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Governor Lee recommends closure of schools for remainder of school year

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Wednesday that he is recommending that schools remain closed through the end of the school year.

“Our department of education will work with local leaders. We want to make sure to be flexible with districts across the state. They have critical year-end activities to complete and prepare for next year,” said Lee. “This pandemic has created many challenges for families, teachers and students. Classroom time has been lost. Students have lost a significant amount of learning time. We will continue to provide resources to keep our students engaged over the next several weeks. “

Tennessee education commissioner Penny Schwinn announced Wednesday the formation of a COVID-19 child well-being task force to create support for students during this lengthy layoff.

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“We have important work ahead,” said Schwinn. “We just want to ensure our children continue learning. We will open schools next year and students will enter new grades. Being out of school this long has implications for the well-being of our students. It will take all of us to ensure safety and well being during this closure.”

Schwinn said the task force is currently being formed. 

While closing was staggered across the state, schools in Coffee County have been closed since the middle of March due to this pandemic. Coffee County Schools announced just yesterday that it plans to continue with high school graduation on May 22 – but also announced backup dates for graduation in case that event needs to be postponed. Thunder Radio will keep you up to date. 


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