Spring Hill High School closed due to increase in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 6:55 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 21:55:55-04

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WTVF) — Spring Hill High School in Maury County will be closed until September 23 due to COVID-19.

In a message to parents and staff school officials said the school will be closed to all students except for seniors who will return on Tuesday, September 22 to take their ACT Assessments.

All students will learn remotely until the school can safely reopen.

"We apologize for the short notice but with COVID-19 things don't always go as planned and we are having to make this last-minute decision," the message stated

Officials said they were closing the school so that it can be cleaned. Teachers and staff who do not have symptoms will return to work masked on Friday, September 11, to teach remotely from their classrooms.

Parents can expect a call with instructions for students, which will include instructions for senior students to pick up devices.

Michael Hickman, Superintendent Maury County Public Schools, released the following statement:

“Due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 at Spring Hill High School, and after consulting with the COVID-19 Response Team, I have decided that Spring Hill will pivot to remote learning and suspend all afterschool extracurricular activities until September 23. With mandatory ACT Assessment tests, the day before, seniors will report September 22. Spring Hill High School has experienced 12 positive cases over the last six days. Therefore, this decision was made with an abundance of caution, that is in line with the CDC and Health Department Guidelines and based upon the rapid increase of positive cases within the school building over six days. feel that this course of action will not only keep staff and students safe but also help in the prevention of the further spread of COVID-19 at Spring Hill High School. If this was a staffing issue only, the closure would have only impacted classrooms and not extracurricular activities. With the unconnected nature of these cases, my team and I feel that this decision will help mitigate future impacts to after school extracurricular activities, such as band competitions, sporting events, games, and state tournaments.”