This information will be updated daily, Monday - Friday.

The information above changes rapidly and might not reflect some cases still being reported. Due to a lag time between initial case notification and confirmation of cases, there may be inaccuracies in the reporting. Information from the previous day is updated as soon as possible the following business day.

Definitions

UPDATED DEFINITIONS CMCSS has updated the definitions and descriptions for the 2021-22 COVID-19 Dashboard to reflect changes in how data is collected and reported.

Student Reported COVID-19 Cases (Active): The current total number of students whose parents/guardians have self-reported them as a positive COVID-19 case and who are currently absent. This number is active to date and not a cumulative number since the beginning of the school year. Cases are self-reported (reported by a parent/guardian), and CMCSS does not have verification on every case.

Student COVID-19 Related Absences: The currently total number of students who are currently absent due for COVID-19 related reasons, as reported by parents/guardians. These include but are not limited to household contact, close contact with a positive case, advised by their healthcare provider, and pending household results. This number is active to date and not a cumulative number since the beginning of the school year. Cases are self-reported (reported by a parent/guardian), and CMCSS does not have verification on every case.

Employee Reported Positive Cases: The current total number of employees who are on leave due to being a positive COVID-19 case. This number is active to date and not a cumulative number since the beginning of the school year.

COVID-19 Related Employee Leave: The current number of CMCSS employees on COVID-19 related leave. This number is active to date and not a cumulative number since the beginning of the school year.

Contact Tracing for the 2021-2022 School Year

Regarding contact tracing, The TN Department of Health is responsible for contact tracing. Potential close contacts will be contacted by a third-party company contracted through the TN Department of Health. TDOH will not notify CMCSS of the results of their contact tracing investigation. CMCSS cannot confirm the names of positives or potential close contacts to anyone.

CMCSS will assist the TN Department of Health, including the Montgomery County Health Department, as necessary.

Individuals who are positive or deemed close contacts to a positive must follow the CMCSS Return to School/Work Flowchart. Self-screening is strongly encouraged each day.

The Tennessee Department of Education has released a dashboard to help track cases at the local level. TDOE updates this dashboard weekly.

Read more about the 2021-22 Health and Safety Overview developed by the district’s Communicable Disease Team (CDT).

Face Mask Requirement

On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the CMCSS School Board established a face mask requirement for students and employees indoors in CMCSS facilities when physical distancing is not possible. This requirement will be effective Monday, September 20, 2021, and will be revisited by the School Board at each monthly Formal School Board Meeting through January 11, 2022, when the requirement is set to expire. Parent(s)/guardian(s) can opt their child out of this requirement.

To streamline the opt-out process for parents/guardians and minimize the paperwork burden on employees, the Technology Department sent an electronic form to parents/guardians via text and email on Sep. 16. If you did not receive a customized electronic form for your child or had trouble accessing the form, you can complete the opt-out form linked here and return to your child’s school nurse. Please contact your child’s school if you need support with the opt-out process.

Updates

Good morning, CMCSS families,

Throughout this school year, CMCSS has strongly encouraged students, employees, and visitors to wear face coverings in common areas and when physical distancing cannot be maintained anywhere in a building or on transportation. At last night’s meeting, the School Board established a face mask requirement for students and employees indoors in CMCSS facilities when physical distancing is not possible. This requirement will be effective Monday, September 20, 2021, and will be revisited by the School Board at each monthly Formal School Board Meeting through January 11, 2022, when the requirement is set to expire. Parent(s)/guardian(s) may opt their child out of this requirement. Additionally, employees may opt out of this requirement. CMCSS will provide families with more information on the opt-out process ASAP today.

To access the CMCSS COVID-19 Dashboard, health and safety protocols, previous health and safety updates, and more, please visit ​​cmcss.net/cmcss-covid-19-dashboard/

Good afternoon, CMCSS families,

 We are reaching out with a few updates and reminders regarding COVID-19. The Tennessee Department of Health’s data indicates Montgomery County’s spread of COVID-19 has continued to increase to 1.083%. Currently, 3,773 students are absent for COVID-19 exclusions of which 832 are self-reported positive cases. For employees, there are 97 positive cases and 171 employees are on COVID-19 related leave. CMCSS has been reviewing information and plans from the Tennessee Department of Education and legalities and best practices for a COVID-19 dashboard for this school year. Please click here to access the 2021-22 COVID-19 District Dashboard. 

In our message on Aug. 20, we shared the district’s additional mitigation measures and reiterated the importance of personal choices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze in your bent elbow.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Wear an appropriate facial covering indoors and on transportation when you feel you are close enough to others for respiratory droplets to spread. It does not have to be all day; most importantly in common areas and crowded spaces.

We want to provide more information on two of those choices.

Stay Home When You are Sick

Please continue to refer to the CMCSS Return to School/Work FlowchartYou should work with your child’s school to ensure they are aware of any symptoms that may exclude a student so their attendance can be noted appropriately. If you have questions regarding attendance concerns, please contact your child’s school. 

A few notes from the flowchart:

  • Individuals who test positive and have symptoms may return after at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND symptoms have improved. 
  • Individuals who have one of the following symptoms may return to school after symptoms improve: congestion, runny nose, chills, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, sore throat, headache, fatigue, muscle pain
    • If an individual has two or more of the above symptoms, families should contact their medical provider and refer to the Return to School/Work Flowchart before returning to school.
  • Individuals who have one or more of the following symptoms should contact their medical provider and refer to the Return to School/Work Flowchart before returning to school: new cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, fever

Wear an Appropriate Facial Covering

Last Fri., Aug. 27, the Tennessee Department of Health updated its quarantine guidance for close contacts. If both the infected individual and the exposed individual are correctly wearing appropriate facial masks at school, the close contact IS NOT required to quarantine if they do not have symptoms.

