Metro Schools continues phase-in return to in-person learning

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Posted at 9:03 AM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 10:03:13-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It’s a big day for Metro Nashville Public Schools as the district's youngest students return to in-person learning.

According to a Metro Schools spokesperson, 55% of families in the district chose for their child to return to in-person learning. Tuesday, only pre-K through 4th grades and exceptional education students, who were identified last semester as needing in-person instruction, return.

On top of the standard COVID-19 safety protocols, the district has partnered with Meharry Medical College to provide rapid COVID-19 tests. Under the plan, any student or teacher who need a test can request one.

Both students and teachers can also opt-in for random, sample testing on a biweekly basis.

"We want to create an environment for our students, our young people, as well as those who have to educate them, so that they can feel safer in this environment,” said Patrick Johnson, Meharry Medical College.

Metro Schools hopes to have all students who chose to return to in-person learning back by March 3.