With Tennessee and Shelby County now reporting cases of coronavirus and all Shelby County Schools closed until March 30, 2020, we realize our faculty, students, and families have concerns. While the risk of contracting the virus remains low, we want to assure you that The Soulsville Charter School (TSCS) has been, and continues to, work with Shelby County Schools (SCS) on practices and procedures directed by the Shelby County Health Department (SCHD).

This includes includes TSCS closed until April 6, 2020 until other changes are announced..

According to The Daily Memphian as of Thursday morning, March 12, 2020:

“In a ‘bold and preemptive move, Shelby County Schools Superintendent Joris Ray, is closing schools, starting Friday, and resuming Monday, March 30, the week after spring break.

Due to national developments and rapidly changing conditions regarding the spread of COVID-19, we feel this is the best course of action,’ Ray said. ‘Closing schools is never a decision that we take lightly. Considering these unique circumstances, we must lead through the moment.’

During the next two weeks, the district will be able to conduct a full assessment of risks for students and staff who will be traveling over spring break and deep clean all district buildings.

Schools will be closed a total of 11 days, including five scheduled days for spring break March 16-20. To avoid the loss of mandatory instructional days for the year, the district will use six days reserved for inclement weather.”

TSCS recently has followed protocol set forth by SCS and SCHD by mopping, vacuuming, disinfecting, and sanitizing our school, continually wiping down high touch areas, encouraging all faculty and students to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer, and posting signage about hand washing to prevent the spread of germs or diseases.

Families and staff can take similar steps as they would to prevent spread of flu or the common cold, including frequent hand-washing and use hand sanitizer, staying home when ill and covering mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing. Below are tips from CDC on how to properly wash your hands.

No cases of the COVID-10 coronavirus have been reported on the Soulsville Foundation campus, which includes the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Stax Music Academy. According to The Commercial Appeal, the number of COVID-19 cases in Shelby County remains one, and an employee of Shelby County Schools who worked at Treadwell Elementary and Middle School was cleared Tuesday to return to work after being quarantined. School and SCHD officials wouldn’t say if the employee had been tested, but they said it had been 14 days since the employee had contact with someone with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

SCS is making sure our schools have accurate facts from the SCHD about how the virus is spread and recommended steps for prevention. Please visit this site for more detailed factual information: http://www.scsk12.org/leaderboard/rf/source/Comminications/Novel-Coronavirus%20Guidance.pdf

As with all communicable diseases, TSCS will continue to follow the recommended guidance of Shelby County Schools and the Shelby County Health Department to ensure the health and safety of our schools. If any further information is made available by the Shelby County Health Department with regard to our schools, we will make sure families and staff are well-informed.

The Health Department has launched a hotline number for questions about the novel coronavirus: 901-692-7523.  The number is staffed during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After-hours calls will be returned on the next business day.

As always, if anyone has any questions specifically for The Soulsville Charter School regarding this matter, please call our office at 901-261-6366.