Tipton County Schools announced Monday will extend its school closure through March 31.

The schools had previously been closed for two weeks, through spring break, with a re-opening date set for March 30. The change came just hours after Governor Bill Lee urged every district in the state to close its schools through March 31.

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“As we’ve stated before, this is a fluid situation and we will keep you posted through our webpage and social media as additional details emerge,” said superintendent Dr. John Combs.

The statewide closure is an effort to further mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronoavirus, Lee said.

“We will issue further guidance prior to March 31. Superintendents and local leadership have the full support of my administration to determine effective dates for closure this week as they evaluate what is best for families within their respective districts. We understand the tremendous burden school closure places on families and we will continue to work with both the federal government and school districts to ensure we continue essential supports like meals for students in need. Every Tennessean has a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and I urge Tennesseans to be quick to help neighbors as new needs surface with the closure of schools.”

For more information on closures, cancellations and schedule changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, see our Coronavirus and Tipton County page for daily updates.

If you would like to donate food to those in need, or need food donated, there are several organizations conducting food drives.