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Thanks to Everyone!

posted May 24, 2021, 8:43 AM by Kurt Dronebarger

Thank you to the entire White County school community for a successful year.

White County Schools has appreciated your cooperation, effort, and attitude during this most difficult season.

Here are some quick end-of-the-year announcements. 

If you are registered for Summer School, please be reminded that the dates are June 7th - July 2nd. 

Drop off is at 7:45 am and pick up is by 3:15 pm each day. 

Bus transportation is provided and estimated bus times can be found on the district website.

The White County Health Department is currently vaccinating children ages 12 and up at their location.

Also, remember that there are required vaccines for students entering Kindergarten and 7th grade.

Summertime is a great time to get all of your vaccines up to date. 

Qualifying families can receive a $50 discount on internet service each month. Call Ben Lomand for details.

Finally, the best way to contact your school in the summer is by sending the principal an email.

The Board of Education office is open from 8:00 am -3:00 pm each day. 

You can find most of the information you need on our website at www.whitecoschools.net

Thank you again for your support of White County Schools. We want to wish you an incredibly safe, healthy, and happy summer break!

Masks are Optional in White County Schools

posted May 13, 2021, 8:00 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

Beginning May 14th, 2021, face coverings are optional for all White County students and staff. The school board voted to make this change at their May board meeting. Masks will be optional for the remainder of the school year and for Summer School. We expect to start the 2021-22 school year with masks optional as well. Thank you for your cooperation through this most difficult year. 

Masks, Summer School, and VIP

posted Apr 30, 2021, 1:36 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

There have been several questions regarding the application of the Governor's Executive Order No. 80 to school districts. This removal of authority allowing county mayors to issue a mask mandate does not impact a school board's ability to decide whether or not to implement a mask mandate. Under Tennessee Code Annotated § 49-2-203, local boards of education have the authority to “manage and control all public schools established or that may be established under its jurisdiction.” This matter may be addressed at the next school board meeting on May 13th and school ends on May 21st. It will be the Director's recommendation to the school board that masks remain in place through the last day of school. 

Summer School

The deadline to enroll in summer school for students in grades K-8 has been extended until Monday, May 3rd. Families are urged to register at their student’s school or online at www.whitecoschools.net. The summer school program will be held June 7th - July 2nd, from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm daily. Transportation and meals will be provided. For more information, please contact your child's school or visit the district website.

Virtual Instruction Program (VIP)
White County Schools will not offer a Virtual Instruction Program during the 2021-22 school year. We have been proud to offer this option to families during this difficult season, but our plan is for all students to experience in-person learning in the coming school year. Students currently participating in the VIP program will not have to re-enroll. The school district will automatically place these students in their zoned school for the next school year. If you have any questions surrounding VIP, you may call Mr. Shaun Floyd at 931-836-2229. 

End-of-Year Awards Update

posted Apr 23, 2021, 9:44 AM by Kurt Dronebarger

After careful consideration, White County schools plan to offer some in-person award ceremonies at local schools. Programs will be provided for grades K, 5, 8, and 12 only at their respective schools. Each child will receive four (4) tickets for in-person attendance by visitors. The events will also be streamed live via the internet. Each school will provide parents and guardians with detailed information specific to their events. Masks will be required for entry and participation at all locations. Due to limited space, social distancing may be difficult at some venues, but it will be encouraged. Thank you for your cooperation as we attempt to celebrate students at the completion of a most difficult school year. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s school for assistance.

End of the Year Events

posted Apr 16, 2021, 1:08 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

Dear Parents,
As you know, White County Schools have attempted all year to follow the health and safety guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the TN Department of Health concerning COVID-19. This has allowed us to be in school, in-person all year while some systems never returned to school. Currently, although our community is seeing improvement in the number of COVID-related cases, there has been no change in the CDC/TDH position on public gatherings. Therefore, the decision to restrict end-of-the-year events has been made. 

High school seniors will be holding their award ceremony without visitors and will be live-streaming the event for parents to see. With that in mind, the rest of the district schools have chosen to follow suit. Individual schools are responsible for sharing information concerning their unique events. High school graduation will take place in-person but with many restrictions in place. This event is calculated risk itself, but it is the culminating achievement of an academic career, and for that reason, it is the one which we will strive to provide in-person. 

This year, our school system has also followed the TSSAA guidelines for sporting events. However, at these games, we have witnessed the lack of cooperation by many of our visitors who would not wear masks and did not social distance. Our schools also have constraints of time, space, and logistics which would make these in-person events nearly impossible to have and control. These are just some of the many reasons why administrators have chosen to restrict end-of-the-year events. 

I know that this is disappointing news, and that COVID has been unfair to all of us in some form or fashion. I too, share in your disappointment. Personally, I did not get to see my oldest child graduate from college, and I think we can all agree that is a pretty big accomplishment. But ultimately, we have achieved our goal of being in school all year and our students will be better off in the long run because of the sacrifices we have made along the way. 

