WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Wilson County Schools will be closed to all students Friday due to projected insufficient staffing related to COVID-19.
The district announced Wednesday the reason for the closure is its “projected inability to sufficiently staff schools due to impacts of recent COVID-19 related illnesses and quarantines.”
The district added that by taking this additional day before next week’s Thanksgiving Break, it will “give our affected staff some added time to recover from those recent illnesses.”
Bart Barker, the district’s spokesman, said nearly 200 staff members were out last week and the projection for this Friday was even higher, adding the number of substitute teachers is down as well.
“When you can see a storm in the distance, you don’t go through it, you go around it and try again another day,” Barker said.
According to Wilson County’s COVID-19 dashboard, half of Wilson County Schools have at least one administrator who’s tested positive for COVID-19. News 2 asked Barker if this is a sign 100% virtual schedule could be next.
“It comes down to what those numbers look like beyond Thanksgiving break,” Barker said. “We hope to see a more encouraging trend when we return, there’s no guaranties, but if there is a change in any teaching or learning plans that requires us to go remote district-wide, our parents will know very quickly.”
Friday will be treated as a Stockpile Day, with no expectations from students, according to the district.
Teachers will report to schools that day and all KIDS Club and TLC activities will still be open.
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