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FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Viruses are constantly mutating, with coronavirus variants circulating around the globe. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Sequatchie County Schools announced Friday that all public schools in the county would be closed next week in response to increases in COVID-19 infections.

In a letter sent home to parents Friday, the system said that students would return Tuesday, Sept. 7.

"The students will NOT be responsible for completing make-up work during these days," the letter reads. "Please stay safe and healthy!"

The announcement followed a number of other closures and changes to in-person learning across the state as the delta variant of the coronavirus sweeps through schools in Tennessee and North Georgia.

Hamilton County Schools announced Friday that five schools would be moving to remote learning this week, while Catoosa County Schools announced the day before that it would be moving to an alternate schedule for the next three weeks as it works to rein in COVID-19 exposures.

— Compiled by Colin M. Stewart

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