CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Harpeth High School will be closing for two weeks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, according to the Cheatham County School District Facebook page.
School officials apologized for having to make this ‘last minute’ decision, but said after consulting with the Cheatham County Health Department, they felt it was the right choice.
Harpeth High School began to dismiss students at 11:45 a.m. Monday. Buses are running normal routes Monday afternoon, but if parents want to pick up their child, they can follow the proper check-out protocols.
In-person students can return to school on Tuesday, September 29.
During this time, all students will be transitioned to remote learning. Students must log in daily to be counted as present and to receive all remote assignments.
No athletic practices, games or extra-curricular activities will be held during this two week period.
Parent Trey Johnston’s oldest son is a football and basketball player at Harpeth High.
“He was very lucky,” Johnston said. “He’s been battling an ankle injury the entire football season. He hurt it at an AAU tournament. So, he was about to sit down and let that ankle heal for the next two weeks. So, selfishly, it’s actually a good thing for him with sports. But, typically he’d be crushed. And his friends are frustrated obviously. They want to play!”
The building will be disinfected during this time. Seniors will take the ACT on the scheduled make-up day on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
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