Updates about school closure are posted here. Please read the latest family messages from Dr. Borchers below. 

See tabs below for additional information. We will keep these continually updated throughout the school closure.

Update About Online Learning

3/27/2020

Dear Oak Ridge Schools Families,

I hope you and your family are well and you have found some extra opportunities to rest during this abnormal Spring Break.  We have been working daily to prepare for the unknown, and are hoping our families and students will benefit greatly from the efforts our teachers will be pouring into creating resources for the remainder of our school year.

While I know that online learning cannot replace the power of face-to-face instruction or the effectiveness of teacher relationships with students, I feel very fortunate that we have quality staff who will still offer support to students in a work-from-home model.  We will transition slowly with simple extended learning opportunities, knowing we cannot fully replicate or replace the face-to-face experience we enjoy in our normal daily routine.  We will start with the tools we already have in place and that we know students can easily access.  Please be assured that student privacy will be maintained with all types of communication.

We are anticipating more guidance from Tennessee Department of Education related to high school course credits, high school graduation requirements, and equitable access for all students.  Our principals will communicate changes and updates as we navigate this fluid situation.

Teachers will be creating content during the designated period of April 1-3.  Extended learning opportunities for students will begin on April 6.  Look for additional communication from principals next week.  I feel confident that the learning opportunities for teachers and students will lead to better resources and stronger instructional practices when we are able to return to classrooms.  Please prioritize your health and care for your family during this time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bruce Borchers

Superintendent

Update About School Closure

3/25/2020

As I mentioned earlier, there was a possibility that the governor would extend the closure of schools in Tennessee. Just recently, we received word that Governor Lee has recommended school districts remain closed through April 24. We obviously will comply with this closure.

We continue to work on instructional learning plans due to this extended school closure due to COVID-19. More information will be shared about our plans in the near future.

I encourage everyone to go to our webpage for coronavirus updates as we receive them.

Please take care of each other and stay healthy.

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From 3/24/2020

Dear Oak Ridge Schools Families,

I want you to know that my executive team and I have been meeting virtually to discuss the ever-changing landscape in our state, country, and world. We have also been working the Anderson County Health Department as well as participating in numerous calls with Commissioner Schwinn.

This week, the TN Legislators in the Education Committee voted on a proposal to ensure that no schools or students are adversely affected due to school closures, student absenteeism, or other hardships related to COVID-19.  Following the passage of this bill, Oak Ridge Schools will not administer the 2019-20 TNReady and end-of course assessments.  Oak Ridge schools will seek multiple waivers for numerous requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. A full list of these are here:

• 2019-20 spring administration of the TNReady and end-of-course assessments.
• 2019-20 portfolio assessment
• Teacher evaluation growth scores based on 2019-20 assessments, including alternative growth scores such as portfolios.
• Student final grades being comprised in part by 2019-20 assessments.
• School and district accountability based on 2019-20 assessments.
• 2019-20 Civics test required to earn a diploma
• The 11th grade postsecondary readiness assessment for the 2019-20 school year.
• Additionally, we are waiting on further guidance from TDOE on the following item:

    • The state board of education shall revise high school graduation requirements to ensure that no high school seniors on track for graduation affected by spring 2019-20 school closures are adversely affected.

In the event that schools are required to close for an extended period due to COVID-19, we want to continue to support quality learning opportunities for student success. More information will be shared about our plans in the near future.

I encourage everyone to go to our webpage for Coronavirus updates and follow our district on social media: Twitter: @ORSchools Facebook: @OakRIdgeSchoolsTN and Instagram: ORSchools. The TN Department of Education has web page with Coronavirus updates as well.

I hope you all are taking care of each other and staying healthy,

Dr. Bruce Borchers

Superintendent

Dear Oak Ridge Community:

In an effort to ensure that all children 18 and younger continue to have access to receive healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch meals, Oak Ridge Schools in partnership with Aramark, will be offering both breakfast, and lunch “to go” during week days starting on March 23rd  free of charge. The following locations will be distributing meals. If you do not live in Oak Ridge, you can find alternate sites for food pickup by clicking this link.

UPDATE: 3/25

For the remainder of this week, FREE “to go” food service will continue in operation at the new campus of Oak Ridge Preschool (157 Carver Road), Glenwood Elementary School, Robertsville Middle School, and Oak Ridge High School.

  • Breakfast will be served from 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Beginning Monday, March 30th, there will continue to be FREE “to go” meals, with both breakfast and lunch at the same time for children 18 and younger. The new service time will be from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the same locations.

At four additional spots, we will have hot meals ready and available for distribution from 12:00 – 12:30.

  • Manhattan Apartments – 315 S. Rutgers Ave
  • McKenzie Apartments – 100 Utica Circle
  • Teller Village Apartments – 100 Teejay Dr
  • Children’s Museum – 461 W. Outer Drive

The meal service will be drive-through or walk-up

  • All children must be present in order to receive meals.
  • No identification, names, or applications are required.
  • Meals for the weekend will also be provided on Fridays.

For those who would like to assist with meal distribution, here is a sign-up.

Sign Up!

For families who would like to let us know in advance you are coming for meals, you may make meal reservations by clicking here.

School Breakfast Hours Lunch Hours Location
Glenwood Elementary

125 Audubon Road

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

8:00am -9:30am 10:30am – 1pm Drop-off Circle
Robertsville Middle

245 Robertsville Road

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

8:00am -9:30am 10:30am – 1pm Drop-off Circle
Oak Ridge High

1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

8:00am -9:30am 10:30am – 1pm Drop-off Circle on Turnpike Side
Oak Ridge Preschool

157 Carver Avenue

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

8:00am -9:30am 10:30am – 1pm Drop-off Circle

Instructions:

  1. All children must be present in order to receive meals.
  2. Drive up, or walk-up to the designated distribution area. Both a table, and signage will be present in the distribution area.
  3. Meals may be picked up from any of the listed distribution sites regardless of whether the child attends that particular school, or any of the Oak Ridge Schools or not.
  4. No identification, names, or applications are required.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Best regards,

Jenn

Jennifer L. Taylor | Aramark | Food Service Director | K-12 | Education

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TDOE Announces Partnership with PBS to  

Deliver Daily Instructional Content for Tennessee Students 

 

Nashville, TN—The Tennessee Department of Education secured a partnership with the state’s PBS stations to deliver daily instructional content for Tennessee students during COVID-19 school closures. This partnership will provide all students with access to daily learning opportunities right in their own homes. 

 

Staring April 6, Tennessee’s six PBS stations— WNPT Nashville, East Tennessee PBS, WCTE Upper Cumberland, WKNO Memphis, West TN PBS, and Chattanooga WTCI— will deliver two hours of programming with high-quality instructional content from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST. Four hours of content will also be streamed overnight, which viewers can watch live or record. 

 

The content will be developed and provided by Tennessee educators in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education and meets a critical need to ensure all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities, regardless if their home has internet connectivity or capable devices. 

 

“This is an incredible example of Tennesseans coming together to support kids,” said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “We are so thrilled to be partnering with PBS stations across the state to make high-quality instructional content available to all students so they can continue learning during school closures. Families and students are hungry for content right now, and we are grateful our local stations have stepped up to help fill this need.” 

 

This statewide partnership builds on the work many of Tennessee’s public TV stations have already been doing with local districts to provide instructional programming during school closures.  

 

“Tennessee’s Public Television Stations are committed to serving the citizens of Tennessee and look forward to working with the Tennessee Department of Education during this challenging time to provide instructional educational programs to the students of our state,” said Vickie Lawson, Chairman of Tennessee Public Television Council and President of East Tennessee PBS. “This partnership is another example of Tennessee’s Public Television Stations willingness to serve when needed.” 

 

“This new partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education will work to meet our shared mission of ensuring every child is inspired and educated, regardless of their circumstances.” said Becky Magura, President & CEO, WCTE Cookeville. “This programming will help ensure students without access to the internet or other instructional materials will still have access to high quality instruction during these school closures. For decades, we have been committed to inspiring and educating students for decades, and now more than ever, those services are critical.”  

 

For additional Tennessee Department of Education guidance related to COVID-19, visit https://www.tn.gov/education/health-and-safety/update-on-coronavirus.html.   

 

TDOE, Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation Partner with ReadyRosie to Provide

Free Early Education Resources to Families 

 

NASHVILLE, TN— The Tennessee Department of Education and Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) announced a statewide partnership with ReadyRosie, an early education online platform, to provide short videos and free resources with simple, engaging activities for Tennessee f