COVID-19 District Announcements

  • September 8, 2021

    This recommendation was approved unanimously by the WCS Board of Education on September 8, 2021:

    "To approve the recommendation from the Director of Schools to implement face covering requirements beginning Friday, September 10th, 2021 - with an opt-out provision pursuant to Executive Order 84 for all Wilson County Schools students, Wilson County Schools employees and adults on Wilson County Schools properties (during the school day) until October 4, 2021."

    This approved motion will be revisited at the October 4th BOE Meeting. Should families choose to opt-out of this approved requirement, then forms will be available via Skyward beginning on Thursday, September 9th.

COVID-19 Safety Procedures & Protocols 2021-2022

  • Wilson County Schools is committed to keeping all students, staff, and their families safe and healthy while educating students. The following mitigation measures will be in place during the 2021-2022 school year to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. These procedures are subject to change in response to the needs of Wilson County Schools and with input from the Wilson County Health Department. If an individual is given directives by the State or local health department that conflicts with these procedures, the health department instructions supersede the information provided here.

COVID-19 Protocols: Operational Systems

  • COVID19 Protocols Operational Systems

    Wilson County Schools will implement the following mitigation measures in the operation of facilities and transportation.

    Health Screenings

    • Symptom checks will be conducted once per week using standard questions recommended by the Tennessee Department of 
    • Temperature checks will be performed at the building entry daily when Wilson County’s 7-day new case rate exceeds 25 new cases per 100,000 residents.

    Routine Cleaning

    • Schools will continue to disinfect high touch surfaces and objects (for example, door handles, sink handles, toilets, drinking fountains) within the building and on school buses between each use as much as
    • Schools will disinfect high touch surfaces and objects at least daily.

    Access to Sanitization

    • The District and/or school will provide sanitizing products and personal protective equipment (PPE) in all active
    • Disinfecting stations will be established at select entrances to each school facility and throughout the school building.

    Transportation

    • Social distancing will be maintained on buses when possible. Parents who opt-in to transportation should not expect that their child(ren) will be physically distanced from their classmates during their ride to and from
    • Bus windows and roof vents will be open when
    • Buses will be disinfected daily by the Transportation Department after afternoon routes.

COVID-19 Protocols: School-Based Mitigation Measures

  • COVID19 Protocols School-Based Mitigation Measures

    Each school administration will promote and ensure proper hygiene measures are in place throughout the school year. School administration will attempt to mitigate the risk of transmission of COVID-19 utilizing the following measures:

    Emphasis on Hygiene and Sanitization

    • Administration will ensure that a hand sanitizer station and face coverings are available in the front office area and throughout the
    • Administrators will place signage throughout building reminding students and staff to use proper handwashing procedures.

    Social Distancing

    • When possible, students will be physically distanced by at least 3 feet within the classroom as recommended by CDC
    • Administrators will spot check for physical distancing intermittently throughout the
    • Administrators will not allow mass gatherings such as assemblies and pep rallies unless appropriate physical social distancing can be maintained.

    Facial Coverings

    • Facial coverings will be available at no cost to all individuals in each school front
    • Beginning September 10, 2021, facial coverings will be required for all students, staff, and visitors on school campuses during the school day through October 4, 2021. Students and staff may opt- out of this requirement through the opt-out procedures outlined by Wilson County Schools.

    Visitors

    • School administration will limit nonessential visitors from the school environment to prevent any additional COVID-19 exposure and limit the need for additional contact
    • School administrators will approve any essential visitors during the school day. Essential visitors are defined as those visitors volunteering within the school or those with essential school business with prior permission from school administration to enter the
    • Essential visitors will be encouraged to conduct a self-screening of symptoms before entering the building and will be advised of COVID-19 mitigation strategies, such as social distancing.

    Contact Tracing

    • If a child is determined to be a “close contact,” the parent/guardian will receive notification from Wilson County Schools. Close contact shall be defined pursuant to Tennessee Department of Health guidelines.
    • Pursuant to Board Policy 6.403, close contacts will be excluded from the school building during the period of quarantine or isolation recommended by the Tennessee Department of Health. Remote learning opportunities will be made available to students as outlined in the Continuity of Learning - Remote Instruction Programming section below.

COVID-19 Protocols: Continuity of Learning - Remote Instructional Programming

  • COVID19 Protocols Continuity of Learning

    Students quarantined pursuant to Tennessee Department of Health guidelines will have access to remote instruction during their period of quarantine. Remote learning details for students quarantined are outlined below:

    Initial Contact & Remote Learning Instruction

    • Once identified, a quarantined student will be contacted by their primary/homeroom teacher or school counselor.
    • Your child’s teacher(s) will connect with you on remote instruction requirements during the quarantine period. This will include expectations related to remote learning, as well as directions on how to access remote learning materials.

    Learning Materials

    • Staff will coordinate the pick-up of any necessary learning materials with the parent/guardian. Laptops/other needed technology may be taken home for use in synchronous and asynchronous learning.
    • The WCS Technology Department provides assistance for parents or students with technology questions.  Submit a ticket to the Student/Parent Technology Help Desk or call 615-547-7314 ext. 7314.

    Supports for Special Populations

    • For students receiving special education services, distance learning plans will be created for your student detailing the educational support to be received during the period of quarantine and an outline of synchronous or asynchronous activities to be
    • ESL students will have access to ESL teacher support during their quarantine for synchronous and/or asynchronous learning. The ESL teachers coordinate carefully with the content teachers to ensure language supports are appropriate and in place for synchronous/asynchronous learning.

    Attendance and Participation Requirements

    Students who participate in remote instruction will be counted present if the student is engaging in remote instruction.

    Grades K-5

    For students in grades K-5, this may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

    • Student submission of an assignment;
    • Student completion of an online assessment; Student participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom;
    • Student submittal of work via hard-copy or virtual formats;
    • A student-initiated phone call, e-mail, and/or other digital communication or response to teacher e-mail;
    • And/or other evidence of participation as determined by the principal or designee.

    Grades 6-12

    In order to be considered “in attendance,” students in grades 6-12 will be required to engage in some type of meaningful student engagement or interaction for each individual class scheduled for that school day. This may include, but is not limited to, any of the following:

    • Student submission of an assignment;
    • Student completion of an online assessment; Student participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom;
    • Student submittal of work via hard-copy or virtual formats;
    • A student-initiated phone call, e-mail, and/or other digital communication or response to teacher e-mail;
    • And/or other evidence of participation as determined by the principal or designee.