NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Nashville Public Schools will be delaying the return of 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students to in-person learning due to the spread of COVID-19 in Davidson County.
Students in grades Pre-K through 4th grade and those with exceptional needs will continue to report to school until further notice while the district continues to evaluate and monitor the situation.
The district is planning to monitor the metrics of COVID-19 in Nashville and phase students in once improvements are seen in the efforts to stop the spread.
“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 Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle, “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.”
Jennifer Claxton is a mom of 2. Her youngest, Emma, has already gone back to school. Her oldest, Reeves, who is in 6th grade, was excited to getting a sense of normalcy.
“To have to tell him that he is not going back was a hard conversation, and he’s very disappointed,” Claxton said.
Claxton says she doesn’t agree with the district’s decision. Instead, she wants parents to have the authority to decided whether or not their kids go back to traditional learning.
“People can go to bars downtown. We go get our hair cut and go to the gym, but my kids can’t go to school. It’s really hard for me to put my mind around that,” said Claxton. “The science doesn’t show that kids are super-spreaders in schools. It’s just not out there. If it is — show it to me.”
At this point, MNPS has not released a timeline for when parents can expect students to be allowed back into the classroom.