Rising Covid cases also contributing to school closings

UPDATE: “Due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers in our school system, students will have a Remote Learning Day on Tuesday, January 18. Teachers will be available via email. Schools and administrative offices will be closed.” — Whitfield County Schools

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – While concerns over lingering snow and ice in the mountains have caused many school system to either close, delay or move to virtual learning on Tuesday.

But that’s not the only reason.

The combination of a long holiday weekend (MLK Day) and rising illnesses also are playing a factor.

In fact, Chattanooga Christian is closing their campus through Wednesday, saying they are seeing a rise in Covid cases among students and staff.

And Hamilton County is saying illness and weather are both playing a part in their decision to close on Tuesday.

“Some higher elevation roads and school parking lots pose a safety issue and the added day will provide relief to schools experiencing high cases of COVID among students and staff. We urge families and staff to be mindful of any potential symptoms during this time and if you are experiencing symptoms please get tested and be symptom free for 48 hours before returning to school.”

Knox County schools to our north are shutting down on Tuesday because of staffing issues created by various illnesses.

You can see our current list of closings, delays and virtual classes here on the website.

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