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MNPS to begin spring semester online, new restrictions for school sports statewide

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Metro Nashville students will continue to learn remotely as the second half of the school year begins January 9.

Schools Director Dr. Adrienne Battle made the announcement Monday, blaming the “increased spread of COVID-19.”

Dr. Battle hasn’t set a date to return to in-person classes. She said that will be determined using information provided by the Metro Health Department.

When classes do resume, Battle explained that students Pre-K thru fourth grade will head back first, followed by grades 5 thru 9.

State health officials report the number of school age children testing virus positive in Davidson County jumped 42 percent last week. 

STATEWIDE SCHOOL SPORTS RESTRICTIONS

The accelerating health crisis has also prompted new restrictions on school athletics statewide.

Reacting to new restrictions Gov. Bill Lee imposed Sunday, the Tennessee Secondary Athletics Association has released new guidelines for spectator attendance at sporting events.

TSSAA says only the parents or guardians of school athletes can attend their games. Social distancing among those who do attend will be enforced.

The new restrictions will remain in effect through at least January 19.

Confirmed new infections among school age children statewide spiked 52 percent this past week.

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