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Schools in crisis statewide
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Just weeks into a new school year, Tennessee schools are once again in disarray due to COVID-19.

Coffee County Schools announced on Thursday they will be closing this coming Monday, Aug. 30, and stay closed until after Labor Day. Coffee County Schools are expected to reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 7. 

Cheatham County closed schools on Thursday and Friday due to a lack of staffing as COVID spreads.

Meanwhile in Williamson County, members of the School Board are planning to call a special meeting to urge state lawmakers to change their mind and allow remote learning this school year.

Warren County is not immune from the rising number of virus cases. On Thursday, there were 178 students in isolation, meaning they tested positive for the virus. There were also 21 isolated employees, according to Director of Schools Grant Swallows.

Accurate numbers for Warren County students in quarantine are not available due to a new policy passed Monday by the Warren County Board of Education which allows quarantined students to come to school provided they wear a facemask.

That policy, which went into effect Wednesday, has already encountered turbulence because quarantined students are coming to school but not wearing their facemasks.