School closings updates

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 16, 2020 at 1:33 PM

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a statement Monday morning asking schools statewide to close as soon as possible to avoid the transmission of the novel coronavirus among children and staff. We will keep a list here of any COVID-19-related schedule changes.

Washington County

Washington County Schools will be be closed March 18 through March 27. Spring break will still be March 30 through April 3. The ACT test scheduled for March 17 at David Crockett and Daniel Boone high schools will still be held to ensure that college applications can be completed on time.

All athletics (games and practices) will be postponed until further notice. Washington County schools will continue to monitor the situation and update the pubic when new information is available and decisions are made.

Johnson City

After careful consideration and discussions with our local and state partners, along with the recommendation of Governor Lee, Johnson City Schools will be closed until April 6, as we continue to monitor the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes all extra-curricular activities, all theater and music performances, and athletic activities, including practices.

While we are currently on spring break, our administrative staff has been working on plans for child care, meals, instructional resources and making counselors available for both staff and students during closure. As soon as those plans are finalized, we will release them to the public.

As of now, all Educare sites will remain open. At those sites, staff and students will have daily temperature screenings and practice proper procedures for social distancing. As soon as more information becomes available, we will notify the public.

Please check Johnson City Schools website, www.jcschools.org, for the most recent updates.

Johnson County

Due to the current concerns over the COVID-19 Virus, Johnson County Schools will be closing effective Tuesday until Tuesday, April 14. At that time administrators will reassess the situation based upon guidelines provided by the regional health department and the CDC.

Students are encouraged to take all school materials and personal items home with them during this time. We are currently working on a plan to distribute meals for those who need them.

More information concerning instructional materials and lessons will be coming in the following hours.

Unicoi County

Unicoi County Schools will close from March 17 to April 13 due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). This includes all school-sponsored travel, extra-curricular and athletic activities. Please be aware that as we approach the end of this closure, additional assessment will take place regarding when and how school will resume.

We are currently working on a plan to feed children and will provide detailed information later today.

Bristol (Tenn.), Kingsport and Sullivan County

With the support of the Sullivan County Health Department, Bristol City Schools, Kingsport City Schools and Sullivan County Schools will be closed, effective immediately, through Friday, March 27. This includes all extra-curricular and athletic activities. Please be aware that as we approach the end of this two-week closure, additional assessment will take place regarding when and how school will resume. Additional information will be communicated to you at this time with those emails.

Also, each school district will be in communication with you with details specific to your individual situation regarding instruction, food, staff expectations, etc. Please be on the lookout for that information from your individual district.

Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology are on extended spring break for students this upcoming week, with in-person classes cancelled for the week of March 16-20.

St. Mary’s Catholic School

All 10 schools in the Diocese of Knoxville will remain closed through April 13. Students St. Mary’s Catholic School in Johnson City will begin at-home learning March 23. Students in St. Dominic’s in Kingsport will do the same March 30. Iowa assessments for elementary grades will be administered the week of April 20.

Last week, the Diocese suspended all athletics, extracurricular activities, fine arts, fundraising and other school-related events.


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