17:15 PM

Metro Schools Pauses Phase-in due to COVID-19 Spread

Due to the increased spread of the coronavirus throughout the Nashville community, Metro Nashville Public Schools will be delaying the return of 5th-, 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students to the classroom for families who chose the in-person option.

“The threat from COVID-19 spreading in our community at ever larger numbers requires us to pause our in-person phase-in process so that we can be sure that we are not endangering the lives of our students, staff, or their families,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle.

The MNPS Board of Education met on Friday for a specially called work session to discuss the phase-in plan considering the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and metrics in Davidson County and throughout the State of Tennessee.

“Based on what I’ve heard here, we’ve seen a number of outbreaks, even in our middle and high schools, which haven’t been open in person but just in athletics or extracurricular activities,” Board Chair Christiane Buggs said. “We would ask that you pause the moving to in-person learning for middle schools.”

Students in grades Pre-K through 4 and those with exceptional needs who chose in-person learning will continue to report to school until further notice while we continue to closely evaluate safety conditions in schools.

The district will continue to monitor the COVID-19 metrics in Nashville and announce a new schedule for phasing students in once we see improvements in the effort to stop the spread of this virus.

“We urge all residents of Nashville to wear masks whenever possible, practice social distancing, and follow the health care experts’ advice on how to reduce the spread of COVID-19 so that we can safely welcome back students into the classroom,” said Dr. Battle.