Covid-19 FAQs

Will small group activities still take place at school?

No. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recommended the closure of all Tennessee schools throughout the remainder of this academic year.  As a result, Maury County Public Schools will be following the Governor’s recommendation and will be closing for the remainder of the 19-20 school year.  We will still be providing support for parents and students through May 19th.

Are outside groups still able to use MCPS facilities?

Faculty use requests from community groups using campuses are suspended.

Are school events cancelled?
All before and after school activities are hereby postponed until further notice. 

How does the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread?

The spread pattern appears to mirror those of the common cold or flu. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, generally between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). This spread appears to occur through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

What are the primary symptoms of the virus? What should I be looking for?

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What should I do if my child or someone in my family is exhibiting symptoms?

Call ahead to a healthcare professional if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Tell your healthcare professional about your recent travel or contact. Your healthcare professional will work with your state’s public health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Maury Regional Health and the Tennessee Department of Health have established information lines for community members who have questions about COVID-19, including those concerned about symptoms and treatment. Calls are answered by health care professionals who can address questions about COVID-19, including symptoms and self-monitoring recommendations, and direct patients to an appropriate location for care, if needed. Those who need information related to COVID-19 are encouraged to call: 

Maury Regional Health COVID-19 Information line
7 AM to 7 PM Daily

Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line
10 AM to 10 PM Daily

Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Are children more at risk for the coronavirus and how should infection be prevented?

No, according to the health officials, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults. Children should engage in usual preventive actions to avoid infection, including cleaning hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding people who are sick, and staying up to date on vaccinations, including influenza vaccine.

What other precautions should we take?

Health officials recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

How is the decision made for a school to close?

Districts work with local health officials to make closure and dismissal decisions. If a determination is made that a school must close, the school will seek specific guidance from local health officials to determine if, when, and for how long to take these steps.

How does a senior get a hard copy of their transcript and the school’s grading scale for a scholarship that is due with the school system shut down? The report card in Skyward isn’t sufficient.

The MCPS Central Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of scheduled spring break Wednesday April 1st to 3rd during the school closing due to COVID-19.  You can call the Central Office at 931-388-8403. 


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