Williamson County Schools (WCS), WCS School Age Child Care Program, and Franklin Special School District (FSSD) have been shut down for deep cleaning after Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that a man in Williamson County had contracted coronavirus.
School officials said that the decision is part of district preparedness plans.
All extracurricular activities in WCS and FSSD have been canceled until campuses are deep cleaned.
On Thursday, the district posted on Facebook, “For the past several weeks, we have been working with the Williamson County Health Department and the Tennessee Department of Health as we all have been monitoring the rapidly changing coronavirus health issue in our country and across the world.”
Lisa Piercey, Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Health, confirmed that the overall risk to people remains low and that the man who contracted the virus has been isolated at home.
Director of WCS communications Carol Birdsong said, “We will continue to follow the guidance of our local and state health departments, and please know that we are committed to updating you with information as it becomes available to us.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health have provided information about the coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, on their websites, informing about the symptoms, prevention, treatment, and testing.
After the governor’s announcement, the Williamson County delegation said in a statement, “We’re working with the administration, health department officials, state agencies and health providers in Williamson County and across the state to make sure we’re taking every necessary precaution to keep the public safe.”
“We strongly encourage the public to stay vigilant in following the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the Tennessee Department of Health,” the delegation added. The district will reopen on Tuesday after the deep cleaning procedure is done on Monday.