Districts — including Murfreesboro City Schools, Rutherford County Schools, Wilson County Schools and, most recently, Metro Nashville Public Schools — have announced that face coverings will be optional for students and staff heading into the new school year.
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.
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.
Middle Tennessee school districts are already readjusting their plans for the semester because of positive coronavirus contacts.
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.
Tennessee education officials are praising twenty-one school systems for “exemplary” results in the last academic year. At the same time, they’re sending warnings to more than a third of the state’s school districts. The message: standardized test scores aren’t improving fast enough for at least some of your students.