Tennessee governor asks schools to close

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 16, 2020 at 11:18 AM

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued a statement Monday morning encouraging schools statewide to close as soon as possible to avoid spread of the novel coronavirus.

Below is the statement:

“As the response to COVID-19 evolves, I urge every school district in Tennessee to close as soon as practically possible, with all schools expected to close by Friday, March 20, 2020 at the latest. Schools should remain closed through March 31, 2020 to further mitigate the spread of this infectious disease and we will issue further guidance prior to March 31. 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. 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.”

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.

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