Metro Nashville Public Schools will remain closed March 4 as the district continues to repair several facilities that sustained damage after high winds and at least one tornado hit the Middle Tennessee area in the early morning hours March 3, according to a news release from the district.

“We know that families are facing challenges due to their children suddenly being out of school,” interim Director Adrienne Battle said in a news release. “We’re sensitive to those issues and eager to get students back in classrooms as soon as possible, but the extent of the tornado’s impact requires us to take at least one more day. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this extraordinary situation.”

Along with before- and after-school care programs, after-school activities will be cancelled, including sports practice, games, performances and parent meetings. MNPS offices will also be closed.

According to the district, approximately two dozen schools are without power as of the afternoon of March 3. Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School and Meigs Magnet Middle School, located north and east of downtown Nashville, respectively, sustained heavy damage and will remain closed until further notice. The district said the repairs are expected to take between three to eight weeks.

“Nashville is in a great time of need, with many of our staff and families working to rebuild after the devastating storm damage,” Battle said. “Our people, whether employees, students, or their families, are the heart of MNPS, and this is an opportunity for us to come together and show our love. I’m encouraging all staff and community volunteers who are in a position to assist, to join me in coming together and lending a helping hand.”

The district will provide additional updates as soon as more information is available, according to the release.