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Tennessee will ask feds for permission to release school level info about COVID-19 outbreaks

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Gov. Bill Lee said Thursday his administration will consider the release of school specific information about COVID-19 outbreaks.

The move comes after Lee’s decision to withhold the data at the state level received strong pushback from some lawmaker and parents. The governor has allowed local school officials to release school specific virus data if they choose to do so.

Lee and Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey insisted this week that federal health and education restrictions prevent the state from releasing the school data.

The governor said he’s trying to find balance between parents who want to know what’s happening in their child’s school and parents who want medical information about their children kept private.

Gov. Lee now says Tennessee will ask federal authorities for permission to release more data about COVID-19 cases in schools.

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