Both MNPS and the Metro Health Department are monitoring the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and keeping the public informed with regular updates. As of today, there is no plan to close schools in Davidson county, but here is what MNPS has said about that possibility:
If the Health Department or other agencies declare a public health emergency requiring residents to limit contact with other people, MNPS would implement the inclement weather plan and close schools until the emergency declaration was lifted. We would work with our community partners to ensure meals were offered for families in need.
Interim Director of Schools Adrienne Battle addressed both tornado recovery efforts and coronavirus preparedness in a call-out to parents earlier today:
I’m calling to let you know that schools will be open tomorrow, Monday, March 9, after a long week of recovery from the tornado damage. I’m so grateful to all the students, parents, and staff who have pitched in to help restore our city and our schools.
We are sympathetic to students and families facing adverse situations due to last week’s storms. For the upcoming week, students who do not attend school due to displacement by the weather or other family circumstances related to the aftermath of the storm will be excused. Parents affected by the storm can call their child’s school for further guidance and support.
As you may have heard, there has been one instance of coronavirus identified in Nashville. We have been in close contact with the Metro Health Department and schools will remain open unless closure guidance is issued stating that there is a threat to our schools or students.
We’ve been taking steps as a district to clean our schools with anti-viral chemicals that are approved by the CDC to kill the coronavirus, and will continue to review and update policies to ensure they are in compliance with the latest recommendations by public health officials.
You can help us to prevent the spread of germs and virus in the district. If your child shows flu-like symptoms such as a fever or cough, please keep them home and let your school administrators know. Staff members showing symptoms should also stay home to protect the health and safety of others in the district.
You can visit mnps.org/health for continual updates on how you can keep yourself and your families safe from the spread of the coronavirus. We’ll keep you updated on any changes as it relates to the tornado recovery or coronavirus.
The Metro Health Department has a special page on its website with coronavirus information and resources, located here.