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First 4, then 3, then 2 learning options for MNPS students this fall


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  One-third of surveyed Nashville parents want Metro Schools to offer a combination in-person and remote learning option for their children this fall, but that plan is no longer on the table.

Some 16,000 Nashville families responded to a survey from MNPS offering three options for the coming school year. Children could attend in person, they could take classes exclusively online, or they could opt for a hybrid plan offering both in person and remote learning.

Thirty-four percent chose the hybrid plan. But Metro School officials are now telling parents only the in person or remote learning options will be offered when classes start in early August.

In a statement on the MNPS website, school officials say parents and students will be required to abide by the choice they make through at least one full semester. Officials insist that’s they only way the system can “adequately staff both the in-person and virtual programs, develop seating assignments to maximize social distancing, and ensure consistency with accountability measures.”  

Students who choose the remote learning option will remain connected with the school they would have attended under normal circumstances. They will also be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities, including sports.

School officials have promised that students choosing to attend in-person will be provided with personal protective equipment and that social distancing protocols will be observed.

Parents should receive additional details about the two available options soon, along with the forms required to sign up.

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