Wilson County Schools to open late Tuesday after snow; district to conduct student temperature checks

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Wilson County schools will open late on Tuesday after snow and freezing temperatures.
Wilson County schools will open late on Tuesday after snow and freezing temperatures.

Wilson County Schools will open two hours late Tuesday after snowfall in the region late Sunday into Monday.

Below-freezing temperatures are forecast overnight Monday into Tuesday.

Tuesday is scheduled to be Wilson County Schools first day back from the winter break for students.

Two- to three-inch snow amounts were common in Wilson County with heavier bands reported, especially in the southeast portion of the county, National Weather Service meteorologist Sam Herron said.

Areas with the higher amounts have seen thawing among the main and secondary roads throughout the day, according to the school district's announcement. Another evaluation of select roads in the southeast portion of the county will be done early Tuesday morning, according to the district.

Temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 40s during the day on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Wilson County Schools canceled a scheduled workday on Monday for teachers and staff after the snow. The district also closed its central office on Monday.

A few minor auto accidents and power outages occurred in the county, but there were no major impacts according to Wilson County Emergency Management Agency Director Joey Cooper.

Temperatures are forecast to reach the upper 40s during the day on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Student temperature checks

Meanwhile, the district will conduct temperature checks for students upon arrival to school to start the spring semester, the district stated.

The district does not have a face covering requirement. Masks are optional and will be provided free of cost at each school.

Wilson County Schools will continue to work with the Tennessee Department of Health through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The student temperature checks have been intermittent since August.

"The checks are being put into place to add another level of precaution to start the new year," Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Bart Barker said. "Recent trends prompted the decision to do that.

"Our schools and their students are well versed on this process. It's very quick upon arrival and has become an efficient streamlined method since we started doing these checks in August 2020."

The Lebanon Special School District will open on time, Director Scott Benson said.

Reach Andy Humbles at ahumbles@tennessean.com or 615-726-5939 and on Twitter @ AndyHumbles.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Wilson County Schools to open late Tuesday after snow

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