NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Students at the Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School will be learning virtually for the next two weeks due to COVID-19 quarantines.

"I guess going in, as parents, we kind of knew the risk," Raphaela Evans-El, a parent said.

Evans-El's son has special needs and was one of the first back in the classroom.

The single working mom said virtual learning was hard on them.

"With him being special needs, my son has cerebral palsy, I have to be very hands on with him with his classes," Evans-El said.

Now they'll have to get used to it again for a couple of weeks.

Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary School is closed at this time after 21 staff members and one student had to quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure. Metro Schools said a staff member tested positive for the virus. 

"I work with the public so I see people not wearing a mask, wearing a mask below their nose, around their chin, so, it's kind of not surprising," Evans-El said.

“While we believe the risk of transmission based on the circumstances of this situation is low, health protocols dictate that we take this step in order to protect the health and safety of staff and students,” Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle said in a statement on Thursday. “Our staff will continue to work with students to provide a meaningful learning experience in the virtual environment until the school can safely re-open.”

Evans-El does worry about her son catching the virus.

"I was told that he wasn't in contact with the staff member that caught covid, but I don't know if he was in contact with someone who was in contact with someone," Evans-El said.

Students will learn virtually until October 29. School officials said this change includes students in grades 3-4 who were scheduled to attend in person starting on October 20.

 

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