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Metro Schools to continue virtual learning after MLK Day

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 14:21:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Metro Nashville Public Schools says the district will remain on virtual learning after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

MNPS announced the decision Friday, saying all classes will continue virtually due to the “uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 throughout Nashville and the state of Tennessee.”

The district said all district schools will remain in the virtual setting until the COVID-19 risk score drops below 7. As of Friday, MNPS said that number -- which is based on Metro’s transmission rate, seven-day average positivity rate and seven-day average of new cases per-100,000 residents -- is at 8.6.

“The positivity rate and cases per 100,000 residents in particular are both critically high and need to drop significantly to make enough progress in the risk score to safely phase students back into the classroom,” MNPS said in a release.

MNPS says it will continue to monitor the city’s metrics daily and update the risk score to update families and staff. Click here for more information.