COVID-19 case confirmed at MNPS elementary school; Parents react

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A faculty member with Metro Nashville Public Schools has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the district.

The positive case has been identified as an administrator with Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary in North Nashville.

As a result, 21 staff members and one student are required to be quarantined.

Metro students in grades Pre-K through 2nd returned for their first day of traditional learning on Tuesday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, students in those grades were in class for a half days with the first full day of learning on Thursday.

Shakita Peterson’s son attends Robert Churchwell Elementary. She said she knew a COVID-19 case could happen, but didn’t believe it would come so soon.

“I was shocked but I knew it was a possibility that it could happen you know, but I was shocked that it happened so fast — the first two days,” she said. “Virtual is hard on a lot of us but at the same time, you got to make sure your kids are safe. I’m telling him today that he can’t go [back] again.”

In a release, Metro Schools said students at Churchwell will transition back to virtual learning through Oct. 29. 

“While we believe the risk of transmission based on the circumstances of this situation is low, health protocols dictate that we take this step in order to protect the health and safety of staff and students,” said Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle, in a press release. “Our staff will continue to work with students to provide a meaningful learning experience in the virtual environment until the school can safely re-open.”

For now, the positive COVID-19 case will also delay the return date for students at Churchwell in grades 3-4 to Oct. 29. Other transitions dates remain the same:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, students in grades 5 and 6 
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, students in grades 7-8 
  • Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, high school students in grades 9-12 will return to classes.

News 2 asked Metro Schools if the incident will impact COVID-19 mitigation practices. A spokesperson sent us this statement,

“There have been no changes to the phase-in plan at this time. Based on the experiences of other school districts, we anticipated situations like this would occur. Protocols are in place to limit spread as much as possible, such as requiring masks at all times, but guidelines require quarantines for close contacts even when masks are worn. We will continue to monitor best practices and experiences of our schools and adjust plans and protocols when necessary,”

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(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

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