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April 1, 2020




Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How long will school be closed?

In accordance with our Governor’s request, all Tipton County Schools are currently closed through April 24th. This is a fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor and follow guidance from health care professionals and government officials.


  1. What are the instructional plans for students during the school closure period?

Schools are compiling learning packets that are being made available to students online or in print. Digital resources have also been shared online at www.tipton-county.com. Schools may also post additional resources and instructional tools (virtual learning opportunities such as Thrivist, Google Classroom, etc.) on their individual school webpages as well as communicate them via social media.


  1. Are students required to complete the learning packets and/or digital assignments?

The learning packets are an optional opportunity for students to continue learning during this extended school closure.


  1. Where are meals being served?

Breakfast and lunch pick-up is available from 10:30-1:00 Monday-Friday at the following locations:


Covington High School

Brighton Elementary School

Munford Elementary School

Drummonds Elementary School

Austin Peay Elementary School

Community sites: Boys and Girls Club, Richland Hills Park (Mason)


  1. What about high school graduation?

The State Board of Education has a special called meeting scheduled for April 9th. Among the topics they will be discussing is graduation. We will provide updates as they are received.


  1. When is Kindergarten registration for Fall 2020?

Due to school closure, the April 2nd registration date has been cancelled. Pending no further closures, the next available date for kindergarten registration will be May 12th from 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. at each elementary school (as noted on the Board approved school calendar).


  1. When will schools accept PreK applications?

Due to school closure, the PreK application date of April 7th has been cancelled. Pending no further closures, PreK applications will be accepted on May 7th from 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at each elementary school.


  1. Will we extend the school year to make up for missed days?

The state has waived the 180 instructional day requirement for this school year. There are no plans to extend the school year into summer.


  1. How will dual enrollment and AP students be affected by school closure?

High schools will be communicating with higher ed. institutions and students to ensure distance learning platforms are accessible for students to continue their studies.

AP teachers will be working with their students remotely to provide instruction and guidance to prepare them for the upcoming AP exam.


  1. Will ALC students be required to make up their time in ALC before returning to their home school?

This information is forthcoming as we receive guidance.


  1. How will you handle fundraisers that were already in progress when schools closed?

These situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis at the school level for now. Please reach out to your school principal (via email) for fundraiser information.


  1. How do I request a copy of my child’s transcript?

Contact the principal via email at the appropriate high school.


  1. How will credit recovery work for high school students who need to participate?

High school administrators/staff will be in contact (as needed) with students who are currently affected by credit recovery situations.


  1. What about state testing and ACT that was scheduled for this spring?

The Tennessee General Assembly waived end of year standardized tests including TNReady testing, EOC (End-of-Course) tests, and TCAP-Alternative testing. The lack of data from tests will not negatively impact our schools, teachers, students, or district.

We are awaiting further guidance on ACT testing for high school students.


  1. How will students’ final grades be calculated for this school year?

We are awaiting further guidance on student grading as a result of the extended school closure.


  1. How do I contact a school principal if I have questions?

Please contact principals via email (addresses provided below):

Alternative Learning Center

Steve Zurhellen


Austin Peay Elementary

Jill McIntyre


Atoka Elementary

Lisa Rose


Brighton Elementary

Latoya Avery


Brighton Middle

Sabrina Sneed-Matthews


Brighton High

Dr. Brian Norton


Covington Integrated Arts Academy

Christy Ross


Covington High

Mark McClain


Crestview Elementary

Anne Adams


Crestview Middle

Dr. Christopher Morris


Drummonds Elementary

Shelley Gough


Munford Elementary

Varissa Richardson


Munford Middle

Kathryn Huffman


Munford High

Dr. Courtney Fee


Teen Learning Center

Cetrice Bounds



  1. What is the status of extracurricular and athletic events and activities?

School closure includes classes, extracurricular activities, and sporting events as well as School-Aged Child Care.

For information from the TSSAA regarding spring sports, please visit their webpage at https://tssaa.org. We will also keep you informed as we receive updates from TSSAA.


  1. What does TCS recommend that parents and students be doing during the closure period?

 Most importantly, we ask that you follow guidelines concerning social distancing and limited travel/social interaction to remain safe and healthy.


