2020-21 School Year Will Offer In-Person and Virtual Learning Options

新皇冠体育盘口With the 2020-21 school year starting on August 4, MNPS families will have two options for the first semester.  

More than 16,000 parents participated in a survey this month, sharing their thoughts and concerns regarding the reopening of schools. Many were enthusiastic about their children returning to school in person, while many felt just as strongly that their children should learn remotely until the spread of COVID-19 is no longer a threat in our community.  

新皇冠体育盘口Dr. Battle updated the MNPS School Board on reopening schools planning Tuesday. Her presentation begins at 39:00.

Choices for the First Semester

So, families will have the choice of in-person or virtual learning for each child for the first semester, which runs from August until the holiday break in December. Making a decision on a semester basis will allow schools to adequately staff both the in-person and virtual programs, develop seating assignments to maximize social distancing, and ensure consistency with accountability measures.  

For families who want to keep their students at home:

  • MNPS will offer virtual schooling options that will allow students to make academic progress and meet state requirements for daily learning. 

  • Students who choose this option will still be tied to the school they would have attended if they were going to school in person. 

  • In-person extracurricular options, including sports, would still be an option for those students choosing a virtual classroom environment.  

For families who want their children to go to their school buildings every day:

  • MNPS will provide personal protective equipment such as masks and sanitizer stations and enforcing social distancing whenever possible to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.  

“It is clear that there is a strong appetite for remote learning options among one-fourth  of our parents and teachers,” Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle said during a presentation to the Board of Education on Tuesday, June 23.  

“If enough parents opt for remote learning, then we can reduce pressure on our school environments to better allow for social distancing protocols necessary to protect the health and safety of staff and students.” 

More Details TO COME

More details about both the virtual and in-person options, as well as sign-up forms for families to express their preference, will be provided.  

MNPS teams are working hard to prepare for the logistical and organizational challenges of this new way of providing education, including how parents can sign up, how schools will assign teachers, and how students will receive necessary equipment.  

新皇冠体育盘口“We had initially planned on releasing more information about reopening plans the week of July 6,” Dr. Battle wrote in an email to MNPS families, “but I wanted to go ahead and share what we know now so that you can start preparing mentally for these two options and considering as a family which one will be best for your students.” 

Decisions about the second semester will be made closer to the time, based on public health data in Nashville.