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Entire kindergarten classroom and group of fifth graders quarantined

An entire kindergarten classroom at one of Bledsoe County’s three elementary schools is in quarantine for 14 days out of an abundance of caution, according to Bledsoe County Schools Health Supervisor Michelle DeBord-Rains, RN, BSN, NCSN.

She said the teacher and school cannot be disclosed due to confidentiality guidelines and the size of the school population, but the students were quarantined out of an abundance of caution.

In addition to the kindergarten class, some students in a fifth grade class at one of the elementary schools are in quarantine after being identified as close contacts, per Tennessee Department of Health guidelines.

“At this time, we are not considering any closure of schools,” DeBord-Rains said. “If those decisions need to be made in the future, we will partner with the Department of Health to make those final determinations.”

When students are in quarantine they are switched over to remote learning and provided a device, if needed, she explained. 

She added parents can continue to view the District specific data at the Tennessee Department of Education’s website at

According to the dashboard information for Bledsoe County, updated on Monday, November 16, the system had less than five cases among students and less than five cases among staff. 

For more, see the November 25 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

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