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Tracking COVID-19 in East Tennessee schools

We are committed to getting your family back to school safely. Here are the 650+ COVID-19 cases we know about in East Tennessee schools.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — We are committed to getting you and your family to school safely this year. Our 10News team is working to track COVID-19 cases in school districts across East Tennessee. 

In some cases, districts refuse to release information about in-school outbreaks. In many of those cases, we've filed public records requests to confirm outbreaks. If you are a parent or staff member and documentation (emails or letters) of cases of coronavirus at a school in your area that is not on this list, please email that documentation to us: 10listens@wbir.com

These cases do not indicate whether staff or students contracted the coronavirus at school or in the community at large. Bookmark this page! It will be updated regularly. 

Full details for each district are just below the database. 

Alcoa City Schools

Start date: July 22

Number of cases confirmed to 10News: 11

On 9/15, Alcoa City Schools reported 11 cases total to the state. 

A lawyer representing Alcoa City Schools said the district has had a total of 11 cases among its staff and students on Sept. 4. 

On Aug. 1, the district confirmed one case at Alcoa Elementary School and three at Alcoa Middle School.

On July 24, parents received an email confirming a COVID-19 case at Alcoa Middle School.

Anderson County Schools

Start date: Aug. 10

Cases confirmed to 10News: At least 35

On Sept. 11, families at Clinton High School were notified of multiple additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to an email obtained by 10News. 

On Aug. 28, a spokesperson confirmed 6 active cases to 10News. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 26, the Tennessee Department of Education said an additional 12 students and 1 to 5 staff members had COVID-19.

On Sept. 4, families at Clinton High School were notified of an additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to an email obtained by 10News. 

On Sept. 3, families at Clinton High School were notified of three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to an email obtained by 10News.

On Sept. 1, families at Clinton High School were notified of an additional confirmed case of COVID-19, according to an email obtained by 10News. 

On Aug. 31, families at Clinton High School were notified of three additional confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to emails obtained by 10News. 

On Aug. 28, families at Clinton High School were notified of a confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to an email obtained by 10News. 

On Aug. 27, a district spokesperson said there were 6 active cases in the district across 4 different locations. 

On Aug. 17, a district spokesperson said there were 9 active cases in the district across 7 different locations.

Blount County Schools

Start date: July 29

Cases confirmed to 10News: at least 43

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 43 confirmed cases. 

As of Sept. 4, a school district representative confirmed 41 cases — 16 staff and 25 students.

As of Aug. 21,  a school district representative confirmed 36 cases — 15 staff and 21 students.

On Aug. 2, parents at Carpenters Elementary Schools received an email notifying them someone at the school had tested positive. It did not say whether it was a student or staff members. 

"Blount County Schools is following the protocols and procedures put in place to protect the health and welfare of our staff and students," the spokesperson said.  

On Aug. 17, 10News received the results of a public records request which showed exposure notifications to parents at eight Blount County Schools: 

William Blount High School, Eagleton Middle School (8/13), Eagleton Middle School, Carpenters Elementary (8/2), Union Grove Middle Schools, Townsend Elementary, Heritage Middle School, Heritage High School. 

A letter obtained by 10News indicates a case at Prospect Elementary School on 8/19.

Campbell County Schools

Start date: Aug. 5 

Cases confirmed to 10News: at least 10

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 10 total cases of the virus. 

On Sept. 4, the director of schools said there were 9 positive cases in the district.

On Aug. 28, the director of schools said a total of 2 staff members and 6 students have tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Aug. 21, the director of schools said 2 staff members and 4 students have tested positive for the coronavirus. One of the students had not been on school campus, she said. 

On July 20, 10News confirmed Campbell County High School suspended athletics for five days after a football player tested positive for COVID-19.

Claiborne County Schools

Start date: Aug. 10

Cases: at least 10

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 10 total cases in the district. 

On Sept. 4, a school district representative said there were 9 total positive cases in the district. 

On Aug. 28, the Claiborne County director of schools said there were four active cases of COVID-19. In total, she said there have been seven cases, although some had tested positive prior to school starting.

Clinton City Schools

Start date: Various, Aug. 7, 10-12 depending on age

Cases confirmed to 10News: 1

On Sept. 16, the school district reported one student in the district tested positive for COVID-19. 

On Sept. 4, a school district representative said there were zero confirmed cases in the district.

