Williamson County Schools, Franklin Special School District to close for remainder of 2019-20 school year

Students have been out of school since early March. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Students have been out of school since early March. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Students have been out of school since early March. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Following a recommendation from Gov. Bill Lee, officials with Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District announced April 15 that all campuses will remain closed through the remainder of the school year.

Schools in the districts have been closed since before spring break after the state's first case of coronavirus was discovered in the county. School closures have been extended since then as the number of cases has continued to rise statewide.

The state has already waived testing and some graduation requirements for the school year, and students will not receive grades lower than what they had received as of March 20, according to a decision from the Tennessee State Board of Education.

"While school sites remain closed, teachers and staff continue to work to provide resources for students and families," WCS officials said in a social media post. "Teachers will continue reaching out to students to share opportunities to improve their semester grades, to share daily or weekly pacing guides or to provide other supports through the end of the school year."

FSSD officials said the district's free meal plan will continue on a bi-weekly basis on Mondays and Thursdays at Liberty Elementary School and the Poplar Grove campus.

"We will continue to send frequent updates with information and resources via email, our website, and social media channels," FSSD officials said in a letter to students and parents. "We remain grateful for your patience and know that we will get through this together. We strongly encourage you to reach out via email or phone to your child’s teacher, counselor, principal or district office if you need help. We are checking messages daily and we stand ready to serve."

WCS officials said for students who were expecting to graduate this school year, a ceremony will still be held; however, plans are still being finalized.

"We will be celebrating graduates whether it is in person, virtually or a combination of the two," officials said. "Those plans will be shared by your principal when completed."

For students continuing online learning at home, FSSD officials have sent a reminder that the city of Franklin is offering free Wi-Fi hot spots for the public to use while practicing social distancing.

Hot spots can be found at:

  • Downtown Franklin in the square

  • Harlinsdale Farm

  • Eastern Flank Battlefield Park

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.


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