Shelby County Schools cancels classes until March 30

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County Schools superintendent Joris Ray announced this morning classes will be canceled beginning tomorrow amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Ray said schools will reopen March 30.

“Due to national developments and rapidly changing conditions regarding the spread of COVID-19, we feel this is the best course of action,” Ray said. “Closing schools is never a decision that we take lightly.”

By closing schools the week of Spring Break (March 16-20), as well as the week afterward (March 23-27), the district will be able to conduct a full assessment of risks for students and staff who will be traveling during Spring Break.

All school district buildings will be deep-cleaned as well, Ray said.

Schools will be closed a total of 11 days, including five scheduled days for Spring Break.

To avoid the loss of required instructional days for the remainder of the year, the district will be utilizing six days reserved for inclement weather.

You can find helpful information and resources about COVID-19, including facts from the Health Department and CDC, handwashing tips and other general guidelines for virus prevention, at www.scsk12/coronavirusfacts.