On Monday, March 16, Governor Bill Lee issued a statement in response to the Coronavirus urging every school district in Tennessee to close as soon as practically possible, with all schools expected to close by Friday, March 20, 2020, at the latest. Schools should remain closed through March 31, to further mitigate the spread of the infectious disease, and further guidance will be issued prior to March 31.
Macon County Director of Schools Tony Boles announced that in order to help combat the spread of the virus, Macon County schools will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through April 12, with classes resuming on April 13 pending state approval, based on COVID-19 status in the state/nation. This will keep spring break as scheduled April 6-10.
“We are closing longer than the governor has recommended and all extra-curricular activities will be cancelled during this time,” said Director Boles. “Only essential personnel will be allowed inside school buildings. There will be no public access to any Macon County School facility.”
Macon County School Nutrition will be serving free meals to anyone 18 and under during the shut down. A child under the age of 18 must be present with the adult at the meal pickup. Meals cannot be consumed on site.
You do not have to pick up meals at your assigned school – you may pick up at the school easiest for you. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 – 10:00 a.m. and lunch 10:00 – 12:30.
Pick up at the following schools: Central Elementary-front door; Fairlane-side cafeteria door; Lafayette Elementary-drop off door; Macon County Junior High School-front door; Red Boiling Springs-Elementary entrance; Westside Elementary-front door.
Buses will deliver meals to certain locations – for more information see the Macon County School Nutrition Facebook page.
“Every Tennessean has a role to play in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus and I urge Tennesseans to be quick to help neighbors as new needs surface with the closure of schools,” said Governor Lee.