Update on Coronavirus

Last Updated: March 3 at 11:45 a.m. CT: 

As this is an evolving situation, the department will continue to post updated information as it available. For school reopening guidance, please visit the department's Reopening page.

March 3 Update: COVID-19 Waiver Report Added

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: K12.health@tn.gov.

    • 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 School.Nutrition@tn.gov.

    • 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: Through a continued partnership with the state’s PBS stations, Tennessee students will have access to daily educational content all summer through the Summer Learning Series. All six Tennessee PBS stations will offer high quality educational programming for grades K-3, weekdays from 10 a.m. –12 p.m. CT, through June and July.  Each of these programs also have teacher, family, and student resources available online.  Teaching Tennessee classroom lesssons for 1st-8th grade students can be found on the department's YouTube page. All 320 lessons have companion teacher lesson plans and student packets that can be found here.
  • SchoolMealFinder.com: 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

Child Wellbeing Task Force

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 and ARP 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: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.htm