Update on Coronavirus

May 2022 Update: The contents of this webpage are now archived. The resources below remain available for historicial context and reference. 


ARCHIVE: Important contact information 

    • The Department of Education COVID-19 hotline was available for district leaders 629-888-5898 or toll free 833-947-2115. The hotline was available Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 4:30pm CST. Or, email: K12.health@tn.gov.

    • For nutrition program-specific questions, constituents and districts could contact the Department’s Nutrition Hotline Number at (800)-354-3663. It was available daily from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm CST. Or, email School.Nutrition@tn.gov.

The Department of Education disseminated guidance to district leaders to best support their students, schools and communities.

ARCHIVE: At-Home Resources and Services

  • PBS Teaching Tennessee: Through a continued partnership with the state’s PBS stations, Tennessee students will have access to daily educational content . All six Tennessee PBS stations offer high quality educational programming, weekdays from 9 a.m. –11 a.m. CT.  Teaching Tennessee classroom lesssons for 1st-8th grade students can be found on the department's YouTube page. All 320 lessons have companion teacher lesson plans and student packets that can be found here.
  • SchoolMealFinder.com: Through a partnership between the department and Hoonuit, Tennessee families had access to this school meal site finder to find the closest meal pick up program available to them. Read more here.
  • STE(A)M Resource Hub: The department and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) released a STE(A)M Resource Hub for educators and families to use with students during COVID-19 related school closures. The STE(A)M Resource Hub included three weekly challenges around design activities, critical thinking, and career exploration that can all be done in the home. Read more here.
  • Tennessee Principal Professional Learning Series: The Tennessee Department of Education and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Educational Leadership partnered to provide virtual professional learning opportunities to principals to support them in addressing the immediate challenges facing schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

ARCHIVE: Preparation and Planning

ARCHIVE: Child Wellbeing Task Force

ARCHIVE: Closure Guidance and FAQ's

General Closure Guidance

Instruction, Assessment and Accountability


Special Populations

Staffing, Educators and EPP Resources

State Board of Education Emergency Rule Resources

Federal Programs and Funding

Federal CARES Act and ARP Act

ARCHIVE: School Closure Toolkits

For the above documents, the Department of Education has created two versions of the toolkit: one in a designed format (Published) and one in simple text (PDF)

Press Releases

Federal Waiver Requests

3/20/2020 Update from US Department of Education on Assessment and Accountability Waivers

Stakeholder Archive

Superintendent Calls

Other items

ARCHIVE: Additional Resources

For additional information on COVID-19, see the Tennessee Department of Health website: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.htm