The first day of classes for students in Metro Nashville Public Schools got off to a shaky start. Families say they had trouble accessing the district’s education platforms, but are trying to remain optimistic about the rest of the semester.
Metro Nashville Public Schools is spending the final days before the start of the school year preparing families for its all-virtual learning environment. The transition will take some getting used to. So the district is taking it easy on academics during the first few weeks of classes.
Putnam County’s school district has revised its mask mandate to require face coverings whenever social distancing isn’t possible within its buildings.
The stresses of virtual learning won’t disappear for Nashville parents once the school year begins on Tuesday. The process of figuring out how to make the best of this new learning model comes with many hurdles for local families.
On Monday, dozens of educators caravanned through downtown Nashville calling for schools to stay closed until counties had no new cases for two weeks. Their intended audience is Tenn. Gov. Bill Lee, who has left the decision to resume in-person classes to individual districts.
Plans for the upcoming semester have been changing by the week for Middle Tennessee school districts. And now that in-person classes are imminent for many districts, teachers are facing their concerns about the coronavirus. And some of them are giving up their jobs.
Rutherford County Schools will require masks for everyone inside buildings in the coming year after a unanimous school board vote Tuesday. Yet whether in-person classes will even happen is still undetermined.
The Wilson County Board of Education voted to reject a mask mandate at a meeting on Thursday evening. The district is one of the many trying to figure out how to reopen safely.
There have been lingering questions about how to engage students with disabilities and English-language learners as Metro Nashville Public Schools prepares for an all-virtual start to the semester.
Hundreds of professors at Vanderbilt University are calling for a greater say in the way administrators reopen campus in the fall. The faculty members created a petition asking for a default distance learning policy — along with a list of what they consider achievable demands.