COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for Families and Staff of Obion County Schools
This page will be updated regularly as new information is available.
Updated September 8, 2021
EFFECTIVE ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Obion County Schools will transition to Phase 2 - Moderate Spread of our reopening plan.
The following is what Phase 2 means for our schools:
*PreK-12: Traditional Classes with limited interaction as students will rotate to different classrooms and have assigned seating.
*PreK-12: Virtual learning through online instruction for students ordered to quarantine by the Department of Health.
Disinfection and Sanitation:
*Clean/disinfect frequently touched surfaces as well as shared objects to the greatest extent possible
*Everyone use hand sanitizer and wash hands to the greatest extent possible
*It is highly recommended that all unvaccinated persons wear a mask when social distancing is not possible or when instructed to do so by school staff or administration.
*Students or staff with medical conditions that prevent the wearing of a mask or face shield will need to notify their principal and provide any requested documentation.
*PreK-12: Serve meals in the cafeteria or in classrooms with assigned seating and the utilization of auxiliary spaces if available.
*Students participating in virtual learning may make arrangements for meal pick-up at their school.
*Students/staff exhibiting symptoms will be isolated from other students and staff for assessment.
*OCS will conduct contact tracing if notified of a positive case.
*Staff and students identified by the Department of Health or Medical Provider as a positive case will be required to isolate according to CDC or Department of Health guidelines.
*Staff and students identified by the Department of Health as close contacts will be recommended to quarantine according to CDC or Department of Health guidelines.
*OCS nurses will conduct COVID testing with written consent.
*Run buses at 100% capacity
*Mask or face shield will be recommended
*It is recommended that parents bring students to school if possible.
*Visitors will be restricted to persons necessary to conduct school business.
*Visitors will be required to wait in a designated area for assistance.
School Meals Update
The USDA has extended waivers that allow us to provide meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. Students must be enrolled in our district to receive meals. This includes in person learners as well as those who are distance learning due to quarantine. Prior arrangements must be made with your child's school cafeteria in order to pick up meals for quarantined students.
Parents/guardians are still encouraged to apply for free or reduced benefits. PLEASE SEE REASONS BELOW.
Only students who QUALIFY for Free/Reduced meals will be eligible for these benefits:
- P-EBT Benefits (additional requirements must be met)
- Scholarship Opportunities and Discounted Fees for SAT, ACT, and AP Tests
- Discounts for fees Associated with college Application Processes
- 30 day eligibility carryover into 2022-2023 school year
For every student who qualifies for free/reduced meal benefits, our schools receive:
- Additional Funding for Technology and Internet Access in our Schools
- Increased Funding to Support Student Education
How to apply for free/reduced meal benefits:
When school begins all students will be given an application for free/reduced meals. You may also apply online by going to https://www.schoolcafe.com/. If you do not have an account in School Café, you will be required to create an account before you can apply.
Food Service Non-Discrimination Policy - Click HERE to review the policy
Reopening Phases Updated August 2, 2021 - Click HERE to view the reopening plans and action steps.
At-Home Resources and Services
PBS Teaching Tennessee
The Tennessee Department of Education has partnered with the state's six PBS stations to provide 1st-6th grade students standards-aligned instructional lessons on ELA and Math. 7th and 8th grade lessons will be available on the department's YouTube page.
ReadyRosie is an online education tool providing at-home instructional videos parents can do with their children. Through a partnership between the department and the Governor's Early Literacy Foundation, Tennessee families have access to these resources for free through September 1. Register here.
Through a partnership between the department and Hoonuit, Tennessee families now have access to this school meal site finder to find the closest meal pick up program available to them. Read more here.
Tennessee Department of Health
Coronavirus Information for Parents
The TN Department of Health has provided a coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for parents. You may access this document HERE. They department has also created a hotline number available daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 1-877-857-2945.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Information
The following links provide information regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). The links will take you to the Centers of Disease Control website. The links are available in English and Español.