Tennessee schools close at governor’s request while state battles coronavirus

Gov. Lee recommends closing all Tennessee schools for remainder of school year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he recommends all schools remain closed through the remainder of the semester.

The governor previously asked schools to close through April 24.

This comes as the state’s confirmed COVID-19 cases grow by the day.

“This pandemic has created many challenges for families, teachers and for students and classroom time has been lost. Students have lost a significant amount of learning time and we are committed to provide resources to keep our students engaged over the next several weeks,” said Lee.

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Many districts, including Shelby County Schools, have not been inside a classroom in more than a month.

SCS responded to the governor’s announcement with a statement, saying they share Lee’s concern about students’ health during the pandemic. The district said they are finalizing their long-term plans for the year.

Lee believes all school districts will comply -- many of which have already done so, including the Shelby County municipal school districts, Achievement School District and more.

Lee’s announcement comes on the same day SCS released their instructional guide for teachers and students while out of schools called “Roadmap to Continuous Learning”

Coming up Wednesday night at 10, we’re checking in with more school districts to get their response to the governor’s recommendation.

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