COVID Testing Information
What to expect when my child has been exposed

Use the above links to determine what will happen if your child is confirmed to have COVID-19, displaying COVID-19 symptoms, or is identified as a close contact to a person confirmed to have COVID-19.

Current Oak Ridge Schools Health and Safety Plan

The safety of students and staff continues to be our primary objective.  The following information outlines the precautions and practices that will be in place when students return on Wednesday, July 28 for the 2021 – 2022 school year.  The data from Oak Ridge Schools in 2020- 2021 clearly supported that the safety measures we had in place kept COVID-19 virus rates low.  We will continue to monitor and adjust our practices based on ongoing data collection so we can maintain a low rate of virus spread.

  1. Hand Sanitizer – Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple locations in each school.  Students will be reminded and encouraged to wash their hands multiple times each day.
  2. Surface Disinfecting – Custodians will disinfect classroom and high traffic area surfaces such as cafeteria tables daily.
  3. Bus Disinfecting – Buses will be disinfected prior to the morning and afternoon run each day.
  4. COVID-19 Testing – Funds for the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Grant will be used to purchase COVID-19 test kits. School nurses will be prepared to test students and staff exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.  Parent permission will be required prior to testing a student for COVID -19 and results will be available within 24 hours.
  5. Close Contacts – Students and staff identified as being in close contact to a person confirmed to have COVID-19 will be recommended to quarantine  compliance with the TN Department of Public Health COVID-19 Return to School guidance. During the 2020 – 2021 school year the number of students identified as a close contact who later contracted COVID-19 was extremely low.  We will consistently monitor students that are identified as close contacts to a student or staff member confirmed to have COVID-19 to determine if further at school precautions are needed.
  6. Masks – The Tennessee Department of Health recommends that those returning from isolation wear masks or face coverings; but school systems, based on Senate Bill 9014, cannot require those returning from isolation to wear masks or face coverings during school. Masks continue to be recommended where social distancing is not possible, but the decision for staff and students to wear masks is left to the discretion of the individuals and their families.
  7. Ionization HVAC Equipment – Oak Ridge Schools is in the process of installing needlepoint bipolar ionization systems in all Oak Ridge Schools HVAC equipment.  This technology helps clean indoor air and improve the air by reducing airborne particles including certain odors, viruses and bacteria.
  8. Currently the Preschool, RMS, Willow Brook, and Glenwood have received this technology.  The systems are currently being installed at ORHS.
  9. Dashboard – The Oak Ridge Schools COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated each school day. The dashboard will provide information regarding, total cases, current active cases and the percentage of active cases for each of our schools.

Effective January 20, 2022, the Oak Ridge Schools COVID-19 Dashboard will only be updated one time per day.  The dashboard update will take place on scheduled student days Monday thru Friday after 4:00 PM. 

Users can see exactly what time the most recent updates have been made to the table provided below by hovering over the words, “last edit” and opening the version history.