03
March
2020
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11:00 PM
America/Chicago

Metro Schools to Be Closed Again Wednesday Due to Storm Damage, Power Outages

Metro Nashville Public Schools will be closed again Wednesday as the district continues to repair damage and deal with power outages caused by the powerful tornado that tore through North Nashville, Germantown, East Nashville and other areas early this morning.

“We know that families are facing challenges due to their children suddenly being out of school,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, interim director of Metro Schools. “We’re sensitive to those issues and eager to get students back in classrooms as soon as possible, but the extent of the tornado’s impact requires us to take at least one more day. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this extraordinary situation.”

Before and after care programs will be closed. All after-school activities are canceled as well, including sports practice, games (except for TSSAA tournament games), performances, parent meetings, etc.

YMCA Fun Company will operate inclement weather sites at the following schools (subject to change based on facility assessment):

  • Hattie Cotton- 1033 W Greenwood Ave
  • Harpeth Valley- 2840 Learning Ln
  • Norman Binkley- 4700 W Longdale Dr
  • KIPP Antioch- 3655 Murfreesboro Pike
  • Tulip Grove- 441 Tyler Drive

District offices will be closed, and 12-month employees will not report unless otherwise notified by their supervisor.

Metro Schools will be operating a volunteer resource center at East Nashville Magnet High School from 9:30AM to 4:30PM on Wednesday where employees who wish to help can report and be connected with opportunities to assist families and fellow staff who need it the most. Employees and members of the community may also drop off school supplies, canned food goods, standard school attire, or other items that would be beneficial during this emergency.

“Nashville is in a great time of need, with many of our staff and families working to rebuild after the devastating storm damage,” said Dr. Battle. “Our people, whether employees, students, or their families, are the heart of MNPS, and this is an opportunity for us to come together and show our love. I’m encouraging all staff and community volunteers who are in a position to assist, to join me in coming together and lending a helping hand.”

Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School and Meigs Magnet Middle School sustained heavy damage in the storm, while Lockeland Design Center Elementary also was damaged. Approximately two dozen schools are still without power this afternoon, and many roads remain impassable.

Two schools will not be able to return to normal operations immediately, and the district is working on contingency plans for each school, which will be communicated as soon as they’re finalized.

Churchwell has experienced significant damage to its HVAC system, with a section of the building being torn out due to wind damage. Repairs are estimated to take three to six weeks.

Meigs’ roof and HVAC system have been severely damaged, resulting in water damage on the second floor. Initial estimates call for repairs to take four to eight weeks.

Lockeland’s damage was less severe and should take two to five days to repair.

The district will provide additional updates as soon as more information becomes available.