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 families and children, ages birth through 3rd grade, to do at home. 

 

Through this partnership, all families with school-aged children in Tennessee will have access to ReadyRosie Modeled Moment videos, which equips them with simple and fun activities to help their children learn while at home. Around two minutes long in both English and Spanish, the video “moments” feature real families demonstrating instructional activities that parents can then replicate with their own children and are rooted in learning goals for children on topics such as literacy, early math, health and well-being.  

 

“As we continue to navigate these challenging times, we are excited to provide all Tennessee families with access to this incredible platform to help them create rich learning experiences at home,” said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “The ReadyRosie platform is another resource from the state to help families engage with their children during this time by doing simple, instructional activities at home while promoting learning and bonding with their children.” 

 

The ReadyRosie platform will be available for Tennessee families from April 1 through September 1. Families can easily register for free today here, https://readyrosie.com/tn/, and can sign up to receive weekly text messages or emails with curated playlists of activities. 

 

“Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation is committed to continuing the important work of our early literacy programs and partnerships, especially during this unique and challenging time,” said James Pond, GELF President. “As we respond in ways that continue to fulfill our mission to support the children and families we serve in Tennessee, we are excited to partner with ReadyRosie to provide families with quality online resources to help children develop early literacy skills through reading and learning together.” 

 

For more information about ReadyRosie, visit the website and watch this video. Tennessee parents can register for free here: https://readyrosie.com/tn/ 

 

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

 

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About Tennessee Department of Education 

At the Tennessee Department of Education, we are committed to accelerating student growth through excellence in achievement, empowerment of students and teachers, and engagement of all members of our education community. Tennessee is divided into 147 districts with both significant urban and rural populations.  As a department, we are dedicated to setting all students on a path to success. Learn more about Tennessee’s Best for All strategic plan at bestforall.tnedu.gov 

 

About Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation 

The mission of Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) is to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee by acting as a thought leader, advisor and catalyst for programs statewide. These programs include Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Storybook Trails, Book Buses, K-3rd Grade Summer Reading and Caregiver Engagement. GELF was founded in 2004 by former Gov. Phil Bredesen as a public-private partnership to sustain Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Tennessee, giving all birth to age five children the opportunity to receive books in the mail at no cost to families. GELF has grown from solely a book-gifting program to an early literacy organization driven by a vision where all Tennessee children have access to the resources, guidance and support they need to become lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.GovernorsFoundation.org or www.facebook.com/GovEarlyLiteracyTN, or call toll-free at (877) 99-BOOKS.

TSSAA asked that we share the following announcement from them regarding spring sports.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Spring Sports

March 17, 2020

5:00 p.m.

On Monday March 16, Governor Lee released the following statement:

As the response to COVID-19 evolves, I urge every school district in Tennessee to close as soon as practically possible, with all schools expected to close by Friday, March 20, 2020 at the latest. Schools should remain closed through March 31, 2020 to further mitigate the spread of this infectious disease and we will issue further guidance prior to March 31. Superintendents and local leadership have the full support of my administration to determine effective dates for closure this week as they evaluate what is best for families within their respective districts. We understand the tremendous burden school closure places on families and we will continue to work with both the federal government and school districts to ensure we continue essential supports like meals for students in need. Every Tennessean has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and I urge Tennesseans to be quick to help neighbors as new needs surface with the closure of schools.

 We have checked with the Governor’s office and have confirmed that his statement applies to all school-related activities including athletics.

TSSAA does not regulate the scheduling of regular season games or practices. However, consistent with the Governor’s statement, and in the interest of the health and safety of competitors, coaches, officials, and spectators, we urge every member school – both public and independent – to follow the Governor’s recommendation and suspend interscholastic athletics through March 31, 2020. This suspension should include games, scrimmages, practices, and organized workouts or conditioning.

We will continue to follow developments related to this public health concern as they evolve and will send out additional notices of any further actions or recommendations related to interscholastic athletics.

ECC

Extended child care is closed for the remainder of our school closure time.

Internet Access

Do you need internet access for online learning?

