Back to School

Welcome Back to school 2020-2021

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We wish this could be a typical back-to-school guide – or even a guide that would help families choose which kind of learning environment in which to start the new school year on Aug. 4. 

新皇冠体育盘口But with the recent and sustained spike in COVID-19 cases in Nashville and Davidson County, MNPS has decided to start the 2020-21 year with every student in a virtual learning environment through at least Labor Day.  

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Our Safe Return Goals

  1. Keep students and staff and their well-being at the center of our decision-making and actions.
  2. Provide high-quality, personalized learning opportunities that support the growth and success of each student no matter if it is in person or virtual.
  3. Support the social-emotional needs of the student and provide wrap-around services for families in need.
  4. Provide transparent and consistent communication to our students, families and educators.

This will allow social distancing, mask mandates, and other measures to take effect and reduce the spread of COVID-19 before tens of thousands of students and staff return to our schools, which could spread the disease among our people and in the community if we aren’t careful. 

The plan for the 2020-21 school year is not the remote learning we launched in the spring. We have built a strategic and comprehensive plan informed by the district’s experiences in the spring and designed to meet the needs of our students, families, and educators. 

新皇冠体育盘口On this page you’ll find information about what you can expect on important topics such as:

  • 新皇冠体育盘口Virtual learning

  • Accessibility and equity for all students

  • 新皇冠体育盘口Social and emotional support for students

  • Meals and family support

  • Safety

  • What the eventual return to in-person learning will look like.

Check back to this page regularly for updates that will help you navigate this unique year.

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Family Decision Survey

Update, September 8: As Metro Schools continues to monitor COVID-19 trends in Davidson County, the district is preparing for students to return to face-to-face learning by asking parents and guardians to tell us if they want to continue virtually or come to schools in person. 

Families can respond to the Family Decision Survey to express their preference for virtual or in-person schooling. 

Survey Response is Due:新皇冠体育盘口 Tuesday, September 15.

For details, translated into various languages, and a FAQ section, please visit our blog.


Metro Schools will remain virtual for most students until Oct. 12

Update, August 25: Metro Schools will remain virtual for most students until October 12 and the district will seek to phase-in students returning to the classroom after the fall break if conditions allow.

Please read the blog post for the announcement新皇冠体育盘口 more updates on topics such as athletics, activities, virtual learning and school Navigators.


Update, August 28

In-Person Technical Support Available

新皇冠体育盘口Do you need in-person help with your computer or WiFi hotspot? Do you need help logging in to Microsoft Teams or Schoology? Do you have any questions about using the technology for online learning? 

In-Person Tech Support

新皇冠体育盘口Come see us for help from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 31 to September 18 at these six school locations: 

Translated In-Person Technical Support Informational Flyers

Arabic | Burmese | English | Kurdish | Nepali | Spanish

Safety Requirements: To keep our staff, students and families safe, everyone in attendance must wear a mask, get their temperature checked, maintain social distance.

MNPS Tech Support

Visit the MNPS Tech Support page for things such as:

  • Tips and troubleshooting help with your technology.

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  • An online form you can fill out to ask for help from tech services.



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Family Support


Academics


District Calendar


Tech Support


Meals


Your Contact Information


Enrollment


Student-Parent Handbook

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important
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Click below to learn more about each topic.

Important Dates

  • August 4: First full day for grades 1-12; Half day for Pre-K and K.
  • August 5: Full day for grades 1-12; Half day for Pre-K and K.
  • August 6: Teacher planning (Students do not report)
  • September 7: Labor Day Holiday (District closed)

Download the 2020-2021 District Calendar in several languages -- English, Arabic, Burmese, Kurdish, Nepali, Somali, Spanish -- on the district calendar page.

Approved Communication Tools

Metro Schools recommends these approved communication tools because they adhere to the online safety and privacy standards required for the safety of our students. Other apps, whether free or paid, may not safely protect your information or your student’s information.
  • SCHOOLOGY: The learning management system is available to MNPS teachers in grades 3 to 12 and offers a robust set of learning and two-way communication tools that teachers and administrators can use with students and their families.

    Schoology apps are available for Android, iOS and Kindle Fire

  • TEAMS: Our district uses Microsoft Teams to connect through video, audio calls, chat, document sharing and screen sharing. Teams is a free tool you can use on any mobile device or computer. Students can log in to their accounts with their MNPS credentials.

    Teams apps are available for Android and iOS

  • REMIND: Remind is the most commonly used messaging app for communication between teachers and their students and families. Remind offers both a free and paid service, is great for chatting with groups and is certified by iKeepSafe for privacy practices related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

    Remind apps are available for Android and iOS

  • SKYPE: All MNPS teachers and schools have access to Skype for Business 2016, a free tool available on all smart devices that offers video conferencing, chat and screen sharing. It also offers live subtitles and captions.

    Skype apps are available for Android and iOS

School Supplies

Please note: Although some name brands are listed on Back to School lists, generic items are acceptable. Please contact your child’s teacher or principal with specific questions.

All our school supply lists can be found on . If you do not see your school listed, check your school webpage or contact the school directly. Please note: Although some name brands are listed on Back to School lists, generic items are acceptable. Please contact with specific questions.

View our translated glossary for school supplies新皇冠体育盘口, available in several languages.

Immunizations

All students entering kindergarten, the 7th grade, or who are new enrollees to MNPS, must have an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate, which may be obtained by your pediatrician or the .

Metro Health Department clinics are open July 21 to August 14 for vaccinations. Appointments are necessary. Families should bring their child’s shot record to confirm what immunizations are needed. Eligible children may receive free vaccinations. Learn more about these three clinics on the

  • East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane, 37216 .......... (615) 862-7916
  • Lentz Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue, 37209 ...... (615) 340-5616
  • Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Avenue, 37210 ....... (615) 862-7940

New Principals

A great team of new MNPS principals are coming on board this school year. If your child’s school has a new principal, we soon will add their Welcome Letter to the school's webpage.

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frequently
asked questions

新皇冠体育盘口The answers in this Frequently Asked Questions section will address questions about beginning school while learning remotely.

Some of the answers also address a return to in-person learning to help students and families prepare for the unique circumstances we can expect when it becomes possible to come back to our school buildings.

New information is regularly added to this section and page.

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Online Learning

    Related Arts Classes: Update September 8

    We have heard the Related Arts areas have caused some anxiety for some students. These areas are meant to be essential to a well-rounded education for our students and should not cause undue stress. In fact, we hope our students look forward to engaging with these lessons. It’s important for students and families to know these guidelines and then ask for help if needed.

    Elementary School: Students should receive the equivalent of one Related Arts lesson (P.E., Art, Music, etc.) each day. If your student is showing multiple assignments, they are intended to be completed throughout the week. If you believe your student has been assigned more than this amount, please contact their teacher.

    Middle School: Students should receive the equivalent of one Related Arts lesson (P.E., Art, Music, etc.) each day. However, depending on your school, it could be the same subject daily for the entire quarter, or it could be a different subject daily. If you believe your student is receiving more related arts work than what is described, please contact their teacher.

    High School: High School work is assigned by course. Your student should receive a similar workload for each course in which they are enrolled.

    Previous Questions

    If we start in an all-virtual setting, what will be the criteria for shifting to provide an in-person option?
    Metro Schools will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in consultation with the Metro Health Department to determine when it is safe for in-person schools, following the Mayor’s roadmap for reopening when possible. Key factors will include the rate of community spread, with the goal of being at or below an R0 of 1. Decisions will be communicated at least two weeks prior to a shift back to in-person classes so that students and staff can appropriately prepare.

    How will attendance work during virtual learning?
    All students will begin this school year attending remotely. However, when our students can safely return to school, we will still offer remote learning in lieu of in-person classes for those who want it. Regardless of the option selected, Tennessee law for mandatory attendance requires children ages 6 through 17 to attend school.

    Students attending remotely must log into the distance learning platform each instructional day and actively engage in learning opportunities to be counted present for the day. Active engagement includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Submitting assignments
  • Completing assessments
  • Participating in online classroom discussions
  • Interacting with teachers

    新皇冠体育盘口 To accommodate for asynchronous (on your own time) learning opportunities, students have until 11:59 p.m. to access and participate in the distance learning platforms Schoology or Flipgrid.

    What learning platform will my student use?
    Grades K-12 will use Schoology and Pre-K will use Flipgrid. Learn more about these learning systems at keepgraphica.com/digitaltools or click on the sidebar on this page.

    Will students use the Florida Virtual School curriculum all school year?
    MNPS K-12 students will use the Florida Virtual School curriculum for online classes as well as for in-person classes when it is safe to return. That way, students - whether working at home or in school - will learn at the same pace as their peers and in such a way that they can move between a virtual and an in-person class environment as the COVID-19 pandemic requires.

    What are the computer or device system requirements for virtual learning?
    MNPS will use Schoology for most virtual learning activities in K-12 courses. Schoology works on most devices with web capabilities The preferred browser is Chrome. Any device (Chromebook, iOS, or Windows laptops such as Dell or Surface) with an internet connection will allow students to access Schoology. Android Fire tablets are discouraged from being used. For more information, visit Schoology’s website.

    Will Honors and AP classes be offered in both formats?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Yes, Honors and AP offerings will be available whether a student is in-person or virtual.

    Will MAP testing occur in both formats?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Yes, the MAP assessment can be administered in both formats.

    Synchronous or asynchronous? If asynchronous, is the pace limited?
    The virtual environment will be mostly asynchronous but will also include synchronous opportunities for students to connect with their teachers and peers in real time. Virtual lessons will follow the same timeline as in-person classes.

    Will the virtual curriculum mirror in-person classes?
    Yes, MNPS will use the same curriculum for in-person classes as will be used for virtual classes in order to allow for easier transitions between the two formats.

    Will the online lessons be the same as the lessons given in person?
    新皇冠体育盘口 All teachers will be operating off a standard curriculum in both the in-person and virtual environments. Though lessons may be customized by the teacher, the content and goals of the lessons will be the same.

    Are the online classes going to be livestreamed, or will it be a pre-recorded lesson (from their instructor) that they watch, or will the student be given a link to an online module to go through?
    Teachers will be required to host live classroom instructions for a certain number of hours based upon their grade/tier and area of focus. Virtual classes will be recorded and posted for students who are unable to participate at that time. Additional learning content will be provided through the MNPS curriculum vendor.

    If it is a pre-recorded video lesson from their instructor, will they be able to watch it more than once?
    Livestreamed classes will be recorded and available for students to watch or re-watch at their own pace.

    Are the online classes livestreamed? If not, do online students have to log in at a certain time of day and for a certain number of hours, or do they just consume the online content at their own pace?
    Virtual schooling will primarily be asynchronous, but there also will be synchronous opportunities for students to connect with teachers and peers in real time.

    Are the classwork/homework modules that students complete online created by their teacher, or are they generated from another source?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Teachers will be provided with a curriculum that includes pre-produced homework and classwork assignments, but some teachers will create their own depending on their own content as well.

    If they are not created by the teacher, what source will they be using?
    As a district, we are contracting with the Florida Virtual School to provide curriculum for online classes as well as for in-person classes when it is safe to return.

    Will MNPS be outsourcing online content for instruction?
    Yes, MNPS is proposing to contract with the Florida Virtual School for a curriculum that will be used for in-person and virtual lessons.

    How will classes that require hands-on instruction, equipment and materials such as labs, art, and band be addressed online?
    To the extent possible, we are preparing to provide students with materials they will need to learn at home. Our virtual curriculum will include the opportunity for students in these classes to use common household items to support learning at home.

    How will tests be given online in a manner that ensures the integrity of the system relative to an in-person test where the ability to find answers from other sources is impossible?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Lockdown browsers and a plug-in installed on student-issued computers can track additional browser windows opened during an assessment. Quality assessments allow the student to demonstrate thinking as opposed to solely identifying answers.

    If a parent opts to do homeschooling for a semester, will their child’s seat at an optional school be available in the fall?
    Students who are disenrolled to participate in non-MNPS homeschooling will not have their seats held for them at an optional school. If there is a waiting list, those students will be provided the opportunity to attend. If seats are available when a parent opts to send their student back to an MNPS school, that option may be available.

    Who is the point of contact if my child needs assistance in online classes?
    Each student will be assigned a point of contact, or navigator, at the school for check-ins, technical assistance, and other questions that arise in the online setting.

    How can families access an interpreter if they need support in a language other than English?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Families can contact the Family Information Center at 615-259-4636. The Family Information Center will connect the family with a member of the MNPS Office of Translation Interpretation and Services.

    How should schools and teachers communicate with families that speak a language other than English at home?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Teachers and staff must use interpretation and translation services for communication with non-English Language Background families as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Schools should use their Parent Outreach translator to proactively contact students and their families to ensure they can participate in any school-provided instruction and other school and/or community-based activities.

    How should schools and teachers request interpretation and translation services? Schools should contact their assigned Parent Outreach Translator. If they do not have an assigned translator, school staff can email translation services. Please see the. for more information and email Manuel Diaz if you have any questions or concerns.

Student Support

    What supports are in place for students and their families who are not proficient at using computers?
    MNPS will offer training sessions to help students and families learn how to use the devices that will be issued to families that need them. The training sessions will be translated in the primary languages spoken in MNPS. Additionally, we are expanding the help desk to better support students and families using technology.

    What happens if a computer breaks or is not working and a student cannot get online to get instruction?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Technology support will be offered through the MNPS Help Desk at (615) 269-5956.

    How can a family that speaks a language other than English get technology support in their language?
    Starting July 27, 2020, families that speak a language other than English can receive technology assistance by calling 615-259-8787. MNPS will have an interpreter and technology support specialist ready to assist them.

    How will IEPs/504 Plans be implemented in a virtual or an in-person environment?
    All students will have equitable access to core content provided by teachers. There are teams working to provide materials and supports that are differentiated and focused on meeting each student’s need.

    For students with an IEP or a 504 plan, we are developing a COVID-19 Continuous Learning Individualized Plan (CLIP) that you should receive by August 4. The CLIP will identify how MNPS intends to implement the services and supports outlined in your child's lEP or Section 504 Plan when we are in a virtual setting.

    新皇冠体育盘口 It is our goal that students are learning the first day of school (August 4) and that students are being assessed for any regression that has occurred during school closures. Teachers and related service providers will begin supporting access to core content and interventions as well as related services at the start of the school year. School staff will establish a schedule of ongoing check-ins and expectations for parent communication. School teams will continue to collect data and monitor your child's progress to determine if their needs are being met.

    For students engaged in transition activities, school staff will explain how employment and community-based instruction will be addressed as a result of the Metro Health Department’s order that mandates what phase the city is in.

    Will paraprofessionals or teachers be allowed to support students in their home environments for virtual learning?
    MNPS will be using a variety of virtual platforms to interact with students. At this time, MNPS employees will not be entering individuals’ homes. This is for the safety of our employees and our families. Paraprofessionals will continue to support students and the classroom remotely. Paraprofessionals may support students in a variety of ways through virtual learning: alongside teachers during instruction, individual or small group instruction as directed by the teacher, or in check-ins/check-outs with you or your child using your preferred communication method. Paraprofessionals providing behavior supports will work closely with you to help implement behavior strategies. Supports from paraprofessionals during virtual learning will be documented on the Continuous Learning Individualized Plan (CLIP).

    Can guardians of children with disabilities choose a hybrid schedule?
    MNPS is not offering a hybrid schedule to any students at this time. As we start the school year, school buildings will be closed to students until we can move to an in-person learning option. The options available to all students will also be available for students with disabilities.

    How will Speech and OT, PT and other related services be provided with online instruction?
    Related services will be provided through the Teams platform which was successfully used during the summer for ESY.

    If a student or family has an issue with the implementation of the student’s IEP, who should the student or parent contact to discuss the issue?
    The family should contact their child’s school principal and special education teacher to discuss their concern. If there are additional concerns that have not been resolved, please contact EEquestions@keepgraphica.com.

    What expectations are there for classroom teachers and special education and EL teachers to co-plan and coordinate teaching?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Classroom teachers and special education/EL teachers must collaborate and co-plan between content and other teachers in supporting all learners to provide accommodations, modification, accessibility and equity for all students. Teachers must implement accommodations and modifications found in the IEP, or as determined in the CLIP. For English Language learners teachers must also implement language accommodations and scaffolds found in the ILP.

    Will students receive supplies, materials and equipment to address IEP goals?
    If there are not safety concerns regarding the use of the supplies, materials, or equipment then the items stated in your child’s IEP will be brought to your home. You will be contacted by a District specialist to determine if your child’s equipment can be safely used at home and/or if alternative methods are available.

    How will Speech and OT, PT and other related services be provided with online instruction?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Related services will be provided through the Teams platform which was successfully used during the summer for ESY.

    If a student or family has an issue with the implementation of the student’s IEP, who should the student or parent contact to discuss the issue?
    新皇冠体育盘口 The family should contact their child’s school principal and special education teacher to discuss their concern.

    Will there be a contact person the student and/or parent can speak to about issues they are having with the teacher, the platform, the resources, and/or the assignments?
    Families should contact their school’s principal if there are issues with the teacher.

    What is the protocol for dealing with issues the student may have, either with instruction or comprehension of lesson plans?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Families should contact their child’s teacher and school principal if issues arise. Translation and interpretation will be provided by MNPS if needed. Homework Hotline is also available as a free resource for students.

    Can an online student who qualifies for FRL access meals? If so, how?
    Meals will be provided for students participating in a virtual environment. Those students who do not attend a CEP school must qualify for a free and reduced lunch or pay for the meals. Cafeterias will offer grab-and-go meals and will partner with MNPS Transportation for meal delivery when feasible.

    How will English Learners services be provided with online instruction?
    新皇冠体育盘口 EL services will continue to occur daily from certified EL teachers in the virtual setting. EL services align with grade-level standards and curriculum. Schools select service models from district service model options based on each student’s English proficiency level and Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The service model selected in a regular setting carries over to the virtual setting.

    ELs with more than one WIDA ACCESS domain score below 3.5 shall receive one hour per day of virtual ELs service from an EL teacher (sheltered ELD/ELA class, co-teaching, or services during PLT).

    Students scoring 3.5 or above on WIDA ACCESS composite, reading, writing, and one (1) other domain on the WIDA ACCESS and ELs in kindergarten scoring between 20 and 27 on all domains of the W-APT may have services tailored to their needs, including fewer hours of virtual EL direct instruction based on their ILP, skills-based interventions, and other services that are differentiated for each EL.

    What expectations are there for classroom teachers and special education and EL teachers to co-plan and coordinate teaching? 
    Classroom teachers and special education/EL teachers must collaborate and co-plan between content and other teachers in supporting all learners to provide accommodations, modification, accessibility and equity for all students. Teachers must implement accommodations and modifications found in the IEP and language accommodations and scaffolds found in the ILP.  

    What are the requirements for updating ILPs in the virtual setting?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Each active English Learner, including students who waived EL services, have an Individual Learning Plan in ELLevation. The ILP includes each student’s EL demographics, Can Do Descriptors, classroom accommodations, and language progress goals. All teachers must implement the classroom accommodations and update Individual Learning Plans (ILP) in ELLevation as progress is made on language development goals. Individual Learning Plans (ILP), formative language assessments, and ACCESS data in the reading, writing, listening and speaking domains inform EL services. ILPs are updated every 4.5 weeks by all teachers who work with the student. 

    How will school systems administer the Home Language Survey to newly enrolling students? If a family indicates a language other than English on the Home Language Survey, how will the school system screen the students for EL identification within 30 days?  
    新皇冠体育盘口 The required Home Language Survey (HLS) is embedded in the Online Registration (OLR) form. In all settings, families are filling out the HLS upon initial enrollment.

    The Office of English Learners is continuing registration and assessment of newly enrolling NELB students at 10 remote registration and assessment centers across the district to allow for social distancing. Students are screened using the WAPT/WIDA Screener for EL eligibility. During intermittent closures, we will continue to complete as much of the process as possible and assess upon return to physical buildings.

Transportation

    Will there be bus service/transportation? Will there be social distancing/masks required on buses? What about MTA/WeGo?
    When school is being held in person, yellow-school-bus transportation will be provided. Families will be encouraged to provide transportation for the students, when possible, to reduce the number of bus riders at any one given time.

    Families will be asked to check students daily for symptoms before sending them to school via bus transportation, or any other methods.

    新皇冠体育盘口 Staff and students will be required to wear masks on buses. Masks will be provided to students that don’t have them. Students may bring their own mask.

    MTA/WeGo buses will be running. The district has been in close communication with them. The district expects that when schools are being held in person, MTA/WeGo will be running a schedule that is very close to their normal schedules. Since MNPS’s decision to be virtual or in-person will be largely determined by community spread, the district anticipates that when school is not being held in person, MTA/WeGo’s schedule’s will likely also be reduced.

    How will students socially distance on buses?
    There will be a limit of two students per seat, and seating charts will be created to allow for grouping based on the bus stop. Students will be asked to keep their distance from others when exiting the bus and no students will be assigned to the front rows near the driver.

    Special transportation included in a student’s IEP will also be provided and follow the safety procedures outlined above.

    Will buses be disinfected between rides?
    Bus drivers will disinfect seats after the morning and afternoon runs. The manufacturer recommendations for the disinfectant is to allow for 30 minutes drying time between applications, so it is not feasible to do this after every bus run.

    Between rides, bus drivers will wipe touch points such as handrails and the tops/backs of seats with sanitizing wipes.

Staff & Personnel

    Will teachers be asked to do virtual and in-person classes?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Teachers for in-person classes may still use remote options, such as Schoology, to supplement their classroom experience, but they will not be asked to teach all virtual students in addition to a full in-person schedule. There may be teachers with specializations whose daily schedules are organized to provide virtual classes and in-person classes.

    What kind of training will the online teachers receive before school begins if they are doing instruction online for the first time?
    When the district moved into Remote Learning 2.0 last spring, more than 4,500 teachers attended live interactive webinars to support online instruction. Throughout the summer, teachers have enrolled and completed Level 1 and Level 2 self-paced courses. An additional live event will be held on July 31st. Teachers will also have access to district Learning Technology Specialists for support.

    Will the online instructors be collaborating and lesson planning with the in-person instructors?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Online instructors will be staff from the physical school where the student attends. Administrators should conduct staff meetings whenever possible to allow for attendance of all relevant staff.

    If they are using an existing source, will all teachers across the district be required to use the same source?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Online instructors will be staff from the physical school where the student attends. Administrators should conduct staff meetings whenever possible to allow for attendance of all relevant staff.

    If an online instructor becomes sick and is unable to work, will a substitute teacher take over the online instruction, or will the students be given to another online instructor?
    新皇冠体育盘口 In the event an online instructor is unable to work, then school administration will follow normal substitute policies.

    What is the maximum amount of students an online instructor will be assigned?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Teachers will have the same amount of students in a virtual setting as they would in an in-person setting.

    If the online teacher is different than the in-person instructor, will the students they are assigned only be from my student’s school or will they be providing instruction for students from several schools?
    新皇冠体育盘口 In extremely rare cases, it is possible that a student learns from teachers in multiple schools. This provides an advantage to students who would be able to access some courses that may not be available at their assigned school.

    If the online lessons are not livestreamed from the student’s school, will their online teacher be different than the one they would have if they were attending in person?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Teacher assignments, either in-person or virtual, will be made by the school administration based on student needs. If a student chooses the virtual option, they will be pared with a virtual teacher. Though some teachers may have both virtual and in-person assignments based on their grade-level tier or specialty, teachers will not be required to teach students in-person and virtually for the same class.

In-Person Instruction

    Will COVID-19 testing be required before students are allowed in-person instruction?
    No, CDC guidelines and local health officials do not recommend all students or staff be tested prior to classes. Staff will undergo screening for symptoms related to COVID-19 each day, and families will be asked to monitor symptoms of their children and keep them at home and/or get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms.

    Will movement of students be limited?
    Yes. In the interest of public health and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, students will not be able to move about as freely as they could before the pandemic.

    Will in-person classes include interactive/digital learning?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Yes, students working in a remote or in-person will have access to the same digital content.

    How will masks and social distancing be enforced?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Administrators will clearly communicate expectations for social distancing and masks using CDC guidelines before the in-person school year begins, at the start of the school year and throughout the school year. Staff will remind students and families of the COVID protocol and procedures on a continuous basis using verbal or written reminders. Should there be a violation of a safety protocol or procedure, the school will follow the schoolwide behavior plan.

    Is there a cap on the amount of students that will be allowed in a typical classroom to maintain social distancing?
    Due to classroom configurations, six feet of distance between desks will not often be feasible, but desks will be spaced as much as possible and facing in one direction.

    Will teachers be responsible for enforcing social distancing between students and enforcing wearing masks?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Yes, teachers will be responsible for enforcing social distancing between students and enforcing wearing of masks using a restorative practices approach.

    What kind of support will teachers have to enforce these things?
    Teachers will follow schoolwide behavior plan guidelines. As with any infraction, teachers would follow the schoolwide behavior plan to address non-compliance.

    What ramifications does a student face for not wearing a mask and/or not social distancing?
    Ramifications will be progressive in nature and can range from a conference between teacher and student, restorative conference with student and parents, and issuing of a collaborative referral. As a last resort, removal from the environment would be used.

    What policies are in place to address bullying around social distancing and mask wearing?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Board policy 6.304, “Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and Intimidation,” would apply.

    Who will be supplying teachers with cleaning supplies for the classroom?
    The district will provide sanitizing wipes to teachers.

    Will masks be required at all times unless the student is eating lunch?
    When social distancing is no possible, students and staff will be asked to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while in school buildings.

    If students are not mindful of personal space and social distancing in the hallways and are too close or bumping into other students, what is the recourse and who is monitoring/enforcing appropriate behavior?
    Social distancing should be encouraged wherever possible.

    If a student and/or teacher tests positive for COVID, does the school shut down?
    新皇冠体育盘口 Determinations about when to shut down will be made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Metro Health Department. Factors to be considered include when the student was last in school, whether they were symptomatic, if the movement of the student was confined to a limited area or group of students, etc.

    If school shuts down, do those students then get assigned an online instructor for the duration of the shutdown?
    In the event a school closes, all students and staff will move to the virtual environment. Students will remain with their assigned teachers.

Extracurriculars

    Will there be band/choir/theater/debate/etc. in the virtual setting?
    Related arts classes in K-8 and performing and visual arts courses in grades 5-12 will continue in the virtual setting to the extent it’s possible, but not everything can be replicated.

    Can parents attend their children’s games?
    This will depend on public health guidance about the number of people allowed to gather at an event.

Facts on Facilities

  • Parents will be asked to monitor symptoms of students and keep them home if they have the following symptoms: Temperature of 100.4 degrees or above; Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Chills; Repeated shaking with chills; Muscle pain; Headache; Sore throat; Loss of taste or smell; Diarrhea; Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19. Face masks shall be worn at all times in school buildings when social distancing can’t occur and will be provided by the district unless the student or staff member brings their own. Masks shall be worn at all times when moving between rooms.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms or who has been in close contact with a COVID-19 patient should be kept home, seek testing, and remain in self-isolation if required by the Metro Health Department. Students shall not return to class unless they are symptom free and their temperature has been below 100.4 degrees for 48 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine.
  • Schools will develop space utilization plans, with support from District staff, to creatively use non-classroom space that will allow for greater social-distancing.
  • Visitors to buildings will be strictly limited
  • Virtual meetings will be conducted when possible.
  • All visitors will be screened.
  • Movement within schools should be limited.
  • Meetings with parents that need to be held in person will be held in the office area or in a conference room, not in classrooms. Masks and social distancing will be required.
  • Custodians and staff will be following daily and nightly cleaning routines and using standard, CDC-approved cleaning supplies and disinfectants to ensure that classrooms, common areas, and touch points such as door knobs and light switches are cleaned frequently.


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A Safe return

Guidelines and expectation for a safe return to MNPS.

MNPS listened to feedback from our families, students, and educators collected through surveys and direct feedback and carefully considered input from public health experts. Based on this information and careful consideration of our existing resources, we will offer families the choice of in-person instruction or digital learning for students in grades Pre-K-12 when it is safe to open our classrooms. Our goal is to have an uninterrupted educational experience for students no matter how severe the spread of COVID-19 is in our community.

Download the Safe Return document

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What to Expect - for Students

» High-quality digital curriculum that allows for continuous learning when schools are open or closed

» Dedicated teacher throughout the school year or course

新皇冠体育盘口» Accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities and English Learners

» Daily health and safety checks

» Health & Safety/Social Distancing procedures: daily safe school cleaning procedures, frequent opportunities to wash hands, limited interaction with students outside of your class, lunch in your classroom, social distancing

新皇冠体育盘口» Personal protective equipment and materials provided and required (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.)

» Social-emotional and academic supports, including weekly one-on-one check-ins with a dedicated Teacher Navigator

» Weekly live sessions with your teacher and other class members

新皇冠体育盘口» District-provided device and internet access support where needed

新皇冠体育盘口» High School: Core academic courses including electives, AP courses available.

» Middle Grades: Core subjects and electives

» Elementary Grades: Core subjects (reading, writing, math, social studies and science) with enrichment and P.E.

» Accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities and English Learners



What to Expect - for Students with Disabilities

新皇冠体育盘口In addition to the expectations listed for all students, the following will occur for students with disabilities.

» Exceptional Education and 504 Services:

  • 新皇冠体育盘口Special Ed services occur as outlined in students’ IEPs

  • 504 Services occur as outlined in students’ 504 plans.

    新皇冠体育盘口» IEP/504 Meetings: Annual IEP/504 meetings will convene as scheduled or requested.

    » Classroom, content, related arts, and other teachers:

  • Classroom teachers and EE teachers must collaborate and co-plan between content and other teachers in supporting all learners to provide accommodations, modification, accessibility and equity for all students.
  • Teachers must implement accommodations and modifications as outlined in students’ IEP and 504 plans.

    新皇冠体育盘口» Questions about the implementation of a student’s IEP? Contact your child’s school principal and special education teacher via email.

  • » EE Services and 504 Services: For each child with disabilities, we are developing a COVID-19 Continuous Learning Individualized Plan (CLIP). The CLIP will identify how MNPS will implement the services and supports in your child's lEP or Section 504 Plan when we are in a virtual setting.info coming

    » IEP and 504 Meetings: Annual IEP/504 meetings will convene virtually as scheduled or requested.

    » Classroom, content, related arts, and other teachers:The expectations are the same for a virtual setting as in-person.

    » Questions about the implementation of a student’s IEP/504? Contact your child’s school principal, 504 coordinator or special education teacher via email.



    What to Expect - Services and Supports for English Language Learners

    In addition to the expectations listed for all students, the following will occur for students who are active English Learners.

    » Daily English Learner Services

  • EL (English Learner) services occur daily for a minimum of 1 hour from certified EL teachers.
  • EL services align with grade-level standards and curriculum.
  • EL teachers must use the grade-level curriculum provided by the district.
  • Schools select service models from district service model options based on each student’s English proficiency level and ILP.

    »Individual Learning Plans: Each active English Learner, including students who waived EL services, have an Individual Learning Plan in ELLevation.

  • » Daily English Learner Services

  • EL services occur daily from certified EL teachers in the virtual setting.
  • Virtual EL services align with grade-level standards and curriculum.
  • EL teachers must use the grade-level curriculum provided by the district in the virtual setting.
  • The service model used for in-person instruction continues to the virtual setting.
  • All sheltered ELD/ELA class, co-teaching, or services during PLT move to virtual setting.

    » Individual Learning Plans: The process for updating and utilizing Individual Learning Plans is the same for in-person and virtual. ELLevation can be accessed virtually.



  • What to Expect for Academics

    新皇冠体育盘口»High-quality digital curriculum that allows for continuous learning when schools are open or closed

    »Dedicated teacher throughout the school year or course

    » High-quality digital curriculum

    新皇冠体育盘口» Social-emotional and academic supports, including weekly one-on-one check-ins with a dedicated mentor or navigator

    新皇冠体育盘口» Weekly live sessions with your teacher and other class members

    » District-provided device and internet access support where needed

    新皇冠体育盘口» High School: Core academic courses including electives, AP courses available.

    » Middle Grades: Core subjects and electives

    新皇冠体育盘口 » Elementary Grades: Core subjects (reading, writing, math, social studies and science) with enrichment and P.E.



    What to Expect for Health and Safety

    新皇冠体育盘口» Daily health and safety checks

    新皇冠体育盘口» Personal protective equipment will be provided to all students and staff

    » School cleaning and social distancing procedures consistent with CDC guidelines, including provided masks and PPE

    新皇冠体育盘口» Procedures if family, student or staff is exposed or tests positive for coronavirus

    » Reduced number of interactions between different groups of students

    » Use of common spaces (gym, auditorium, cafeteria, etc.) for social distancing

    » Revised visitor policies to limit outside visitors to buildings

    新皇冠体育盘口» Revised discipline policies to support health and safety requirements

    » Social-emotional and academic supports, including weekly one-on-one check-ins with a dedicated mentor or navigator



    What to Expect - for Families

    » Goal is to offer in-person instruction with virtual learning only when necessary

    » Daily health and safety checks

    » School cleaning and social distancing procedures consistent with CDC guidelines, including provided masks and PPE

    » Procedures if family, student or staff is exposed or tests positive for coronavirus

    » Reduced number of interactions between different groups of students

    新皇冠体育盘口» Careful planning around meeting the needs of students with IEPs and English Learners

    » Use of common spaces (gym, auditorium, cafeteria, etc.) for social distancing

    » Revised visitor policies to limit outside visitors to buildings

    新皇冠体育盘口» Revised discipline policies to support health and safety requirements

    » Use of common platform for instruction and communication (Schoology) across all grades except PreK

    » Transportation, including special transportation in an IEP, will be provided with increased health and safety provisions

    » Consistent and transparent communication across school year

    » Translation and interpretation services for families that speak a language other than English at home

    » Teacher and school staff support through weekly one-on-one check-ins with students with a dedicated mentor or navigator to address student needs and challenges

    » Dedicated teacher throughout the school year or course

    新皇冠体育盘口» Social-emotional and academic supports, including weekly one-on-one check-ins with a dedicated Teacher Navigator

    » Weekly live sessions with your teacher and other class members

    新皇冠体育盘口» District-provided device and internet access support where needed

    » Consistent class and/or teacher assignments.

    新皇冠体育盘口» High School and Middle Grades: Check-in with student and monitor progress through Schoology daily. Reach out to teacher for support or to address concerns.

    新皇冠体育盘口» Elementary Grades: Support student in accessing and completing assignments. More live sessions with teachers than in upper grades.

    » Careful planning around meeting the needs of students with IEPs and English Learners

    » Technology support via helpdesk

    » Expanded homework hotline to support academics beyond the teacher



    What to Expect for Extracurriculars

    新皇冠体育盘口» Sports, band and other activities will continue, but there will be some requirements to ensure everyone’s health and safety

    » Students can continue to participate in their schools’ extracurricular activities as available, which will depend on public health conditions



    What to Expect for Wrap-Around Services

    » Schools will continue to support students’ social and emotional needs and will help students adjust to the return to in-person learning

    » Support for teachers

    » The district will get devices and internet access to students as needed

    » Virtual training for families

    » Virtual open house to start the year

    » Food distribution

    » Backpack distribution

    » Support for teachers



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