MILLINGTON, Tenn. (WMC) - As Shelby County health officials brace for a surge in cases following the holidays, some students in the county are back in school, including Millington Municipal Schools.
“We decided with the expectations that were coming with the Shelby County Health Department with the big surge, that we would go all virtual this week,” said Bo Griffin, Millington Municipal Schools Superintendent.
Griffin says they want to be proactive since the Shelby County Health Department is expecting a rise in cases. The district will return to its hybrid model the following week starting Monday, January 11.
“We know that in-person learning is the best, but this is the best we can do right now with what’s going on,” he said.
Griffin added that a couple of teachers tested positive over the holiday break. Students on the basketball team are also having to quarantine.
“Not a situation with one of the players, but a family member of one of the players. Just being precautious. Doing the right thing,” he said.
Griffin says the school year has no doubt been challenging, but he is proud of how educators have stepped up.
Educators have been moved up the list for the order of who can be vaccinated in Tennessee. Griffin is waiting to learn more from local health officials about the rollout. He says when the time comes, he will take the vaccine.
“Got to lead by example,” he said.