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The pandemic has delayed MNPS registrations; here's what parents need to know

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Posted at 7:36 AM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 08:36:17-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Public Schools says the district needs more children to register for the upcoming school year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to make sure each student is ready to start back successfully. Typically, MNPS starts registering students for school in March, but due to the pandemic, they weren't able to start registration until July.

However, it can easily be done online. There's a tab at the top of the MNPS website where you can get immediate instructions on how to register.

If English is not your first language, then you can call the English Learners office at (615)-259-8608 or email ELreg@mnps.org for more information.

Metro Schools will start the year off completely online, so making sure every student is accounted for is important. Dr. Adrienne Battle says it's crucial every student has an equal opportunity to succeed.

Molly Hegwood, the Executive Director for English Learners, agrees. This year, there are more moving parts.

“Families don’t want to wait until August 4 to register because they won’t be ready for that first school day. If they register now, they can go ahead and get all the technology they need to be ready in person and in class virtually,” Hegwood said.

Hegwood says parents should go to bat for their kids to make sure they have what they need and make sure the entire family is on the same page with how school will go this year.