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Metro Nashville Public Schools high school sports return next week

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 12:15:36-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Public Schools will be returning to high school football and girl's soccer next week, Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle announced on Thursday.

“We are ready for sports that make the fall so enjoyable," Dr. Battle said during Mayor John Cooper's weekly press conference.

Last Friday, the district announced football teams could resume contact practices. Days later, it was announced that MNPS will be phasing in students back to the classroom after fall break, starting with pre-K through second-grade students. After Labor Day, students with exceptional needs were allowed to return to special day schools and traditional schools.

Starting Wednesday, September 23, girl's soccer will resume play and starting Friday, September 25, football games will resume. However, Dr. Battle said the district is not yet ready to let fans attend high school games.

Cheerleaders and marching bands will be allowed at games to bring a bit of game-time atmosphere. Dr. Battle said the district is working to provide live streams for home football games so that fans can still watch live.

Additionally, Dr. Battle said high school golf is already underway, as it has easily accommodated to social distancing measures. Cross country and volleyball athletes have already begun practicing and will start their seasons soon.

Dr. Battle said high school students can participate in extra-curricular activities that are in-person, regardless if they take classes in-person or virtually.

The district will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases in the area and continue with recommended safety guidelines to slow the spread of the virus.

“It is important to know that we will accept our teams to practice all safety measures, observe social distancing, and we will comply with all guidance related to isolation and quarantining due to positive cases and close contacts," Dr. Battle said. "Which could result in cancelation of games or seasons."