Wayne County Director of Schools Marlon Davis has announced that Wayne County schools will remain closed through Friday, April 24th. This announcement followed a recommendation from Governor Bill Lee that all school districts in the state remain closed through April 24th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Superintendent Davis said that as of today, the plan is for Wayne County students to return to school on Monday, April 27th. However, that date is subject to change at any time if the governor makes any new recommendations on the situation.
Tennessee Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn released the following statement regarding Governor Lee’s announcement recommending school districts remain closed through April 24th:
“This is an unprecedented time for our country and state and we thank Governor Lee for his leadership in protecting the health and wellbeing of Tennessee’s students and teachers. We know school closures represent a significant disruption for families and students and the recommendation to extend them has not been considered lightly. The Department of Education team will continue to work closely with our districts as they serve students and families during this time. We are committed to doing whatever we can to support our district leaders as they make the necessary decisions to ensure students can continue to access critical meal and other services, as well as receive high-quality academic instruction while they are out of school. Even in the midst of these challenges, we have seen an incredible outpouring from districts, schools, and teachers going above and beyond to ensure students continue to have access to food and have the supports they need to continue learning. This is a huge testament to our resilience as a state and the dedication of our educators and leaders.”