Metro Schools returns to virtual learning following winter break

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Posted at 7:32 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 08:32:33-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Metro Nashville Public Schools students return to virtual learning Thursday following winter break. The district worked with Metro health leaders before making the decision to stay fully remote due to the surge in cases throughout Davidson County.

Meharry Medical College, who has played a big role in the fight against COVID-19, is partnering with MNPS to make sure everyone is safe when it's time to return in person.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with MNPS Director Dr. Adrienne Battle who said the district is working with compliance officers when it comes to safety for in-person learning.

She said part of the strategy to help mitigate the virus is a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Battle said she is grateful school employees will be a priority when it comes to getting vaccinated and is confident leaders from Meharry Medical College will help them continue in the right direction.

“So, they'll be helping us with all the logistics and protocols and make sure when it's our turn, we're ready and all of our employees who are opting into our vaccine, which I encourage, are able to do so,” Battle said.

As of now, students will stick with remote learning until at least the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. If or when MNPS decides to bring students back, it won’t be all at once. It'll be in a phased approach.