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March
2020
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16:30 PM
America/Chicago

MNPS Shares Digital Tools for Students, Families During Extended Break

Metro Nashville Public Schools has compiled a resource guide consisting of digital tools for students and families while schools are out and many workplaces are closed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The resources and links in the guide, available at https://www.mnps.org/digitaltools, are optional. They do not affect student grades, advancement to the next grade level or graduation requirements.

But with many spring break trips canceled this week and schools closed through at least April 3, the tools can be helpful to students and parents looking to keep learning, stay engaged or simply do something new.

“Keeping schools closed right now is necessary to reduce community spread of the virus and to protect the health of our students and staff,” Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle said. “Even though classes are out, that doesn’t mean education should end. We want students to have every opportunity to learn, even when they can’t be at school with their teachers.”

The tools, many of which students already use frequently throughout the school year, include:

  • links to free or discounted Wi-Fi for those who don’t have Internet access at home;
  • the Clever and Schoology learning portals, which students can access with their MNPS username and password;
  • Limitless Libraries, a partnership between MNPS and Nashville Public Library that makes audiobooks, eBooks and other resources available to students who use their student ID number and PIN;
  • the Office 365 platform, which offers access to email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other programs. Students can use their Office.com identification to get access to Office 365;
  • and various other free, at-home learning resources, such as Scholastic Learn at Home.

The Clever portal provides many online textbooks and instructional resources for English Language Arts, English Learners, math, science, social studies classes, and more.

“If we had faced a similar situation 30 years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to help families nearly as much,” said Dr. David Williams, MNPS’s interim chief academic officer. “In today’s world, digital technology can turn any living room into a classroom, and we hope students and families will take advantage of these opportunities as much as they can.”

MNPS will update the digital tools guide regularly in the weeks ahead and provide additional resources as identified.