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Northeast Middle School upperclassmen joined the sixth-grade classes on remote learning earlier this week as the entire school closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the school.

The sixth graders were placed on remote learning last week.

“…We are continuing to struggle with staffing due to the pandemic,” said Northeast Middle School principal Laura Boss in an email to parents. “We currently have almost 25% of our faculty and staff on leave through at least Nov. 23. Due to continued staffing concerns, all traditional seventh- and eighth-grade students will transition to remote learning beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17 through the remainder of this week.”

All in-person after-school programs, sports, practices, tryouts and clubs were canceled and/or postponed for a later date. However, the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were allowed to play their games scheduled for last Monday.

 Families who need access to no-cost meals during the remote learning time may pick up weekend meals Nov. 20 from 1-2 p.m. at any district elementary school.

After New Providence Middle School remained closed for two weeks, it reopened to in-person learning this week.

All Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will learn remotely next week, Monday through Wednesday, leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

With remote learning, students will not report to the school buildings, rather they will access learning via the laptops provided by the district, according to district officials.

Drive-thru testing moves back to Veterans Plaza

The Montgomery County Health Department’s COVID-19 drive-through testing location will move from Civitan Park to William O. Beach Civic Hall, beginning Nov. 23.

Due to weather-related conditions, the Montgomery County Health Department will relocate back to Civic Hall. The move will allow workers to have shelter from the cold temperatures and provide a more suitable location to store their equipment and supplies.

The hours for testing will remain the same – from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. – and testing will continue to be provided free of charge. Any holiday closures or announcements about a change in times will be sent to local media and shared on Montgomery County Government social media accounts.

“The move back to Civic Hall will provide our staff with a better location as cold weather comes in. It is important that we continue to wear our masks, wash our hands frequently and social distance during this time. These actions will not only help slow the spread of the virus, but will also help keep us healthier during cold and flu season,” said Montgomery County Health Department director Joey Smith.

Questions about the move or other information related to the Montgomery County Health Department can be addressed at mcgtn.org/health or by calling 931-648-5747. For more COVID-19 information, visit mcgtn.org.

Montgomery County health officials last Tuesday reported 5,672 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began and 165 new cases since the day before.

As of last Tuesday, 63 people died from COVID-19 in Montgomery County.

The Tennessee Department of Health last Tuesday reported 318,888 cases of COVID-19 statewide with 3,923 deaths. New cases increased by 7,951, and deaths increased 30 since the day before. 

There were 11,201 people in Tennessee who were hospitalized due to the coronavirus and 271,864 people who recovered since the pandemic started.

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