Updated 7/31/20


Governor Bill Lee's administration said this week that the state plans is to withhold the number of COVID-19 cases in schools from the public.
A spokesperson reported the information will not be collected by the state.  
When Lee announced guidance for school reopenings, state Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said Tennessee had no plans to provide the public with data on the number of coronavirus cases and deaths at schools as many return to in-person classes.
Instead, Piercey said such data sharing would be left up to individual school districts.
Spokesman Shelley Walker said at this time they do not plan to ask school districts to submit formal reports to them about COVID-19 cases, and do not plan to systematically release school-specific information on cases among students and or staff members.
Walker said the department will encourage school districts to track COVID-19 cases to "best understand the burden of disease in their jurisdiction and take appropriate steps to mitigate further spread of illness.