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Coping with coronavirus: Hardin County Schools close starting March 17

Gov. Bill Lee on Monday morning urged every school district in the state to close as soon as practically possible – at the latest by Friday, March 20.
He asked schools to remain closed until Tuesday, March 31.
Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis said Hardin County schools will close Tuesday through April 3, with an expected return on Monday, April 6.
“With direction coming from Go. Lee this morning, the decision has been made to cancel school beginning tomorrow through April 3. We have eight stockpile days we will use during this time and spring break next week,” Davis said.
He said West Hardin Elementary has only seven stockpile days due to October’s windstorm, and plans to request a waiver from the Tennessee Commissioner of Education if and when it becomes necessary.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and hopefully be able to return to school on Monday, April 6. I appreciate everyone’s support through these trying times and continue to pray for our community and country. I plan to send out this information to everyone at 1 p.m. today in order to keep things as normal as possible for our teachers and students,” Davis said.
Regarding school meals for students who depend on them, Davis said school officials are making plans to continue meal service.
The plan being discussed is for eight stations to be set up throughout the county to prepare and deliver meals to the homes of students, and for two schools in Savannah to have meals for those who prefer to pick them up, he said.
Full details will be released when school officials have firmed up the logistics of the plan, which he expects to be by 1 p.m. today.
Lee said in a statement this morning that “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.”

1 Comment

  1. Alice Scroggins on March 16, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    THANK YOU ! As grandparents in the High Risk group we are very relieved. We have been self quarantined since last Friday after school .

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