Cora Howe School returns to virtual learning after 3 staff members test positive for COVID-19


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A school for students with disabilities within Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is returning to virtual learning through October 13 after three staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Cora Howe, a special day school, is reverting back to virtual learning at the recommendation of the Metro Public Health Department after three staff members reported positive COVID-19 results to the administration.

In a statement released to the media, Sean Braisted, the spokeman for MNPS said the quarantine is “out of an abundance of caution due to the medically fragile nature of many students at the school.”

Cora Howe is one of the Metro schools that offered in-person classes starting Sept. 16, and the district said 33 students opted in to return.

One is Rania Ross’ 12th grade son. News 2 found her distraught after picking him up from school and getting the news.

“I have a problem because I’m single mom, I have a special needs kid, only one. I don’t know how I can… pay rent, I don’t have any idea,” she explained, “I don’t have anyone to stay with my son.”

Ross said she just moved here and just started a new job a store cashier. She fear she will now lose her job.

A total of 67 schools started allowing only students with disabilities back on campus as of Sept. 23.

As Ross explained, these are the families and students that struggle the most with virtual learning during this pandemic.

“This is very hard with him, I can’t do it. I can’t start with him online again. It’s very, very, very bad situation, and very bad idea online at home,” she said.

Anyone with resources that Ross could access can email her at

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