As of March 11, The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed nine total cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the state, including two in Davidson County. There have been no identified cases among MNPS students, parents or staff members, according to the district.
“While there is no immediate threat to Metro Nashville Public Schools, I understand this is a quickly evolving situation, and closing for the rest of the week and through spring break will give us time to properly plan and evaluate what is in the best interest going forward,” interim Director of Schools Adrienne Battle said in the release. “Our teams will be using the next several days to develop contingency plans and safety precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our staff and students.”
Earlier on Wednesday, MNPS announced its plan to prevent the possible spread of the virus. The district said it 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.
According to the TDH, the virus is a respiratory disease presenting with fever, cough and shortness of breath. For more information about the virus, the TDH has launched a public information line at 877-857-2945 open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.