The Tennessee Department of Education recently has relaunched the District Information Dashboard for the 2021-2022 school year. The state dashboard will continue to report new COVID-19 case counts in schools and each district across the state on a weekly basis.
New information that was previously not included last year will also be available on the state’s dashboard. Enrollment and attendance information will be visible and updated each month. Local Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) allocations will be shown through a pie chart, with a link below to the document library of all district submitted ESSER plans. Lastly, schools that are granted a temporary waiver to go to remote learning will be clearly marked as such on the dashboard.
“While the state is bringing back its statewide Dashboard, we at Tullahoma City Schools will continue to update our daily dashboard that is located on the front page of the district’s website at www.tcsedu.net,” said TCS Director of Schools, Dr. Catherine Stephens. “These two dashboards provide helpful and, yet, very different information to all stakeholders. In addition to our local, daily current COVID case counts and quarantine numbers, you will be able to find the state dashboard of information on our webpage as well.”
The Tullahoma City Schools dashboard currently provides the public with an active number of current COVID-19 cases at each TCS school. The dashboard also shows the number of students and staff members at each campus who are actively quarantining.
To reduce possible COVID-19 transmission, Tullahoma City Schools continues to follow its health and safety protocols set in place before the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Face masks are recommended for indoor settings for everyone and TCS follows 3 feet of physical distance when feasible. Visitors to each campus will be limited to avoid possible spread.
Students and staff members continue to routinely wash hands with soap and water throughout the day. Hand sanitizer is also acceptable when hand washing is not possible. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of high-traffic use areas, overall facilities and buses are still taking place.
“When we are aware of positive COVID cases and identify close contacts, we are removing those from the building to help stop the spread of this virus,” Dr. Stephens said. “It is important to note that when close contacts are identified, we are in contact with the Health Department to provide the necessary information to them.”
It is essential to remind everyone that students and staff members who are sick should stay home until they are symptom-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medicines. Those students and staff members who test positive for COVID-19, or are exposed to COVID in their homes, should contact their medical provider and/or the local Department of Health for instructions on when to return to school. Parents and guardians need to contact their child’s school nurse with any information regarding their student’s illness.
”As we are all in this together, I ask that all TCS parents, guardians, students, teachers, and staff members do your part to help keep everyone safely in school,” Dr. Stephens said. “Following these protocols will help in our effort to reduce the spread of this virus. Together, we can make this a very successful school year.”
Those wanting to view the Tennessee Department of Education dashboard can do so by visiting https://districtinformation.tnedu.gov/.