Shelby County Schools closed until further notice after Tennessee governor asks schools to remain closed through April 24

Gov. Bill Lee gives coronavirus briefing March 24

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Governor Bill Lee on Tuesday urged schools to keep their doors closed even longer because of the growing coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking Tuesday, the governor asked schools to stay closed through April 24.

In response, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray announced the decision to close the district until further notice.

“Our team is meeting daily to assess rapidly changing development and next steps,” said Ray. “We will continue to seek and adhere to all local, state and national guidance concerning this unprecedented outbreak, and make the best decision on behalf of children in Shelby County.”

>> We have list of school closures with their most recent updates -- this is list is regularly updated as schools provide information.

This comes as the state’s confirmed cases of coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, grow by the day.

Protecting yourself from coronavirus

Lee also said state workers are being asked to continue working remotely through April 24. Monday Shelby County, Memphis and many other Mid-South municipalities issued safer-at-home orders calling non-essential businesses to close and limit non-essential travel.

Lee says he’s unsure what combination of data or numbers will bring him to issue a statewide safer-at-home order. Until you have more testing and data available for what the spread of the virus may look like it’s hard to say what the state needs because each county, city and district is different.

Here is a list of resources for Mid-Southerners impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

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