Oak Ridge Schools are closing at the end of the day today (Monday, March 16) after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee asked all school districts in the state to close as soon as possible.
Oak Ridge school buildings will be closed, and there will be no extracurricular activities or practices.
The governor expects all schools to stay closed through at least Tuesday, March 31. Oak Ridge Schools are currently on spring break, and they could extend the break using 10 snow/emergency days. That means students might not return to school until Wednesday, April 15, Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers said in a recorded phone call to parents early Monday afternoon.
But no decision about that has been made yet, Borchers said.
The school district is planning for online learning for students in grades five through 12 and working on instructional packages for children in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade.
The district is also working on a food service plan for children under 18, Borchers said.
The statewide school closures are part of Tennessee’s response to try to limit the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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