Metro Nashville Public Schools announces plan for coronavirus preparedness

On March 10, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced the policies it has in place amid concerns over the coronavirus. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
On March 10, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced the policies it has in place amid concerns over the coronavirus. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

On March 10, Metro Nashville Public Schools announced the policies it has in place amid concerns over the coronavirus. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, Metro Nashville Public Schools officials announced March 10 the district’s plans to prevent the possible spread of the virus.

As of March 11, there is one confirmed case of coronavirus in Davidson County, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

The district said there have been no identified cases among MNPS students, parents or staff members.

In Williamson County, which has four of the state's seven confirmed cases, schools remained closed March 11 after a Brentwood area parent tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week.

“In the event of a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in an MNPS staff member or student, MNPS will follow guidance from the Metro Public Health Department on whether to close and for how long, in addition to providing information and guidance to families about the situation and how to protect themselves and their families,” the release states.


According to the plan, the district urges students who exhibit symptoms such as fever and cough to remain at home and not return to school until they are without fever for 24 hours. In the event of extended absences, officials said school staff members will work with families to provide lessons and homework.

The district’s human resources department said it is also working with city officials to develop policies that will allow for employees to stay home if they are showing symptoms and to “ensure they are not financially penalized if self-isolation or quarantine is deemed necessary.”

Additionally, the district said it has asked its contracted janitorial service to prioritize sanitation by using antiviral chemicals approved by the CDC to clean surfaces, such as desks, counters, door handles, tables and water fountains.

As of March 8, the TDH State Public Health Laboratory has been authorized to run testing for coronavirus seven days a week. For more information about the virus, the TDH has launched a public information line at 877-857-2945, which is open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.


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