Comcast – https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

  • Open Wifi-hotspots to all users, even non Comcast subscribers.
  • No Data Caps – 60 days of Unlimited access
  • No Disconnect or Late Fees
  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers – 60 days of Internet access for free – normally $9.99/month

AT&T – https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

  • No Disconnections or Late Fees for customers
  • Free open wifi hotspots
  • Unlimited Data
  • Limited/Fixed income residents and sign up as a New customer for $10/month.

Charter/Spectrum – https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

  • Free broadband/Wifi for 60 days to home with K-12 and/or college students that do not already have a Spectrum Account  (Call 1-844-488-8395)
  • Spectrum will open it’s wifi hotspots for all public use.
  • No Data caps

TDS Internet (large portions of East TN) – https://tdstelecom.com/about/news/categories/tds/CoronavirusStatement.html

Students Who Take Courses at RSCC

In response to the coronavirus outbreak and continued public health concerns, all Roane State campuses will extend spring break for students through March 22. Faculty and staff will use this time to prepare for transitioning to an all-online teaching environment when classes resume on March 23.

Courses will remain online through at least March 29, with the possibility of continuing online beyond that date. In the interest of safety, students will not be on any campus during this time. These steps place us on level two of Roane State’s Pandemic Preparedness Plan.

Additional measures include:

  • Cancelation or postponement of all on-campus events beginning March 16 through March 29
  • Cancelation of all planned international travel, including study abroad programs to Italy, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands
  • Cancelation of all out-of-state travel for college personnel during the month of March
  • Dual enrollment courses taught at area high schools will follow Roane State’s adjusted schedule and any potential schedule adjustment made by the respective high school system

Alternative arrangements will be made for any Roane State courses that are unable to move completely online, which could include a delay and extension of the semester. The same will be true for any student who is unable to take courses in a distance learning format. You can find information about Distance Education and Momentum (or D2L) on our website. Students and faculty may login to Momentum at the following link: https://elearn.roanestate.edu/d2l/login.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, their families, and the broader communities we serve are the top priority as we make this decision. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any of our campuses right now, we hope taking these steps will help prevent that from occurring.

We are doing everything in our power to make this transition as smooth as possible, but we know there will be unforeseen issues. We ask for your patience and understanding while we work to keep everyone safe during this unprecedented situation.

Students, we encourage you to reach out to your instructors and academic advisors if you have any concerns. For faculty and staff, please contact your academic dean or your direct supervisor with questions. Additional information will follow this message.

We are continuing to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tennessee Department of Health regarding coronavirus. Any additional actions or precautions taken by the college in response to the outbreak will be done in coordination with the Tennessee Board of Regents, with guidance from our state and local health departments.

We will be keeping you informed via RaiderAlert text and email messages, general college email, social media, and our website. If you have not yet signed up for RaiderAlerts, you can do so here: https://www.roanestate.edu/raideralert.

Please visit www.roanestate.edu/coronavirus for the most up-to-date information from the college as well as resources from the CDC about protecting yourself from the virus.

From Dr. Chris Whaley

Additional notes: all campuses will be closed when classes resume in an online format on March 23. Only essential personnel will be permitted on campus after that point until at least March 29. Additional information is forthcoming from college vice presidents.

TCAT night welding classes have been moved to an online model beginning next week. Students, look for communication from TCAT regarding course content and expectations for the remainder of the term.

Update 3/22

The Oak Ridge Flea Market is currently canceled through April 25, 2020. The Oak Ridge Flea Market will keep the same procedures and guidelines as Oak Ridge Schools with regards to closing moving forward, and will therefore update concerning the April Flea Markets when more information is available. We appreciate the efforts and coordination of all vendors.
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Information for Prevention

We continue to adhere to CDC recommendations:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Continue to provide healthy and safe environments in our schools, using some of the newest technologies with proven EPA registered disinfectants

From the Tennessee Department of Health:
The Tennessee Department of Health is reporting daily all test results including confirmed or presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.  Here is a link to the site.

TDH is working closely with local health officials to support the ongoing investigations of COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat:

Use of facemasks in the U.S.

At this time, CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks or respirators among the general public. Masks should be reserved for people who are sick, so they can protect others from getting infected. If worn properly, a facemask helps block the spread of respiratory viruses by the wearer from spreading to other people and surfaces. Facemasks should be used once and then thrown away in the trash.

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