Metro Schools begins phase-in return to in-person learning today

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Posted at 6:27 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 07:57:27-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Public Schools begins phasing students back into classrooms on Thursday. It's the beginning of a month-long process to get kids back to in-person learning.

Students with special needs will be heading back to the classroom today. They attend two of Metro's contracted special day schools, Genesis Academy and High Roads School of Nashville.

If the student gets special education transportation, the bus will be picking them up. There’s a monitor on it that will be taking temperatures before they get on the bus and asking the COVID-19 questions that we’re all very familiar with.

Then, once at school, students will go through another COVID-19 check and will be required to wear a mask.

MNPS’s Director of Exceptional Education Debbie McAdams said it’s great the district can start doing this because some students have struggled with virtual learning.

“Some students fair better in a face-to-face environment, where virtual instruction has been hard to navigate. We really looked through a database decision process… students who were struggling with that virtual instruction, we went through a series of questions and we made sure to make sure we get them back into the buildings first,” said McAdams.

McAdams said it’s going to take parents and the schools having great communication to prevent the virus from spreading.

Read more about Metro Schools' phase-in return to in-person learning.