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: www.ortn.edu/information-regarding-coronavirus

Virtual Learning Option 2

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

Dr. Bruce Borchers


Oak Ridge Schools