Metro Students Head Back To School

Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 17:36:26-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Summer has officially ended as students in Metro Nashville Public Schools head back to the classroom.

Wednesday was expected to be a busy day for Metro schools, with an increased number of students at 86,800 -- up from 84,400 from last year.

August 5 will be a half-day for all students. Friday, August 7, grades 1-12 will attend a full day while prekindergarten and kindergarten students will have a half-day.

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Because Thursday is Election Day, there will be no school. This will allow schools to process any unregistered students and make sure they're ready for the school year. 

All students in all grades will attend a full day on Monday, August 10.

There is important information parents need to know for this school year. 

Immunizations are required for newly enrolled students, including Pre-K, Kindergarten and 7th graders. Without those shots, students will not be able to attend school.

There are exemptions, such as health concerns with a specific immunization. Parents can get their doctor to excuse their child.

There are religious exemptions, as well, but students have to visit a healthcare professional for approval.

"The best thing to do is to contact their own health provider and try and make an appointment, but if they can't do that, the health department is ready [and] stocked up to go and provide the immunization for the students," said Lisa Nistler with Metro Schools. 

For more information, there are three public health locations around the Metro area:

  • Lentz Public Health Center 2500 Charlotte Avenue
  • East on Trinity 1015 E Trinity Ln
  • Woodbine Health Center 224 Oriel Ave

For more information on buses, routes and estimated arrival times, call 615-259-INFO between 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.