Clarksville ISD has reported an influx in COVID-19 related absences and infection level at Cheatham Elementary, causing the Elementary campus to close the remainder of the week.
“The district and campus leadership began this school year with a commitment to ensuring both the health and safety of all students and staff,” the district said in a release. “We are aware of the official local COVID-19 infection level resting at close to an all-time high of 90 individuals now and we find that highly concerning. We have been aggressive at both campuses with looking for COVID-19 related symptoms that both students and staff may display while at school.”
The district said the its continuous concern and observance has led to several students sent home from the elementary school with symptoms similar to COVID-19. The district said a “very small” number of students have been sent home from the secondary campus as well.
“Cheatham, although none have a positive diagnosis themselves, has seven teachers out due to district mandated quarantines because they simply share a home with a family member who is currently infected with COVID-19. Conversely, there no teachers at the high school who are currently out due to either COVID-19 or a district mandated quarantine.”
The district has decided to close Cheatham for the remaining of the week, whereas the high school will continue to remain open. The district’s transportation services will run during regular hours, but only for middle and high school students.
“Today’s decision does place the district on two different calendars for the remainder of the year. Our originally scheduled last day was set for May 26th which all middle school and high school students and staff will maintain however CHeatham’s new last day is now June 3rd.”