An overview of virtual learning exemptions in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – Several school districts in Tennessee have requested e-learning waivers because the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many schools to close.

Last month, Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn outlined the state’s plan to temporarily switch some students / teachers to distance learning if they are to be quarantined or isolated in due to COVID-19.

So far, at least 13 districts have applied for e-learning exemptions and of these, at least one has been refused.


However, e-learning exemptions are not available at the district level. Schwinn said this was only a possibility for a classroom or school where districts can show COVID-19 requires temporary remote passage.

Just weeks after the start of the school year, the increase in COVID cases forced districts to close to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Metro Nashville, Williamson, Wilson and Rutherford counties have all adopted mask mandates amid this current wave. Every district except the MNPS allows parents to opt out, due to Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order.

Tennessee continues to report record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations; However, in recent days, the number of pediatric COVID hospitalizations has declined.

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Tennessee Department of Health

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