Gov. Bill Lee recommends schools close through April 24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has released a statement following Gov. Bill Lee’s announcement Tuesday, recommending schools across the state remain closed until April 24.

Below is Commissioner Schwinn’s statement in full:

“This is an unprecedented time for our country and state and we thank Governor Lee for his leadership in protecting the health and wellbeing of Tennessee’s students and teachers. We know school closures represent a significant disruption for families and students and the recommendation to extend them has not been considered lightly.” 

“The Department of Education team will continue to work closely with our districts as they serve students and families during this time. We are committed to doing whatever we can to support our district leaders as they make the necessary decisions to ensure students can continue to access critical meal and other services, as well as receive high-quality academic instruction while they are out of school.” 

“Even in the midst of these challenges, we have seen an incredible outpouring from districts, schools, and teachers going above and beyond to ensure students continue to have access to food and have the supports they need to continue learning. This is a huge testament to our resilience as a state and the dedication of our educators and leaders.” 

The release says the Tennessee Department of Education will continue to update their guidance to school districts on their website.

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