MNPS Families Asked to Decide on In-person or Virtual Learning Options
Metro Nashville Public Schools is asking parents and guardians to inform the district of their decision on whether students will return in person, once it is safe to do so, or remain in the virtual learning environment.
“We know some students and families are thriving in the virtual environment, while others are eager to return to the classroom,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Schools. “We hope that the last month has given families enough information to decide what is best for their students.”
Metro Schools has already begun a phased-in approach to returning students to the classroom, starting this month with a small population of students with exceptional needs at special day schools and traditional schools. After fall break and starting with the second quarter, the district intends to invite students back through a gradual approach starting with the youngest learners in grades Pre-K-2 if Davidson County maintains progress in slowing and stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Families should receive an email later today from the district through our vendor Panorama Education with the subject “Family Decision Survey” in their preferred language that is tied to their student’s record. If a parent does not receive this email, they can take the survey by visiting one of the links below. Families have until September 15, 2020, to complete a separate survey for each student. Survey results will then be used by schools to allocate staff resources to match in-person staff with in-person students.
“As students return to in-person learning, we want to create as safe an environment as possible while also remaining committed to providing students in the virtual environment a consistent, high-quality experience,” said Dr. Battle. “Our efforts to return to face-to-face learning require the entire community to pitch in and do our part by continuing to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear masks whenever possible.”
Students who attend in person will be required to wear masks, which will be provided for them as well as staff. Protocols to encourage social distancing and clustering will be implemented, but a six-foot distance will not be practical in most classroom settings. School nurses will assist the Metro Public Health Department in contact tracing efforts and informing students and staff if they are required to quarantine.
Decisions by families will be for the remainder of the school year, with an option to update that decision prior to the start of the second semester in January. If we do not receive a survey response, the student will be opted-in to in-person learning. Students who remain in virtual learning will still be able to participate in their school’s extracurricular activities. The surveys are for students who attend MNPS district-run schools and do not include charter schools, which have established their own policies and procedures.
Further information and links can be found here: https://www.mnps.org/blog/2020/9/6/family-decision-survey