The federal government is shipping Tennessee 2 million rapid COVID tests in which the results can be known on-the-spot. The state is trying to get them into schools, but administrators are hesitant to take on yet another responsibility.
Middle school students in Metro Nashville Public Schools will not begin returning to their classrooms as scheduled this week. The district announced it’s hitting pause on the return to in-person classes following an emergency meeting of the school board Friday afternoon.
Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn are calling for the tests to be administered as usual but that the results not be used to judge the education system.
Educators didn’t have much choice about whether to go back to in-person class when Middle Tennessee schools resumed this fall, leading dozens of them to decide to quit instead.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is rejecting Tennessee’s request to fund protective equipment for schools. The policy decision means the state will have to use $186 million of other federal funding to cover the expense.
The virtual return to classrooms has been an adjustment for all students. But for English learners, there’s yet another barrier, and it’s a real impact on participation: In the first few weeks, EL students logged into online school 9% less than their peers, according to data from Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Metro Nashville Public Schools welcomed the last of the district’s students with disabilities to classrooms Wednesday morning. Nearly 700 kids are now back in school buildings ahead of fall break. They’re the first to return to physical classrooms since the pandemic closed buildings in March.
Families in Metro Nashville Public Schools are evenly divided on returning their kids to in-person classes in the fall. That’s according to the results of a reopening survey released at a board meeting Tuesday evening.
The Tennessee State Board of Education voted to approve two Nashville charter schools Monday, overturning the local school board’s decision in July to deny new charters. The decision paves the way for Nashville Collegiate Prep to open in 2021 and KIPP Antioch College Prep High School to open in 2023.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is changing its course on competitive sports events. It now says it will allow student-athletes to resume games next week — with girls soccer games beginning Sept. 23 and football starting Sept. 25. Contact practices began last week.