COVID-19 forces Polk County Schools to close for a week

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POLK COUNTY, Tenn. – Polk County Schools are closed to the public from August 30 to September 3 because of COVID-19 in the district.

The school system cited “severe staffing shortages and student absences related to COVID-19 and other sicknesses.

Students and teachers won’t be participating in remote learning this week either due to the governor’s regulations. Last week, Governor Bill Lee stated he didn’t plan to issue an executive order that allowed for online learning.

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn has gone on to clarify that entire schools can close, but districts cannot. If an individual school closes, then it doesn’t have to use the allotted inclement weather days. However, the rule doesn’t apply to entire districts.

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