On Aug. 28, the director of schools said there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 since students have returned.

Cocke County Schools

Start date: Aug. 17

Cases confirmed to 10News: At least 7

Cocke County Schools previously said it is updating a coronavirus counter on its website every week, however the web page is no longer available. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 26, the Tennessee Department of Education said the district reported 6 students and 1 to 5 staff members had COVID-19. The district did not report data to the state for the Sept. 15 update.

Cumberland County Schools

Start date: Aug. 12

Cases confirmed to 10News: At least 41

As of Sept. 11, Cumberland Co. Schools said there had been at least 41 total cases. 

As of Aug. 27, Cumberland County Schools said there have been 16 positive cases among students and 12 reported positive staff cases. Approximately 100 people have been quarantined because they were close contacts to someone who tested positive.

From Aug. 31 to Sept. 26, the Tennessee Department of Education said an additional 12 students and 1 to 5 staff members had COVID-19.

Fentress County Schools

Start date: Aug. 12

Cases confirmed to 10News: At least 25

As of Aug. 28, Fentress County Schools is reporting 12 positive cases among students and 4 positive cases among staff. About 200 people have been quarantined due to direct exposure. 

Fentress County Schools is updating a coronavirus counter on its website every day at 3pm central time. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 26, the Tennessee Department of Education said an additional 8 students and 1 to 5 staff members had COVID-19. 

Grainger County Schools

Start date: Aug. 17

Cases confirmed to 10News: at least 4

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 4 total cases of COVID-19. 

A school district representative said 2 students have tested positive as of Aug. 28. She said other students who have not been back in the building have tested positive as well.

Greeneville City Schools

Start date: Aug. 5

Cases confirmed to 10News: at least 4

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 4 total cases in the district. 

On Sept. 11, the district reported 3 total cases. 

On Sept. 1, the district reported one confirmed active case--a student at Hal Henerd Elementary.

Greeneville County Schools is publishing coronavirus cases on their website.

Hamblen County Schools

Start date: Sept. 8

Cases confirmed to 10News: 2

On Sept. 15, the district reported 2 total cases of the coronavirus. Per the district, one case is a seventh grade student at Westview Middle School. The other is a staff member at Witt Elementary,

Superintendent Jeff Perry delayed the start of school after multiple positive COVID-19 tests. 

Hancock County Schools

Start date: Aug. 17

10News is waiting to confirm more information with the school district.  From Aug. 31 to Sept. 16, the Tennessee Department of Education said no students or staff members in the district had COVID-19.

Hawkins County Schools

Start date: Aug. 4

Cases confirmed to 10News: at least 6

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 6 total cases of the coronavirus. 

Hawkins County Schools is publishing coronavirus cases on its website. As of Sept. 4, the district is still learning remotely. According to the district, 75 students and 15 staff members from Cherokee High School, Volunteer High School, Clinch School, Surgoinsville Middle and Rodgersville Middle School were in quarantine as of Sept. 4.

Jefferson County Schools

Start date: Aug. 7

Cases confirmed to 10News: 74 cases as of Sept. 28

On Sept. 28, the director of schools told 10News the district had 74 cases total, 25 staff and 49 students. 

On Sept. 15, the director of schools told 10News the district had 57 cases total. 

On Sept. 7, the director of schools told 10News the district had 20 active cases. There were 12 active cases amongstudents (33 total) and 8 active cases in staff (15 total).

Through Monday Aug. 31, the director of schools told 10News the district had identified 36 total cases. There were 9 active cases in students (25 total) and 5 active cases in staff (11 total).

The director of schools told 10News the district had identified 25 total cases through Monday Aug. 25. 17 students total (9 active cases) and 8 staff (3 active).

The director of schools told 10News the district had identified 15 cases through Monday, Aug. 17, consisting of 10 students and 5 staff members. 112 students and 12 employees were close contacts. 

Impacted schools include: White Pine, Maury Middle School, Jefferson Co. School, New Market School, and Jefferson Co. High School.

Knox County Schools

Start date: Aug. 24

See the latest cases in Knox County Schools here and our analysis here.

On Sept. 20 and Sept. 23, families at Karns High School were notified of cases of COVID-19, according to emails obtained by 10News. 

On Sept. 23, families at Norwood Elementary were notified of a case of COVID-19, according to an email obtained by 10News. 

