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Update on Coronavirus

Updated May 21 12:15 p.m. CT

As this is an evolving situation, the Tennessee Department of Education is updating this page as information becomes available. We will provide a brief summary of updates here at the end of each day: 

May 21 Update: 8,000+ Teachers Register for Free Training on Digital Learning and Teaching Release

COVID-19 coronavirus is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) virus. Stopping transmission (spread) of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. 

State health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee. Schools can play a key role in this effort. Through collaboration and coordination with local health departments, schools can take steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission within their school community. 

Contact your local district officials for any questions regarding closure decisions. District officials contact can be found here.

Meeting and Event Update:

  • Find information on Tennessee Department of Education Meeting and Event Cancellations and Updates here.

Important contact information: 

    • The Department of Education COVID-19 hotline is available for district leaders 629-888-5898 or toll free 833-947-2115. The hotline is available Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 4:30pm CST. Or, email:

    • For nutrition program-specific questions, contact the Department’s Nutrition Hotline Number at (800)-354-3663. It is available daily from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm CST. Or, email

    • Tennessee Department of Health has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The hotline number is 877-857-2945 and will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST daily.

The Department of Education has disseminated guidance to district leaders to best support their students, schools and communities.

At-Home Resources and Services

  • PBS Teaching Tennessee: The Tennessee Department of Education has partnered with the state's six PBS stations to provide 1st-6th grade students standards-aligned instructional lessons on ELA and Math. 7th and 8th grade lessons will be available on the department's YouTube page.
  • ReadyRosie is an online education tool providing at-home instructional videos parents can do with their children. Through a partnership between the department and the Governor's Early Literacy Foundation, Tennessee families have access to these resources for free through September 30. Register here.  Additional information can be found here and a How To Use Guide here.
  • Through a partnership between the department and Hoonuit, Tennessee families now have access to this school meal site finder to find the closest meal pick up program available to them. Read more here.
  • STE(A)M Resource Hub: The department and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) released a STE(A)M Resource Hub for educators and families to use with students during COVID-19 related school closures. The STE(A)M Resource Hub includes three weekly challenges around design activities, critical thinking, and career exploration that can all be done in the home. Read more here.
  • Tennessee Principal Professional Learning Series: The Tennessee Department of Education and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Educational Leadership have partnered to provide virtual professional learning opportunities to principals to support them in addressing the immediate challenges facing schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic during these tumultuous and uncertain times. Learn more here.

Preparation and Planning

Closure Guidance and FAQ's

General Closure Guidance

Instruction, Assessment and Accountability


Special Populations

Staffing, Educators and EPP Resources

State Board of Education Emergency Rule Resources

Federal Programs and Funding

Federal CARES Act

School Closure Toolkits

For the above documents, the Department of Education has created two versions of the toolkit: one in a designed format (Published) and one in simple text (PDF)

Press Releases

Federal Waiver Requests

3/20/2020 Update from US Department of Education on Assessment and Accountability Waivers

Stakeholder Archive

Superintendent Calls

Other items

Additional Resources

For additional information on COVID-19, see the Tennessee Department of Health website: