At least four school districts in Middle Tennessee that recently reopened are now struggling with new cases of coronavirus. This has caused some of their schools to close until further notice. But Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey says that might be an overreaction.
Middle Tennessee school districts are already readjusting their plans for the semester because of positive coronavirus contacts.
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.
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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.
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.
Wilson County has made a last-minute decision to delay the start of the school year by two weeks. Meanwhile, an East Tennessee district says it’s already experienced its first case of the coronavirus, just two days after reopening.
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.
Nashville’s school board is again saying “no” to the opening of more charter schools.