04
March
2020
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09:45 PM
America/Chicago

Metro Schools to Remain Closed for the Remainder of the Week

Metro Schools will remain closed Thursday (3/5) and Friday (3/6) as the city continues to respond to the devastation caused by the tornado. More than a dozen Metro Schools are still without power as Nashville Electric Service continues to work on repairing substations, broken poles, and downed power lines throughout the city. In addition to leaving schools and homes without power, this has contributed to ongoing traffic problems throughout the city.

“Nashvillians have experienced a traumatic event and we know it will take time to heal,” said interim director of schools Dr. Adrienne Battle. “Closing the rest of the week will allow time for that healing process, allow our staff and students to volunteer in the community, and give our district a chance to prepare our facilities for normal operation starting on Monday.”

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 (except for district planned community meetings), etc.

YMCA Fun Company will operate inclement weather sites at the following schools:

  • 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 open and 12-month employees are asked to report to work on Thursday and Friday. Employees should use their discretion and communicate with their supervisors if they are unable to make it to work due to individual circumstances.

Employees who report to work may be assigned or volunteer out into the field to assist with disaster recovery efforts. Opportunities are available through:

  • PENCIL Foundation to assist in providing supplies to students and teachers whose schools are impacted by the storm damage.
  • Pearl-Cohn High School and East Nashville Magnet High School are accepting volunteers starting at 10AM to assist with disaster recovery efforts including boxing and delivering food and other supplies. Each site can accept non-perishable food and supply donations to be distributed out to the community. Items to donate include toiletries, hand sanitizer, tissues, feminine products, cleaning supplies, canned food, flashlights and/or battery operated lights.
  • Hands on Nashville for volunteer opportunities throughout the city. 
  • Many of our students rely on Metro Schools for basic needs. We are working with community partners to identify additional ways to support our students.

A separate communication on the status of schools that have experienced significant damage will follow.