Multiple Tennessee schools closed for the rest of the week due to illness
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
Multiple School districts in Tennessee will be closed for the remainder of the week due to illness.
The following districts announced closures:
- Wilson County Schools
- Smith County Schools
- Jackson County Schools
- Coffee County Schools
- Lincoln County Schools
- Macon County Schools
- Humphreys County Schools
- Manchester City Schools
- Lebanon Special School District
- Lawrence County Schools
- Putnam County Schools
- Marshall County Schools
- Pickett County Schools
- Hickman County Schools closed Thursday.
- Giles County closed Thursday
- Cheatham County closed Friday
- Robertson County closed Friday and Tuesday Feb. 21
- Clay County closed Friday and Tuesday Feb. 21
- Wayne County Schools closed Friday
- Maury County Schools closed Friday
Wilson County School officials said the decision was made after 138 teachers across the district called in sick on Monday. Officials said 26 classrooms were left without a teacher Monday, a drastic change from Friday when the schools had a 90 percent attendance rate.
"Obviously, we don't want to close school for almost an entire week, unless the situation is very serious," Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright said. "The last thing we want is for this to spread to even more students and staff. Hopefully these four days off, plus the weekend, and the holiday on Monday will give everyone time to recuperate and come back well."
Wilson County schools decided to cancel classes for the rest of the week after 138 teachers called in sick, leaving 21 classrooms without an instructor.
“At some point you have to weigh the options and make a decision we decided it would be best to cancel school for the rest of the week,” Wilson County Schools Communications Director Jennifer Johnson said.
The news of the closure didn't come as a surprise for Wilson County baseball dad Robert Baines, whose wife teaches second grade South Side Elementary in Wilson County.
“She was out with the flu, achy basically all over, fever, and just really tired,” Baines said.
All Kid's Club locations in Wilson County will remain open this week and no athletic events shave been canceled, including the basketball tournament at Lebanon High School. Officials said 12-month staff members with the schools are not impacted by the closures and should report to work via their regular schedule.
Any Wilson County Schools related events, such a Valentine's Day parties, will be rescheduled for next week.
Cases of strep, the flu, and the norovirus have all been reported in middle Tennessee schools. Humphreys County Schools said due to widespread illness, the schools are also closing for the remainder of the week. Humphreys and Smith County Schools will reopen on Tuesday.
But Metro Nashville Public Schools said because its district is so big, they're more resilient to absences. It has not had to cancel class because of sick students since November 1991. The attendance rate right now is at 92 percent, which is normal for this time of year.
The Centers for Disease Control says there are some things you can do to prevent your kids from getting sick at home.
It recommends people keep their hands away from their face, disinfect all surfaces, and keep kids home from school if they do feel sick.