NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Metro Schools Board of Education announced Tuesday night that Metro Nashville Public Schools will continue virtual learning through the district’s fall break.

The district says that means at-home learning will continue for most students through October 12.

“Given the continued high rate of spread, I think it is prudent for us to take a measured, phased-in approach to returning to schools and remain in the virtual setting.” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Metro Public Schools.

The district shared that after fall break, they’ll decide if phasing students into the classroom is feasible.

Battled shared an example of how the phasing might look, “…we should prioritize in order of the youngest students first, this might  mean Pre-K to second grade, or all elementary to start. Followed by middle schools, and high schools last – as those students are most likely to transmit COVID-19 to others.”

The Director emphasized that once students return to the classroom, mitigation practices to slow the virus’ spread will be used to include, social distancing (when possible), face masks and face shields.

In the meantime, Metro Schools will provide in-person learning options for the district’s students with special needs, beginning as early as September 9.

Battle also shared that 65% of Metro students had requested and received either a laptop or high-speed WiFi hotspot. To date, she said the district has distributed 44, 800 technology devices to its students.

Teachers that need updated technology for lesson plans, will also receive new equipment.

Metro Schools said they’ve secured over 3 million masks for students and teachers, 60,000 face shields and 13,000 gallons of hand sanitizer.

Extracurricular activities and sports are postponed but non-contact practices can be held. 

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