Metro Schools resumes phase-in return to class today

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Posted at 6:34 AM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 08:55:09-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Winter weather made it difficult for Metro Nashville Public Schools students to return to in-person learning, but fifth and ninth graders are heading back to the classrooms on Tuesday.

Metro Schools already phased in elementary school students, and today those transition grades are coming back.

The district said because fifth grade is generally the start of middle school, and ninth grade is the start of high school, they wanted to bring them back at the same time since these kids will be going to a new school for the first time. Then, they'll phase in their peers.

Starting this Friday, middle school students will return, and next week on March 3, high school students will come back.

This phase-in process is for students whose parents chose the in-person learning option back in September or December. Those who chose virtual learning will remain virtual for the rest of the school year.

The district is following strict COVID-19 safety protocols and providing COVID tests. Metro teachers started receiving their COVID vaccines last weekend.