Please help us mitigate the spread of the disease and reduce disruptions to students’ learning. The 3,773 students who are excluded due to COVID-19 are students who are not receiving in-person instruction. Providing high-quality, in-person instruction is crucial in any year, but as the district addresses learning loss from the past 18 months of disruptions, we need as much support as possible to keep students learning each day. 

All students, employees, and visitors should wear an appropriate facial covering in buildings and on transportation when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Finally, a note on contact tracing. Health departments are the only entities that can order a quarantine and contact tracing is the responsibility of health departments. Schools can exclude students who are symptomatic. The Montgomery County Health Department (MCHD) is not contact tracing, which is a shift from last year. The TN Department of Health (TDOH) is conducting contact tracing, and potential close contacts will be contacted by a third-party company contracted through TDOH. TDOH will not notify CMCSS of the results of their contact tracing investigation. CMCSS cannot confirm the names of positives or potential close contacts to anyone, and CMCSS cannot quarantine or isolate individuals. Last year, on behalf of MCHD, CMCSS sent an exclusion (not quarantine) message to families. Additionally, the District received notifications from MCHD of which students/employees are quarantined and their return-to-school/work date for attendance purposes. With contact tracing being conducted at the state level, we are not being contacted with case verifications or requests to assist with communication, so all cases/exclusions in the school environment are self-reported. It is critical for families to communicate health-related absences with their child’s school. 

This message was sent to all CMCSS families and staff.

Good evening, CMCSS families,

We ended last school year with over 70% of our 36,500 students learning in-person and around 30% riding CMCSS transportation. This year, 97% of our 37,800 students are learning in-person and around 55% are riding CMCSS transportation. Without a doubt, in-person learning is the best educational environment for the vast majority of our students, and we have worked hard to ensure that option has been, and will continue to be, available during the pandemic.

CMCSS has communicated with families since last year that schools cannot eliminate the spread of COVID-19 during in-person learning, but our collective actions can help mitigate the spread. The District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy has always been about using multiple layers to improve success, sometimes referred to as the Swiss Cheese model. For the 2021-2022 school year, CMCSS has been using the following primary mitigation layers:

  • Using MERV 13 instead of MERV 9 filters in all buildings
  • Increasing outdoor air ventilation
  • Employing enhanced two-step cleaning throughout buildings
  • Encouraging self-screening, masks, handwashing, covering sneezes, and staying home when sick for all students, employees, and visitors
  • Identifying opportunities to promote physical distancing when possible in schools
  • Replenishing hand sanitizing stations
  • Promoting the use of personal water bottles and filling stations while water fountains are shut down
  • Establishing School Health Screening Rooms
  • Providing vaccination opportunities and COVID-19 testing for employees and their families at Onsite Employee Health and Wellness Clinics
  • Updating and implementing the Return to School/Work Flowchart

According to data from the Tennessee Department of Health, the percent of COVID-19 in Montgomery County is the same right now as it was in early December 2020 and late January 2021, peaking around 0.3% higher than it is now in early January 2021. Ultimately, the increase in our community’s spread from 0.1% on July 20, 2021, to 0.5% on August 8, 2021, occurred before school was in session. The entire community is accountable for public health, not just public schools. We all have to work together to mitigate the spread of communicable diseases.

In this first full week of school, as of today, CMCSS has 298 student positive cases and 1,488 other students who are absent due to exclusions/quarantines. There are 41 positive employee cases and 76 are out on COVID-related leave. Compared to similar community spread in the winter, the number of employee positive cases is almost half. However, the number of student positive cases has more than tripled.

To add more layers to CMCSS’ mitigation strategy, effective Monday, August 23, the following protocols will take effect until Montgomery County goes back down to moderate/low transmission levels:

  • Modifying custodial procedures to further increase the focus on two-step cleaning throughout the day and decrease focus on other areas (window cleaning, floor buffing, etc.)
  • Operating mechanical systems (HVAC) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as possible for each building’s situation to further increase filtration
  • Limiting nonessential visitors from the school environment at the discretion of building administrators, to include temporarily not allowing lunchtime visitors
  • Limiting indoor mass gatherings during the school day at the discretion of building administrators
  • Providing masks in school buildings and on transportation for those who request one
  • Increasing hand sanitizing stations in schools and on transportation

Finally, to reiterate, we all have choices. Our choices can help or hinder our progress towards slowing the virus. Our choices can affect those who are more vulnerable to this virus. As the data shows, the community cannot rely on these choices just to be reinforced in schools, and multiple positive choices make a bigger impact than just one. Please make the following personal choices and reinforce with your children, family, and friends:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze in your bent elbow.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Wear an appropriate facial covering indoors when you feel you are close enough to others for respiratory droplets to spread. It does not have to be all day; most importantly in common areas and crowded spaces.

The District has received input from stakeholders both in favor of and opposed to mask mandates. There are passionate views on both sides. CMCSS has strongly encouraged students, employees, and visitors to wear face coverings in common areas and when physical distancing cannot be maintained anywhere in a building or on transportation. A mask mandate with the choice to opt-out makes little difference from encouraging masks, and opt-outs are required by the Governor’s Executive Order 84.

As you make and reinforce health choices with your family, please reflect on the impact we can all have on our family, friends, neighbors, strangers, and ourselves.