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Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 School Year

As Athens City Schools always provides excellence to our students and families, we know that our students returning to school in August is imperative. Providing our students with a quality education is of the utmost importance, and it is critical that our considerations focus on getting students back into the classroom safely. We also know that the health and safety of our students, school staff, families, and communities are the driving forces for every decision we make.  

Recent News 

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group (ERG) has partnered with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the University’s Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) to collect and analyze survey data to better inform the economic reopening of Tennessee.

 Please see the latest publication on Household Contacts from the TN Department of Health. Updated August 19, 2020. 

 Governor Bill Lee Announces Tennessee Business Relief Program and Announces $200 Million Available for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19. Released June 2, 2020.  

 Governor Bill Lee’s Economic Recovery Group issued new guidelines on May 28 for non contact sports, camps, and higher education under the Tennessee Pledge. Guidelines for swimming pools were released May 27. Previously released “day camp” guidelines have been expanded into the new summer camps guidelines.  

 Athens Recovery Team Update on May 20, 2020. Effective Friday, May 22nd. 

Governor Lee’s Economic Recovery Group issued new guidance to allow large, non-contact attractions and venues to reopen May 22, which include concert and performance venues, amusement and water parks, auditoriums, theaters and dinner theaters, zoos, and large museums. Please view the resources below for the updated guidelines. 

City of Athens Video Briefings 

Follow along as C. Seth Sumner, City Manager, explains how COVID-19 is impacting the community. Please  visit the Facebook page for the most recent updates. Learn More

McMinn County COVID-19 Dashboard. 

For more information please visit the TN Department of Health. 
Updated on September 18, 2020.

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What is the Recovery Plan for the State of Tennessee?

The “Tennessee Pledge” is a plan to help Tennesseans return to work in a safe environment, restore their livelihoods and reboot our state’s economy.

COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving threat facing Tennessee and the world. The health and safety of Tennesseans remains our number one priority. Much of our state’s current success in this fight is because Tennesseans naturally choose to put each other first and voluntarily adopt safe, new habits. It’s that volunteer spirit that’s been fighting this pandemic, and it’s the same volunteer spirit that will rebuild our economy.

Reopening Tennessee Responsibly

Learn more about Governor Lee’s plan for reopening Tennessee Responsibly. 

Universal Guidance for Tennessee Businesses

The State recommends safeguarding protocols for all businesses in Tennessee, including those that are reopening and those essential businesses that remained open during the Safer at Home order.  Learn More

Restaurant Industry Guidance

The State recommends restaurants put into place an assortment of measures to protect consumers and employees. Learn More

Retail Industry Guidance

The State recommends retail industries put into place an assortment of measures to protect consumers and employees. Learn More

Exercise Facility Guidance 

In addition to strict adherence to CDC guidelines, the State recommends gyms, fitness/exercise facilities, or substantially similar facilities and activities put into place an assortment of measures to protect consumers and employees. Learn More

Close Contact Guidelines 

These guidelines are intended to apply to “close contact personal services” as listed in Executive Order No. 30. Learn More

Non-Contact Recreation Guidelines. 

At present, many entertainment, recreational, establishments, and certain other gathering venues are closed to the public by governmental order (see Executive Order No. 30, as may be amended). Learn More

Office Building Guidelines 

The State recommends safeguarding protocols for all businesses in Tennessee, including those that are reopening and those essential businesses that remained open during the Safer at Home order. Learn More

Lodging & Accommodations Guidelines 

To support the Tennessee Pledge, all employers and employees should take steps to reopen safely, help other industries be able to open more quickly, and allow Tennessee to remain healthy and open for business. Learn More

Construction Worksite Guidelines. 

These guidelines are intended for the construction industry, including residential, commercial and industrial, and should be utilized by general contractors and subcontractors. Learn More

Manufacturing  Guidelines 

In addition to strict adherence to OSHA and CDC guidelines, the State recommends manufacturers implement an assortment of measures to protect employees. Learn More

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson