Metro Nashville Schools propose phase-in schedule to return kids back to the classroom

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Posted at 3:22 PM, Sep 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-13 16:27:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) are proposing a phased approach to returning students to the classroom, beginning in October for younger students and extending into 2021 for high school students.

The proposed schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 13, students in grades Pre-K through 2 will return for a half-day, with another half-day on October 14 and two full days on October 15 and 16.
  • Tuesday, October 20, students in grades 3 and 4 will return to classes.
  • Tuesday, October 27, students in grades 5 and 6 will return to classes.
  • Wednesday, November 4, students in grades 7-8 will return to classes.
  • Thursday, January 7, high school students in grades 9-12 will return to classes.

Starting the second semester on Thursday, January 7, will require Board of Education approval of the use of two stockpiled days, according to a press release from MNPS.

“After a great deal of consultation with Board members and other stakeholders, I believe this phase-in schedule can result in a safe and thoughtful return to school for students,” MNPS Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle said. “In order to make this happen, we need all community members to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks and social distancing whenever possible.”

Additionally, the deadline for the family decision survey, which asks parents whether they prefer their kids return to the classroom, has been extended until Friday, September 18th. More information on that survey is available here.