JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Here is a letter from Campbell County Director of Schools Jennifer Fields.
March 13, 2020
The TDOE and Dr. Penny Schwinn hosted a conference call today with superintendents from across the state of Tennessee to address concerns and offer guidance on emergency plans, procedures, and best practices for schools to follow regarding COVID-19. At this time, our district is listed in the None to Minimal Level of Transmission and Impact as defined by the Tennessee Department of Health. Therefore, Campbell County Schools will continue to operate under the emergency plans and procedures recommended by the state and will remain open.
This is a developing situation that is changing quickly. We will continue to monitor and adjust as updates become available through TDOE. The school system is preparing for the possible closure of schools, in the event the situation may worsen, and we are proactively taking measures to keep our students safe and healthy. We have cancelled all field trips for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This includes all local and out-of-state trip for students. The rental of all school buildings has been suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year so our custodians can clean the facilities extensively.
Dr. Schwinn, the Commissioner of Education, stated that the Department of Education does not have the authority to close schools unless the legislature takes action. It is our hope that the COVID-19 virus will not impact our area, but we are prepared to respond if the virus does enter our area. Please visit www.tn.gov for the latest updates on COVID-19.
Director of Schools (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 03/13/2020-5PM)