  1. When is open enrollment for 2020-21?

Open enrollment information can be found on our district webpage at www.tipton-county.com under the “Parents” tab. Click on “Open Enrollment.” Additional information for 20-21 is forthcoming on the webpage link.





March 30, 2020


At Home Learning Opportunities
As we plan learning opportunities for our students during school closure, we will be providing learning packets as an optional resource for parents to use at home with students. Our schools are currently compiling the learning packets, and we plan to make them available to students online or in print in the coming days. Availability of the packets will be announced this week. In addition to the learning packets that are forthcoming, please check out the digital resources that are posted under the "Students" tab and then "Web Resources."
Another great opportunity for our students is being provided through a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and PBS to deliver daily instructional content to all Tennessee students. Please click the link below for additional information:
Updated Meal Opportunities for students





March 29, 2020


Here is the link for the Partners for Health site.  Please click the red and the gold banner for information on the coronavirus response from PartnersforHealth.




March 23, 2020


Click here for some helpful information From Partners for Health for our health plan members.





March 17, 2020




Brighton Baptist Church

132 East Woodlawn

Brighton, TN 38011



1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


First Baptist Church

2105 Hwy 59 West

Covington, TN 38019



First Presbyterian Church

403 South Main Street

Covington, TN 38019



1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


First United Methodist Church – Covington

145 West Church Avenue

Covington, TN 38019


Every 1st and 3rd Saturday


Gateway Baptist Church

3/23, 3/25, 3/27 to help our Tipton County families with non-perishables.

Please contact the church prior to coming at 901-837-8087.
Pick up will be from 10-12 at:
Munford Campus

145 Joe Joyner Road

Munford, TN 38058
Covington Campus

101 W. Court Square
Covington, TN 38019


Holly Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church

4538 Holly Grove Road

Brighton, TN 38011



Munford Methodist Church

57 South Tipton Street

Munford, TN 38058


Food Pantry on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


St. John Missionary Baptist Church

1998 Atoka Idaville Road

Atoka, TN 38004




If your church or organization would like to be on this list of resources,

please call 901-476-7148.





March 16, 2020


TCS provides free meals



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March 13, 2020


In collaboration with many of our surrounding school systems, Tipton County Schools will take an opportunity to thoroughly deep clean all of our facilities and buses over the course of the next two weeks. As a result, all Tipton County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th, through the end of Spring Break. This closure includes classes, extracurricular activities, and sporting events as well as School-Aged ChildCare.


We know this may be a hardship for some families, and we sincerely appreciate your support and understanding. This decision was not made without an abundance of input from local health representatives.


Please reference specific Health Department and CDC guidelines as posted on our TCS webpage for information and safety precautions.



March 12, 2020


CDC Coronavirus Information

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html (English)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html (Spanish)

CDC Handwashing Information:

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html (English)
https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/family_handwashing_esp-508.pdf (Spanish)

Talking to Children About COVID-19:









March 6, 2020


There has been a growing concern in our nation over the Coronavirus. Some of our employees have expressed potential concern, as well, and we would like to share what we know and what we are doing to alleviate as much of the concern as possible.

At this point, it is known that Coronavirus is a respiratory illness with symptoms much like influenza or “flu.” Its primary symptoms are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Symptoms usually appear anywhere between two to fourteen days after exposure. In most people, the illness produces mild to moderate symptoms that do not require hospitalization. However, just like with influenza, the elderly, people with chronic lung conditions and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk.


There are also some things that we don’t know for sure right now,  such as if the virus can be spread by people without symptoms , or how long the virus can remain on nonliving surfaces like doorknobs and bathroom faucets.  Our cleaning staff is disinfecting thoroughly every evening to make sure our buildings are as germ free as possible. 


In addition to keeping our environment as germ-free as possible, the following tips are standard best practices to avoid and limit the spreading of ANY type of germs: 

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth
  • If you have a cold, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches or fever, please keep to yourself as much as possible, or do not come to work if you are running a fever or feel that you may be contagious
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Fear, panic, and misinformation can be just as dangerous as an outbreak itself.  



For additional information we encourage you to seek a reputable source of news, such as the Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/  or the
World Health Organization. Tennessee-specific information can be found on the website at 
TN.gov/health.   We will continually update Tipton County Schools’ website under Latest News as information is received.

Our priority is our students and we are doing everything we can to make sure they are protected from harm of any kind.


-TCS Admin