10:28 AM

Dr. Battle Statement on Returning to Phase 2

Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, has issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Mayor John Cooper that Nashville will be returning to a modified Phase 2 of the roadmap for reopening:

“The announcement by Mayor Cooper today puts into greater focus the reality that COVID-19 is still very much a public health threat and is going to be a factor in our lives for the foreseeable future. Planning for the 2020-21 school year has been underway for months, with our teams meeting all day every day this week to finalize policies and protocols that will allow us to successfully open Aug. 4.

“Our goal has been to offer in-person classes and virtual options for those families who want it, but we will also be prepared for the possibility that in-person classes can’t happen at the start of the school year due to COVID-19. Whichever scenario we are in, offering a rigorous, high-quality education with explicit expectations and requirements is a non-negotiable. We plan to do so in a way that addresses the social-emotional needs of our students and recognizes the difficulty and challenges that these times have presented to our families and staff.”

Further details about plans for the reopening of schools will be shared next week.