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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee urged all school districts statewide to close as early as possible to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

All schools are expected to close no later than Friday, March 20, and remain closed through Tuesday, March 31.

“We understand the tremendous burden school closure places on families and we will continue to work with both the federal government and school districts to ensure we continue essential supports like meals for students in need.”

Shelby County Schools, local municipal schools and several other districts had already announced they would be closed through March 30.