On Sept. 22 and Sept. 15, families at Sunnyview Elementary were notified of cases of COVID-19, according to emails obtained by 10News. 

On Sept. 21, families at Central High School were notified of cases of COVID-19. 

On Sept. 14, families at L&N Stem Academy received a notification of that school's first case, according to an email obtained by 10News. 

On Sept. 11, families at Karns High School were notified of another case of COVID-19, according to an email obtained by 10News. On Sept. 10, families at Norwood Elementary were notified of confirmed COVID-19 cases at school, according to an email obtained by 10News. 

On Sept. 7, families at Bearden High School received an email notifying them of "multiple cases" at the school, according to an email obtained by 10News.

On Sept. 1, families at Central High School and Karns High School were notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school, according to emails obtained by 10News. Impacted schools also include Halls High School and Halls Elementary school, according to emails obtained by 10News the week of Aug. 31. 

On Aug. 30, families at Beaumont Magnet Academy were notified of confirmed COVID-19 cases at the school, according to an email obtained by 10News. Families at Halls Middle School were also notified of a confirmed case on Aug. 30, according to an email obtained by 10News.

On Aug. 28, families at Hardin Valley Academy received notification from the principal of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school, according to an email obtained by 10News. 

On Aug. 24, parents at Powell Middle School and Hardin Valley Academy, received a notification from the principal of a case, according to emails obtained by 10News.  

On Aug. 23, parents at Karns Middle Schools received a notification from the principal of a case, according to an email obtained by 10News.  

On Aug. 16, Bearden High School suspended practice and games for two weeks. A source tells the 10Sports team it was because of COVID-19 concerns. An email to the board of education said four coaches and at least three students had tested positive. The district has not answered a request for information.

On July 17, a KCS spokesperson said some Hardin Valley Academy football players will be sitting out of practice for at least two weeks due to the risk for COVID-19 exposure. The spokesperson did not say if any of those players had been directly exposed to or contracted COVID-19. 

Lenoir City Schools

Start date: 8/12

Cases confirmed to 10News: 10

On Sept. 11, the district said there were no active cases. The district did not report any data to the state for the Sept. 15 update. 

On Aug. 26, the director of schools said 8 people at Lenoir City High School tested positive and more than 100 students were in quarantine. After three days out of class, the district was set to begin a hybrid education model for grades 7-12.

On Sunday Aug. 23, Lenoir City High School announced on Twitter it was moving classes for Aug. 24 online after "recent positive COVID-19 tests."

The director of schools said Aug. 20 that a single staff member who had no contact with any students or teachers in the classroom had tested positive. 

Loudon County Schools

Start date: 8/12

Cases confirmed to 10News: 26

On Sept. 15, the district said there were still 26 total cases. 

On Sept. 11, the district said there were 26 total cases.  

On Sept. 4, the district said there were 6 active cases, 18 total. 

As of Aug. 27, the district reported 5 active cases for a total of 11. Eight of the district's nine schools have cases and 27 people are in quarantine. 

As of Aug. 18, the Loudon County Schools director of schools said 4 people had tested positive across 3 different schools. 28 students have been quarantined. 

The district does not release whether the positive tests were among staff, faculty or students. 

Maryville City Schools

Start date: 7/30

Cases confirmed to 10News: 21

On Sept. 15, the school reported 21 cases total of COVID-19. 

On Sept. 4, a spokesperson said there were 10 confirmed cases in staff and 11 confirmed cases in students. 

Letters from the school district obtained by 10News indicate cases reported at Sam Houston Elementary and Coulter Grove Intermediate School.

On Aug. 12, a spokesperson said six individuals in total have tested positive for COVID-19 at John Sevier Elementary and Maryville High School. 

On Aug. 5, a spokesperson said an entire class at John Sevier Elementary began quarantining at home after a student tested positive. 

McMinn Co. Schools

Cases confirmed: at least 9

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least nine cases of the coronavirus in schools.

Monroe County Schools

Start date: 8/10

Cases Confirmed to 10News: At least 18

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 18 total cases of the coronavirus. 

The district told 10News it will not be notifying the public about cases among teachers or students. The director of Monroe County Schools told 10News the district is not keeping track of the total number of COVID-19 infections.

From Aug. 31 to Sept. 16, the Tennessee Department of Education said 10 students and 6 staff members had COVID-19.

