiling faces each day. 


Please stay safe and well,

Dr. Pattie Neill, Superintendent

Trussville City Schools