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Sumner County Schools

We’ve had questions regarding our district attendance policies in light of Covid-19. We want to
assure everyone that we’re reviewing our policies to make sure that we support healthy decisions
based on each family’s situation.
Board policy allows for five excused absences each semester using parent notes. If it is necessary for
your child to miss school due to sickness or they have been exposed to Covid-19 and you’ve chosen
to self-quarantine, please communicate with your school. We have every intention to work with
parents regarding our student’s school attendance during this unprecedented regional health
concern.
Currently, exam exemptions at the majority of our high schools are connected to attendance.
We have responded proactively for the spring semester of 2020 regarding final exams. We will not
administer final exams in high school this year. State End of Course (EOC) tests and AP examinations
will still be given according to the testing schedule currently required by the state.
We continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation closely with information provided by the
National Institute of Health, the Center for Disease Control, the Tennessee Department of Health,
and the Tennessee Department of Education. We will provide you with ongoing updates based on
their recommendations.
We encourage everyone to use basic illness prevention:
• Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when
you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with
people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the
tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at
home and work, especially when someone is ill.
• Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often with soap, under clean running water, can
help prevent the spread of germs.
Should you have additional questions or need more information we encourage you to visit the
Tennessee Department of Health’s site (https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html) or the
Centers for Disease Control site (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/).
The Department of Health has also launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in
partnership with the Tennessee Poison Control Center. The hotline number is 877-857-2945 and will
be available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST.

Tennessee Department of Health Coronavirus Public Info 1-877-857-2945

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