Metro Nashville Public Schools will remain closed March 5-6 as the district continues to assess damage and make repairs to several facilities damaged by high winds and a tornado in the early morning hours March 3, according to a news release from the district. School district offices will be open.

Approximately two dozen schools remain without power as of the afternoon of March 4, the release said. Nashville Electric Service will continue to work on repairing broken poles and downed power lines throughout the affected areas.

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.

“We know that families are facing challenges due to their children suddenly being out of school,” interim Director Adrienne Battle said in the 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.”

MNPS officials are expected to make a separate announcement in the near future on the status of damaged schools in the coming days.

For more information on resources for affected families or for how to help, check out the district's resource page here.