Reopening Schools in Tennessee: 80K classroom kits with masks, hand sanitizer to be distributed to teachers statewide

Keeping Schools Safe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL)- During Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Tuesday news briefing about COVID-19 across the state, a major focus of the conversation surrounded the upcoming school year.

Governor Lee officially announced the state’s recommendations for reopening schools for the 2020–21 school year.

One of the resources that will be available to teachers includes safety toolkits that will be provided statewide, according to Education Commissioner Dr. Penny Schwinn.

“The governor has very generously and I think very importantly lead the conversation on what we are providing to educators this year. 80,000 teacher kits, classroom kits will be provided,” Dr. Schwinn said. ”That includes everything from a year supply of face masks, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and other needs that teachers will have in order to ensure that they will keep themselves and their classrooms safe. We never want teachers to feel like they have to take out of their own pocketbooks to make sure they can keep their classrooms safe and healthy.”

She added that Tennessee was the only state in the country that will be providing a “teacher-specific and a teacher-driven” classroom kit for the entire year, for every teacher.

News 2 digs deeper into how schools are moving forward safely for the new academic year. See how other districts around Middle Tennessee are handling everything from classroom concerns to the future of sports in our special series. Click here to see more.

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