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COVID-19, which stands for coronavirus disease 2019, is caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2. 

The Department of Education established a partnership with PBS stations across the state to offer first- through eighth-grade students up to 30 hours of instructional lessons a week. 

Tennessee teachers teaching with Tennessee curriculum makes the instruction possible. 

The state also worked to ensure there is support for early literacy through a partnership with an early education app, ReadyRosie, which provides short videos and free resources on topics like literacy and math for Tennessee families with children from birth to third grade. 

With the passage of the federal funding through the CARES Act, the department plans to deploy one-time relief funds to school districts as soon as the funding becomes available. Federal funds will support meal preparation and distribution, extended learning opportunities for all students, internet and hardware accessibility and address student needs related to homeless and high-mobility populations. 

Partnership with Nextdoor

Tennessee partnered with Nextdoor to provide official, real-time information to the Tennesseans about the state’s response to COVID-19.

The partnership will allow state officials to reach thousands of neighborhoods with critical information during the unprecedented time.

All Tennessee neighbors on Nextdoor will automatically receive messages. Anyone who is not on Nextdoor but interested in joining a Nextdoor neighborhood may visit nextdoor.com to download the free app.

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