NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - After a week of districts across Middle Tennessee struggling to keep students and staff in school during the surge in COVID-19 cases, state education department Commissioner Dr. Penny Schwinn signaled late Friday that the department might consider allowing remote learning again. 

The update from Dr. Schwinn follows an influx of school closures stemming from staff shortages and large numbers of students in Middle Tennessee districts.

This week, Wilson County Schools will be closed due to a 'strong surge' in COVID-19 cases. 

3 Rutherford County Schools to be closed Monday due to 'staffing related to COVID-19'

In a letter to Governor Bill Lee, Dr. Schwinn says she believes in-person learning is best for kids, but wants to provide 'common sense flexibilities' to schools. 

Read the entire letter here: 

Dr. Schwinn intends to meet virtually with the press on Monday at 9 a.m. CT to discuss her consideration of granting waivers related to remote learning.

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