School systems adopt different approaches to reopening during pandemic

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Posted at 10:34 PM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 23:54:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More school systems across the mid-state announced Friday how they’ll be getting kids back in the classroom, but it is not a uniform plan across the mid-state region.

The biggest announcement this week came from Metro Schools, who said they'll be operating online school only until at least Labor Day.

That’s a different path forward than what some of the biggest school districts surrounding metro have decided to do, with Robertson county, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, Cheatham county, Williamson County, Rutherford County and Wilson county schools choosing to open in person, with an online option for parents and their students to select instead.

NewsChannel 5 Political Analyst Pat Nolan asked Metro Schools Superintendent Adrienne Battle about that difference on Inside Politics Friday.

"I think simply we have different realities," Battle said. "Quite frankly, we aren’t other counties. We are experiencing the highest numbers to date, our rate of transmission is high, and our positivity rate is high."

But even among school districts that are opening, there’s a difference in when those districts will choose to open.

Wilson and Williamson County will open the first full week of August, Rutherford county will open the week after that, and Clarksville-Montgomery County schools have chosen to delay opening until August 31.