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COVID-19 Information

Effective 10/20/21:
With the decrease in Covid cases in our community the district will now encourage masks for staff and visitors.
Covid totals updated as of 12/3/21 at 9:45 am
Total Number of Staff/Students Tested This School Year (since July 2021) Total Number of Staff/Students Positive This School Year Total Number of Staff/Students Tested in November Total Number of Staff/Students Positive in November
277 57 18 1
Covid Return to School Algorithm Update 9/8/21:
Please find the latest TDH Return to School Algorithm at this link:
Note to Parents/Guardians:  Alcoa City Schools does NOT accept a home Covid test as an acceptable "return to school test". Those who administer a home, or store-purchased Covid-19 test are encouraged to follow-up with the health department, personal healthcare provider, or obtain a follow-up test within one of our school clinics. 
Again, please keep your child at home if they are exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness.  Regardless of the type of illness, all students must be fever-free, for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, prior to return to school. 
9/7/21 Link to Blount County Covid Case Statistics for Children 5-18:
Covid Testing Update 9/1/21:
Parents and Staff:
Due to the increased demand for Covid testing and in order to meet the needs of our diabetics and students who are scheduled to come to our clinics for daily medications, a new schedule for Covid testing for the district has been developed.  Effective September 8th, Covid testing will be available M-F at the following times for any pre-K-12 student/staff member:
AES 8:00-9:00 am in the parking zone near pre-K pickup                 Nurse contact: 982-3120 or
AIS 8:30-9:15 am  at the AIS front entrance                                           Nurse contact: 982-4767
AMS 10:15-11:00 am under the 7th grade awning                                 Nurse contact: 982-5211
AHS 1:45-2:15  at the high school front entrance                                  Nurse contact: 982-4631   -or-
Parents can bring students to any of the schools, at one of the above listed times, in order to be tested. If possible,  please notify the respective nurse, in advance, that you are coming. Students do not have to be tested at their own school however, results will be reported and tracing for positive cases will be conducted by the respective child's school nurse.  Parents are asked to keep sick/quarantined children in the car and call the school nurse. The nurse will come out to the car to perform testing. 
Thank you for your cooperation!!
Effective 8/31/21:
Masks for all staff members will be required.  
The school district will not be allowing visitors unless necessary and with an appointment. All visitors will be required to wear a mask. Parents will need to remain outside to pick up/drop off their children and should not enter the building unless they have a pre-arranged appointment or meeting with a staff member.  Any adult entering the building must wear a mask. Field trips, unless already approved, are on hold until further notice. 
8/31/21 Updated TDH Guidance:
8/31/21 Link to Blount County Covid Cases for Children 5-18:
message from the director
August 17, 2021
Please be aware of this updated information regarding our new district wide COVID protocol directive and guidance.
It is the consensus of the Alcoa City Schools' Board of Education that masks are highly recommended while indoors, for all staff and students. 
Masks will be made available in each school for any staff or student.
This directive will be in place until further notice.  We will monitor the situation daily and make changes as necessary. 
We will also continue to encourage both social distancing, when possible, as well as regular hand washing.
Families, please be mindful of not sending your children to school when they are not feeling well. If they are running a fever or have other illness symptoms, please do not send them to school.
Also, we are only contact tracing after a COVID positive case, for those staff and students who have been tested in our school clinics.  Please see your school nurse if you would like to update your child's COVID testing permission form. 
We all need to do our part to keep us safe and healthy, so we can ALL stay in school.
Thank you!
Rebecca Stone
Director of Schools