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Update on Coronavirus

Updated March 30 at 6:00 pm.

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: 

March 30 Update: Federal Funds Guidance:COVID-19 Closures, Results-Based ESEA & IDEA Program Monitoring Updates & COVID-19 Guidance, Request for Expedited Review from OSEP and related SPED Guidance, Special Populations Toolkit, SPED Related FAQsACT Guidance for Schools and Districts, USDA Approval on SSO Area Eligibility Waiver Request, and USEd Approval of TN ESEA Waiver Request

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.

Preparation and Planning

Closure Guidance and FAQ's

General Closure Guidance

Instruction, Assessment and Accountability


Special Populations

Staffing, Educators and EPP Resources

Federal Programs and Funding

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: