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Information Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

July 9, 2020

Update About Masks

Dear staff and families of Oak Ridge Schools

Our goal at the beginning of this school year is to provide students with the maximum amount possible of direct teacher instruction time while keeping in mind the State and local health department COVID safety guidelines. We care deeply about our students and staff and know that the number one factor that impacts student learning is being engaged with a highly effective teacher providing instruction. After reviewing the current situation, students and staff are expected and will be required to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible. Students and staff who have a medical condition that makes the wearing of a face covering problematic are asked to consult your building principal. Such needs will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We appreciate everyone’s patience and support during this important time for our students, families, and staff.


Dr. Bruce Borchers


Oak Ridge Schools

July 6, 2020

Dear families,

Oak Ridge Schools will reopen for students on July 29th, according to our 2020-2021 district calendar.

Linked below are copies of three documents. The first is a reopening plan. Within that plan, your student has two options.

  • Option 1 is to resume learning in person, with contingency plans for remote learning as emergency health conditions arise.
  • Option 2 is a full year of virtual online learning. This program is called ConnectOR. Documents for enrolling in Option 2, ConnectOR, are linked below.

Reopening Plan 2020-2021

Click this link to read the full document:

Oak Ridge Schools Reopening Plan 2020-2021
We appreciate the tremendous participation and feedback you have given us for our safe reopening survey. This plan is based in large part on that feedback, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), state, county, and local government. This plan will be evolving regularly with changing guidance during our ongoing response to COVID-19. Regular updates will be made to this plan as we receive guidance from these agencies.

We learned from our survey that the majority (85%) of you want to see us return to some semblance of normalcy with students participating in face-to-face instruction. You also told us your highest priorities in bringing students back safely are, in order: 1) regularly disinfecting common areas, 2) practicing social distancing, 3) providing temperature checks, 4) reducing non-essential visitors in the school, and 5) wearing masks as needed.
In response to your voices, and to help reduce ambiguity for you, we created this evolving plan to aid in a safe reopening. With this plan, we hope to address questions you may have regarding the ever-changing landscape of learning, health, and safety recommendations we receive. We will work together to implement, continuously evaluate, and update this plan. It is our ultimate desire to protect the wellbeing of our students, staff, and families in our community, as we carefully plan to reopen this fall.

To help mitigate the spread of the virus, we are also requesting that parents take their children’s temperature on a daily basis prior to allowing them to attend school. Students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher should remain at home. All updates to this plan will be sent to you by e-mail and posted on our COVID-19 web page:

Virtual Learning Option 2

We look forward to inviting students back to school very soon.

Dr. Bruce Borchers


Dear families,

Please find at this link our Communicable Diseases Protocol in response to COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will use these contingency plans based on guidance provided to us about the disease from CDC and the Dept. of Health.

Additional information including school supplies lists, food service information, extended child care, and more can be found on this page:

Back to School Image

Leaders in Oak Ridge Schools are working to create back-to-school plans for the safe reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year. As this process continues, parents and staff may find updates from the district office on this page. Here are a few points to help you plan for our safe return to school.

All district back-to-school communication and major resources are being added to this COVID-19 page.

Oak Ridge Schools will reopen on July 29th, according to our 2020-2021 district calendar.

In light of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we are exercising flexibility in our planning process. While we remain committed to excellence in education for all Oak Ridge students, we are also mindful that we must honor the many viewpoints surrounding COVID-19 and recognize the impact our plans may have on the broader community.

Earlier this week, we shared a survey with families and staff to gather input regarding your level of comfort with several options as we plan our return to school on July 29th. We will continue to work cooperatively with staff and families, showing care for each other to ensure optimal planning. We are committed to keeping our students safe, while giving them every opportunity to achieve success in learning both for now and in their future endeavors.

Click here to read the

Survey Results

Responses to this survey will help us determine if the majority of Oak Ridge families want their children to return in person with their teachers when school opens on July 29th. We intend to use feedback from our survey to support parental input regarding safety measures, and provide ongoing communication about our efforts. It is our intent to balance health concerns with educational, social, and emotional benefits to your children and your family.

Thank you so much for participating in our survey. Keep coming back to this page for updates. Families will be given additional opportunities to provide feedback as the year progresses. We are committed to communicating in the most concise, informative, and transparent ways possible.

If you need to reach out to individual schools, here is a link to our school directory.

If you have questions regarding enrollment, you may also find information on our Pupil Services page.

Additional ongoing updates related to COVID-19 are posted alphabetically by topic below.

The Tennessee Department of Education is working closely with ACT, Inc. to ensure that all students in the 2021 cohort have two opportunities to take the ACT, same as prior cohorts. To this end, ACT is providing a range of options and testing flexibility to students, schools, and districts. We are grateful for the feedback we‘ve received from many superintendents, district testing coordinators, principals, school coordinators, and the Assessment Advisory Committee.

Please see the linked document below for further information.

ACT Guidance for Tennessee Districts and Schools

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AP Computer Science Resources

Laptops and Free Online Resources Available to AP Computer Science Students  

Audience: Directors of Schools, CTE Directors, Secondary Supervisors, Principals

Amazon will now begin offering comprehensive support and new online learning resources for high school students in preparation for at-home AP Computer Science exams.
Amazon is committed to supporting high school computer science students in need across the country as part of its Amazon Future Engineer program. In response to COVID-19, they are immediately making the following free resources available:

  • Free Online Computer Science Courses: 
    • Amazon Future Engineer is opening up free online access for all to our sponsored Edhesive curriculum for both AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A courses. Students, parents, and teachers can access these courses here.
  • Laptop Donation: 
    • Amazon is donating 4,000 laptops to AP computer science students who otherwise do not have access to a device at home to take the exams. Students receiving laptops will get to keep them to support their educational journey beyond the COVID-19 outbreak. Students without a laptop at home can apply through College Board.
  • Free Online Test Prep: 
    • Nonprofit CodeVA, with the support of Amazon Future Engineer, will begin offering free, online AP Computer Science test prep sessions leading up to the AP exams open to all preparing. Students can participate in the twice-weekly prep sessions here.

For more information or questions, please contact Deborah Knoll, director of K12 programs and STEM Initiative

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Important COVID-19 Information

Student Summer Participation Guidelines Signature Form

COVID Disclaimer Signature Form

After you have read both forms, please sign and return this Signature Form for both Participation Guidelines and the COVID Disclaimer.

City of Oak Ridge, Kroger Health offering drive-through COVID-19 testing at Oak Ridge High School

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (April 10, 2020) – The City of Oak Ridge and Kroger Health are teaming up to host free drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Oak Ridge on April 15, 16, and 17.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 15-17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., people with symptoms of the coronavirus can schedule an appointment through Kroger Health to be screened at the Oak Ridge High School parking lot.

“It is essential that testing be increased in order to fight this deadly virus,” Oak Ridge Mayor Warren Gooch stated. “This testing will help us determine the degree of spread within the Oak Ridge community and surrounding area. Oak Ridge faces a unique challenge because we host thousands of workers and commuters to travel across our city every day.”

Per CDC guidelines, the only people who will be tested are people with symptoms or healthcare workers and first responders who have been exposed to the virus. Symptoms include fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Before attending the testing site, patients will be asked to schedule an appointment via Kroger Health’s online portal at

“Kroger Health is proud to partner with the Anderson County Health Department in this important effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Health. “This aligns perfectly with our vision, which is to help people live healthier lives.”

Scheduling an appointment is required to receive a test.

People with appointments may enter the testing site at the Oak Ridge High School parking lot off the North Tulane Avenue entrance. Everyone who arrives should ensure all windows are up when in the testing area and have a photo ID ready. Kroger Health Associates will guide patients through the testing process.

Test results can be expected within 3 to 7 days, and Kroger Health is working to partner with labs that offer even faster turnaround time.

“This testing period will be a superb opportunity for us to develop data on the degree of spread that is a concern to all of us,” Mayor Gooch said. “We are sincerely grateful to Kroger Health for partnering with us in this critical health and safety effort for the Oak Ridge community.”

“We want to thank Dr. Borchers, Bruce Lay, and Principal McDonald for allowing this to take place,” Oak Ridge Fire Chief Darryl Kerley said.

The Oak Ridge City Schools food pickup line will be temporarily moved to the Band entrance of the school building during this 3-day event.

COVID-19 Testing

New Cross Boundary and Tuition Applications

Applications for new cross boundary and new tuition students will available beginning April 27 – May 15th.  Applications will be available online.  You will need to print the application, complete it, and attach the requested information.   Mail the application to Pupil Services.  The address is listed on the application.  Applications can also be emailed, scanned, or faxed to Pupil Services, ATTN: Dr. Henderson.  Her email address is, fax – 865-425-9061.

When available, open enrollment for new cross boundary applications and new tuition applications will be available on the Oak Ridge School’s website, each school mail office, and Pupil Services. Notification of acceptance and/or denial will be mailed to parents after the new open enrollment period begins. New tuition rates will be available for non-resident students after the August School Board meeting. Once the new rates have been approved, you will receive a tuition contract regarding payment in September. If you have any questions, please call Pupil Services at 865-425-9009 or email Dr. Larrissa Henderson.

Commitment to Respectful Culture

June 11, 2020
Dear families of Oak Ridge,
As you know from our recent communications regarding the creation of our Portrait of a Graduate, we wish to assure our community we value, support, and are committed to realizing the hopes and dreams of every Oak Ridge student. We have a collective vision that every student will receive the highest-quality education and graduate prepared for college, career and life success. With your continued support, we will increase clarity regarding our community values to ensure our youngest citizens are successful both now and in the future. In addition to the academic and career skills we know our students need to be successful, we continue to develop students’ interpersonal skills that are essential to working with and respecting all people. This includes effective communication and respectful collaboration, treating self and others with care. We recognize the critical importance of ensuring our students are self-aware, self-disciplined, and exhibit empathy. With these skills students will be prepared to engage in community issues, resolve conflicts, exhibit cultural competency, and act with kinship and respect to fellow members of our community.
Dr. Bruce Borchers
Oak Ridge Schools

Meal Service Update

May 30, 2020

Hello, Oak Ridge families,

I am following up with you regarding summer meal service.

Friday, May 29th is our last day of meal service at multiple school sites for the remainder of this school year.

Our summer meal service will begin on Monday, June 8th, and run through Friday, July 10th. Meals for students under the age of 18 will be available for pickup at Oak Ridge High School only, and the times for pickup will be 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

For families who are unable to find transportation to the high school to pick up meals, please reach out to Jo Bruce at the Family Resource Center— and we will have a staff member deliver meals to your home.

This information will be posted on our COVID-19 page for your future reference.

Again, summer meal service will run from June 8th – July 10th at Oak Ridge High School from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thank you,

Bruce Borchers

Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent

May 15, 2020

Hello families of Oak Ridge,

I want to let you know that we are making a few important changes to our food service schedule as follows:

Beginning May 18th :

We will no longer be serving meals at the following neighborhood locations:

  • First Christian Church on the west end of the Turnpike
  • Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
  • Teller Village Apartments
  • Manhattan Apartments

We will continue to serve neighborhood meals at

  • MacKenzie Apartments, from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. each day; and
  • Oak Ridge Schools Preschool, from 11:30 – 12:30 each day.

Meals will continue on a regular schedule at three school locations from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday-Friday, including;

  • Glenwood Elementary School;
  • Robertsville Middle School; and
  • Oak Ridge High School.

All sites will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th.

Be watching and listening for our communications with information regarding our summer feeding program in the near future.

This message will be available for families to read for review in its entirety at on our COVID-19 web page.

Thank you,

Dr. Bruce Borchers, Superintendent of Oak Ridge Schools

Update About Food Service

April 24, 2020

Dear families,

We are pleased to let you know that food distribution sites at Oak Ridge High School and our new Oak Ridge Schools Preschool and will reopen on Monday, April 27th.  We want to assure all families that our building maintenance staff t