MNPS hosting virtual meetings to help parents prepare for remote learning

Posted at 6:42 AM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 07:54:31-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Thousands of Metro Nashville Public Schools students will learn virtually for at least the first month of the school year. School starts next week, but the district wants you to start working now to set up your child for success.

MNPS Student Support staff will host two virtual meetings for parents about creating a good workspace for your child.

The first meeting will focus on family training and is set for noon Wednesday (meeting link: MNPS will hold another on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and parents will be able to talk with support staff and get questions answered (meeting link:

This year, students will need more than pencil, paper or even an iPad. They will need the best working location to help them stay focused and learn from home.

Metro Schools says you'll want to design a workspace at home for your student to sit and get work done. However, it doesn’t have to look like a classroom. You do want to give your child the option of creating this space, but there are some tips to keep in mind.

Make sure your child is comfortable. They can help you choose the type of lighting that works best for them, along with choosing which chair they want to sit in all day.

The workspace should have access to everything they need. You don't want your child to get distracted by having to get up and get what they need constantly.

Help them stay focused by turning off the TV, giving them a pair of headphones and removing as many distractions as possible.

The district's virtual learning plan will continue until at least Labor Day.