Academics and Nutrition in Jefferson County Schools, Closure through April 3, 2020 – Dr. Shane Johnston, Director

Jefferson County Schools will be closed through Friday, April 3, 2020 due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus (Covid-19).


During this time the Jefferson County School System will be providing a list of academic resources available to parents and students. The purpose of these resource links is to keep the focus on learning. Specifically, the resource links are provided for parents and students to practice grade-level skills during this time of school closure. These sites are offered simply as resources for instructional practice only. No grades will be assigned from any of this work in grades K-8. High School students earning credit may have assignments that will count toward a numeric grade.

Currently, central office supervisors are working with the technology department and curriculum leaders in preparation for next steps associated with providing on-going instruction to students. There is a strong commitment to have a continuity of instruction for students. District leadership teams will continue working with building level administrators and teachers to develop plans for students in the event schools must remain closed beyond April 3, 2020.

The initial resource list will be posted on the Jefferson County Schools webpage and other social media outlets no later than Monday, March 23, 2020. Additionally, the list will also be provided with the meals during the food distribution on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (see next section).


Jefferson County Schools will provide free meals to children 18 years old and under during the extended school closure beginning March 24, 2020.

  • Sites
    • Dandridge Elementary 780 South Highway 92, Dandridge, TN 37725
    • Jefferson Middle 361 W. Broadway Blvd., Jefferson City, TN 37760
    • Patriot Academy 419 West Dumplin Valley, Jefferson City, TN 37760
    • Rush Strong School 3081 W. Old AJ Hwy., Strawberry Plains, TN 37871
    • Talbott Elementary 848 Talbott-Kansas Road, Talbott, TN 37877
    • White Pine School 3060 Roy Messer Hwy., White Pine, TN 37890
  • Announcements
  • Students must be present in car
  • Breakfast & Lunch Served Tuesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 3 meals will be given Tuesday and 2 meals will be given on Friday.
  • Drive thru, meal pick up at each location. No one gets out of the car
  • Meals contain all 5 components – handed out in pre-packed container.
  • NOTE Jefferson County School Food Services Department hopes to add 1-2 ‘community’ sites beginning the week of March 30th. More information will be shared via the district’s social media sites and through partners in the local media once details are finalized.

“This is a time of uncertainty for our communities and especially our students. The school district is committed to the safety and well-being of our employees, students, parents, and stakeholders. I am confident that our great educators and staff members will continue to seek out ways to help our students, and families, during this difficult time. We encourage all families to participate in this meal distribution. Meals are available to all children 18 years old and under and it is advantageous for our school district to have a high participation rate.”