UPDATED: Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District closed rest of week due to coronavirus concerns

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Schools in Williamson County will remain closed through March 13 due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, according to district officials. Williamson County Schools plans to resume classes on March 23 following spring break.

Franklin Special School District will also be closed for the remainder of the week, according to an announcement on the district's website.

On March 10, WCS announced that a Brentwood area parent tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week. The district said it is still working with local health officials to determine the impact this may have on area schools.

“As you know, WCS has been communicating with officials from both the Tennessee Department of Health and the Williamson County Health Department as we have made decisions regarding school closures this week,” WSC officials said in a social media post. “After consulting with them today, WCS will be closed for the remainder of the week. We are continuing to adapt our preparedness plan to specifically address COVID-19, and we will be sending you additional information regarding this prior to our students and staff returning from spring break.”

As of March 11, The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed nine total cases of coronavirus in the state, including five in Williamson County.


Read the full announcement from WCS below:



Updated March 10, 7:45 p.m. Williamson County Schools closed through March 11 after parent tests positive for Coronavirus

Schools in Williamson County will remain closed through March 11 after a Brentwood area parent tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, according to district officials. The district is still working with local health officials to determine the impact this may have on area schools.

"The Tennessee Department of Health completed its investigation today and confirmed that the parent had COVID-19," WCS officials said in a social media post. "The department implemented their protocols and those in direct contact with the parent while symptomatic have been notified."

Read the full announcement from WCS below:



Original post, March 10, 8 a.m.: Williamson County Schools close March 10 after parent tests positive for Coronavirus

Officials with Williamson County Schools announced early in the morning March 10 that schools will close for testing after a parent visiting the school tested positive for Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

According to WCS, a parent in the Brentwood area tested positive for Coronavirus and had visited the school prior to their diagnosis.

"We are working with the Tennessee Department of Health who has notified us that they will begin investigating this report today including investigating any contact with WCS faculty, staff and students, if needed," officials said in a social media post.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, the number of confirmed cases in the state is still at four, with three of those in the Middle Tennessee region. As of the morning of March 10, schools in the Franklin Special School District remain open. Battleground Academy announced on its website it will also be closed March 10.

According to WCS Superintendent Jason Golden, the days missed will be counted as inclement weather days. The district built in 10 days as part of the 2019-20 calendar and the district has six inclement days remaining as of March 10.

See the full post from WCS below:

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.