Nashville school, health officials request sports be pushed back until after Labor Day

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 16:09:43-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Despite the approval from the governor and TSSAA, Nashville school and health officials are asking school leaders to put a hold on sports as students return to schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) announced that sports would be returning in the fall as long as schools adhere to specific the guidelines set out by TSSAA officials. And on Tuesday, Governor Lee released the state's guidelines for safely returning children to in-person learning which included in-person sports.

However, Nashville school officials were asked to not allow in-person athletics until "at least after Labor Day and only if the key metrics for the roadmap to reopen Nashville are improved and stable and there have been no obvious increased incidence of transmission from these types of activities in other school districts."

The letter is signed by MNPS Director Dr. Adrienne Battle, Metro Coronavirus Task Force Chairman Dr. Alexa Jhangir, Nashville Charter School Collaborative Chairman Todd Dickson and Montgomery Bell Academy Headmaster Bradford Gioia.