Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has asked all school districts in the state to close as soon as possible.
He expects all schools to close by Friday, March 20, at the latest.
It’s part of the state’s response to COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.
“Schools should remain closed through March 31 to further mitigate the spread of this infectious disease, and we will issue further guidance prior to March 31,” Lee said in an announcement on Monday morning.
“Superintendents and local leadership have the full support of my administration to determine effective dates for closure this week as they evaluate what is best for families within their respective districts,” Lee said. “We understand the tremendous burden school closure places on families, and we will continue to work with both the federal government and school districts to ensure we continue essential supports like meals for students in need. Every Tennessean has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and I urge Tennesseans to be quick to help neighbors as new needs surface with the closure of schools.”
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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