I would love nothing more than to say "off with the masks and come on in", but sadly, we are not there yet. I do look forward to those days, but in the meantime, White County Schools will continue to follow the suggested safety guidelines until advised otherwise. I do hope you understand and I wish your family health and wellness as we complete the school year. 

Kurt Dronebarger
Director of Schools

Spring Break

posted Mar 19, 2021, 8:10 AM by Kurt Dronebarger

Spring Break is March 22-26 and all schools will be closed, however, the Board of Education office will be open for business. The district would like to thank the entire school community for their effort in making this most-difficult year a success. After Spring break, there will be 8 weeks left in the school year. Much information can be expected after Spring Break including updates on graduation, testing, and summer school. Happy Spring Break White County! We will see you back at school on March 29, 2021. 

1.22.21 Status Quo and Plan B

posted Jan 22, 2021, 7:18 AM by Kurt Dronebarger

Dear School Family,
Thankfully, the effects of the Coronavirus on schools are manageable at this time. Currently, the infection rate is seeing a downward trend and our quarantine numbers in the schools are at a low and safe level. Therefore, for the time being, White County Schools will continue to be open in-person until further notice. 

IF THE SITUATION CHANGES, you will be notified about our plan to move to at-home, virtual learning for one entire week. You will be given ample time (1-week's notice) to prepare for this change in delivery. The thought behind this measure is to separate the school community for a short time, to reset the quarantine numbers, and to allow for in-person learning to resume as soon as possible. 

Again, as of now, there is no change scheduled and it is our desire to continue in-person learning as long as possible. So for now, carry on White County. Please think of others first, wear a mask, social distance, and consider taking the vaccine as we all look forward to healthier days. Be well!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

posted Dec 28, 2020, 6:33 AM by Kurt Dronebarger   [ updated Jan 2, 2021, 7:18 AM ]

White County Schools would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! So long, 2020. School will resume in-person on January 4th, 2021. Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when available, the White County school district will still follow safety protocols including masks and social distancing until doctors advise that it is safe to do otherwise. Please be aware that the TSSAA has further restricted the attendance of sporting events due to COVID-19. Therefore, the general public will not be permitted to attend athletic contests (including basketball) until further notice. The home games will be broadcast on TV and or Youtube and Facebook. Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation and we wish your family good health and a speedy return to normalcy in 2021. 

School Buildings Closed Thanksgiving Week

posted Nov 13, 2020, 1:32 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

In response to a rising infection rate of COVID-19 in our community, White County school buildings will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving, November 23-27. Although Monday and Tuesday of that week were originally scheduled as regular school days, now these two days will be virtual learning days. Teachers will provide educational activities for students via Google Classroom. For those who do not have internet connectivity, paper copies will be provided. 

The idea is to create a 9-day period of social distancing in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. We will return to school, in-person on Monday, November 30th. The buildings will be closed during this time with the exception of scheduled athletic events. The school board offices will also be closed, however, you can reach any administrator by email during the break.

I want to encourage everyone to stay home, stay socially distanced, and to stay healthy. Please be part of the solution and make wise decisions when considering interactions with other people and as always, wear a mask. I wish you and your family the best of health and a happy Thanksgiving. 

Quarantine: It's not a school policy. It is a state order.

posted Sep 16, 2020, 1:35 PM by Kurt Dronebarger

Date 9.16.20


Dear White County School Community,


We are doing everything in our power to ensure the safest environment possible while continually providing education to our students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of our top priorities is protecting students, families, and staff, so our school district is following strict guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health for the management of individuals diagnosed with or exposed to, COVID-19.


When we are notified of an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 having been present in a school we, along with our local health department, will immediately begin an investigation to determine who may have been in close contact (within six feet for at least 15 minutes) with that individual.  All who have been identified as close contacts will be notified and instructed to quarantine at home for 14 days from their last contact with that individual or until otherwise advised by the health department. Quarantined individuals are not allowed to return to school or any extracurricular activities until the quarantine period has elapsed.


Individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 are to self-isolate at home for ten days from the onset of their symptoms. The individual must be fever-free for 24 hours and have improving symptoms before leaving isolation and returning to school.


While COVID-19 does not cause illness in every person who becomes infected, it is highly contagious. If we work together with students, parents, staff, volunteers, and the Tennessee Department of Health, we can avoid closing our schools.


Contact [your/your child's] medical provider for guidance if [you develop/your child develops] any of the COVID-19 symptoms. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and loss of smell or taste. It is not necessary to obtain a COVID-19 test unless [you develop/your child develops] symptoms of COVID-19.


If you have questions about this information, please contact your medical provider, your school, or your local health department.




Kurt Dronebarger

Director of Schools

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