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COVID-19 Resources

Last updated: May 21, 2020

COVID-19 continues to be a source of caution for families, schools, local and state officials. As the health and well-being of our students, employees and community remains our top priority, we are continuing to monitor recommended courses of action and share resources as they become available. Please see below a compiled list of information and resources that is continuously being updated by our team.

Please find regular updates from the Tennessee Department of Education here: Update on Coronavirus.

Upcoming Opportunities

Information from Governor Bill Lee

General COVID-19 Information

Contact Information

  • The Department of Education COVID-19 hotline is available for district leaders 629-888-5898 or toll free 833-947-2115. The hotline is available Monday-Friday 6:30 am – 4:30pm CST. Or, email: K12.health [at] tn [dot] gov.
  • For nutrition program-specific questions, contact the Department’s Nutrition Hotline Number at (800)-354-3663. It is available daily from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm CST. Or, email School.Nutrition [at] tn [dot] gov.
  • Tennessee Department of Health has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The hotline number is 877-857-2945 and will be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST daily.

School Closure Information 

  1. Metro Nashville Public Schools
  2. Shelby County Public Schools
  3. Knox County Public Schools
  4. Hamilton County Public Schools

Resources for School Leaders

  1. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now has authority to offer emergency loans to both small businesses and nonprofits under its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program in eligible areas. While SBA authorities are focused on small businesses, we worked with federal lawmakers to ensure that the loan funding for this crisis is offered to charter schools and other nonprofits to borrow up to $2 million for up to 30 years at 2.75 percent for nonprofits. These loans are designed to help businesses and nonprofits meet financial obligations and operating expenses that would not be of concern if the COVID disaster had not occurred. To apply, go to the SBA website. You’ll need to fill out the business loan application (select "Economic Injury (EIDL)" as the reason you’re seeking assistance) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Supporting Information form. You’ll also need to supply required supporting documentation including your organization’s most recent tax return, a schedule of liabilities, and tax information authorization (IRS Form 4506) for any affiliated entities. For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mail disastercustomerservice [at] sba [dot] gov.

School Closure Toolkits*

*Courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Education

Online & At Home Learning Resources

Education of Vulnerable Populations*

*Courtesy of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Educating Students with Disabilities

  • As you may know, the U.S. Department of Education has released guidance regarding educating children with disabilities. You can find the newest guidance here and the FAQ is here.
  • The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools has an excellent resource page with information about accessibility, remote learning, and many other related matters here
  • Understood.org has a page that includes guidance on disability issues in the workplace as well as guidance on educating students here. They have information in Spanish here
  • This website offers the top 12 websites for children with disabilities (hosted by Special Education Degree)
  • Diverse Learners Cooperative: COVID-19 Resource Hub

Educating Homeless Students

Educating Students in Foster Care

  • The American Bar Association has this list of resources for foster children who are remote learning here.
  • The Juvenile Law Center has published this report.
  • The National Network to end Domestic Violence has created a resource page here.

Educating Students Who Speak Languages Other Than English and Refugee, Immigrant, and Undocumented Children

  • This article in MS Magazine provides a good analysis of implications for immigrant populations.
  • Immigrants Rising has published a detailed document to support undocumented populations here.
  • The National Immigration Law Center has information about health care for immigrant populations here.
  • One America for Justice for All has a page with resources related to immigration and COVID here.
  • Ed Week has published some blogs regarding educating multilingual learners here.
  • ColorinColorado has some resources for English Language Learners and specific issues related to immigrant children during COVID here.

Food Resources

  1. School Nutrition: COVID-19 Guidance
  2. Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Meal Pattern Flexibility Form
  4. Nutrition Program Updates 
  5. Area Eligibility Form
  • The USDA announced flexibility for programs when schools close and announced a feeding program collaboration. 
  • School Meal Finder
  • Mid-South Food Bank: COVID-19 Response
  • The Food Research and Action Center has a webpage with resources here.
  • No Kid Hungry has resources here and is offering grants to continue feeding students as schools are closed.
  • H.R. 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides funding for various related programs.
  • Statewide: The state agency has received a waiver for non-congregate feeding if  schools are closed due to COVID-19, districts will operate the Seamless Summer Option for area eligible sites. If your district would like to utilize the waiver and operate SSO during closures due to COVID-19, please follow these steps;
    • Reach out to Sandy Dawes, State Director of School Nutrition via email Sandy.Dawes [at] tn [dot] gov 
    • Provide  the following information: Names of all schools you plan on providing meals; Type(s) of meal Programs that will be served (NSLP, NSB); Number of students you anticipate serving; What meal distribution method(s) you will be using for school closures due to COVID-19(remember this is for non-congregate feeding of SSO); Methods you will use to ensure proper operation of the program including meal content, meal counts, food safety, oversight, etc.; Methods of communication with families;
    • Complete SSO application in TMAC:  Reach out to your regional consultant; Work with Randa Meade, Office Number (615)-532-0372, or email Randa.Meade [at] tn [dot] gov

TCSC will continue to update this page as additional resources and updates are made available. Please submit additional information to Joshua Perkins at joshua [at] tnchartercenter [dot] org using the subject: Additional Resources for COViD-19 Webpage.

Thank you, 

The TCSC Team