Sick days shut down Tennessee school district as 138 teachers stay home

NASHVILLE — Wilson County Schools has canceled classes for the rest of this week because of illness with 138 teachers out sick on Monday.

“Obviously, we don’t close school for almost an entire week, unless the situation is very serious," Director of Schools Donna Wright said. "The last thing we want is for this to spread to even more students and staff. Hopefully these 4 days off, plus the weekend, and the holiday on Monday will give everyone time to recuperate and come back well.”

A district bus driver has also been hospitalized with pneumonia and the flu, Wilson County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson said.

The district is using stockpile days also allotted for inclement weather, Johnson said.

"We will not make up unless we run out," Johnson said.

The district's Kid's Club locations will all remain open.

No athletic events have been canceled, including the 9-AAA district basketball tournament scheduled to start Wednesday at Lebanon High School.

Multiple other school districts have also had to close in recent days for illness, including Maury County and Dickson County.

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