On Aug. 18, the Sweetwater city mayor said a cheerleader at Sweetwater High School had tested positive for the virus the day after school opened. He said 20 students were quarantined. 

10News has made public records requests to verify the number of infected people in classrooms in the district. A lawyer representing the district said she was prepared to charge 10News more than $3,000 for the requests. 10News replied seeking to inspect the records instead, but has not heard back. 

Morgan County Schools

Start date: Aug. 5

Cases confirmed to 10News: At least 18

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 18 cases of the coronavirus. 

On Sept. 4, a school district representative said there were 4 active cases in staff and 9 active cases in students. 109 students and 6 staff were quarantining. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 16, the Tennessee Department of Education said 7 students and 1 to 5 staff members had COVID-19.

On Aug. 27, the director of schools said 8 students and two staff had tested positive. Roughly 25 people were in quarantine. 

On Aug. 24, the director of schools said there were 4 students who had tested positive across 3 schools in the district: Coalfield, Sunbright and Oakdale. 

Oak Ridge City Schools

Start date: July 30

Cases confirmed to 10News: 14

On Sept. 24, families at Oak Ridge High School were notified of a case of COVID-19.

On Sept. 18, families at Glennwood Elementary School were notified of a case of COVID-19.  

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 14 cases of COVID-19. 

On Sept. 10, families at Oak Ridge High School were notified of a student and a staff member who tested positive, according to emails obtained by 10News. 

Emails obtained by 10News indicated 14 people have tested positive since school began as of Sept. 4. 

On Aug. 25, a school district representative said 7 students and 3 staff had tested positive for COVID-19 since school began. 98 students have been sent home with symptoms (one positive so far) and 190 sent home because of a "close contact" with a case (none positive so far). An additional case was reported on Aug. 26. 

On Aug. 21, a school district representative said 6 students and 3 staff had tested positive for COVID-19. 

Letters from the superintendent obtained by 10News indicate cases at Glenwood Elementary, Jefferson Middle School (for the second time on 8/31), Oak Ridge High School, Robertsville Middle School (8/31), Oak Ridge Preschool (8/30) and Woodland Elementary. 

On Aug. 2, the school superintendent notified parents a staff member at Oak Ridge High School had tested positive. 

Oneida Special School District

Start date: Aug. 6

Cases: 0

On Sept. 15, the assistant director of schools said there had been no confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Roane County Schools

Start date: Aug. 19

Cases confirmed to 10News: at least 19.

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 19 cases of the coronavirus. 

The director of schools said 7 students and 11 staff had tested positive as of Sept. 4. 

The director of schools said Aug. 27 that 4 staff and 3 students had tested positive across various schools in the district. 

Scott County Schools

Start date: Aug. 10

Cases: at least 5 

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 5 cases of the coronavirus. 

On Sept. 4, a school district representative said two additional students had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 3. 

On Aug. 27, the Scott County director of schools said the district had one student test positive, but he said that student had not been to school recently and no other students or staff had to quarantine. 

As of Aug. 18, the Scott County director of schools said the district has zero confirmed cases. 

Sevier County School System

Start date: Aug. 17

Cases: 21 active

As of Sept. 14, Sevier Co. Schools reported 21 active cases — 7 staff and 14 students. The district has not yet reported any case information to the state, per the TDOE website.

As of Sept 4. Sevier County Schools reported 18 active cases — 7 staff and 11 students. 

As of Aug. 27, Sevier County Schools reported confirmed positive cases in 4 staff and 13 students. An additional 36 students and 5 staff were in quarantine. 

Sweetwater City Schools

Start date: Aug. 7

Cases confirmed to 10News: 10

On Sept. 15, the district reported 10 cases on the coronavirus. 

On Sept. 4, a school district representative confirmed 10 total cases of the coronavirus in the district. 

On Aug. 27, a school representative confirmed 8 total cases of the coronavirus at several locations across the district. 

On Aug. 18, a school representative confirmed one case at Sweetwater Primary School. A full class at the school is quarantined. 

Union County Schools

Start date: Aug. 4

Cases confirmed to 10News: At least 11

On Sept. 15, the district reported at least 11 cases of the coronavirus. 

A school district representative tells 10News four students and four staff have tested positive as of Aug. 24. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 26, the Tennessee Department of Education said between 1 and 5 staff members had COVID-19.