Students with Disabilities

Virtual Live Events for Families

Informational Online Forums

  1. Guidance on Remote Learning for Students on a Modified Curriculum (Alternate Assessment) can be viewed at this link:

  2. Creating Routines and Structures at Home:

    • English Version:  

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  3. Immersive Reader:  

In-person Learning Option After Labor Day


Update, August 25

Based on an assessment of current needs through existing IEP and 504 documents, MNPS will, after Labor Day, invite K-12 students who would most benefit from the in-person environment to attend school in person, starting with students who are currently placed in the most restrictive learning environment. 

新皇冠体育盘口School teams are reviewing students’ needs, their access to instruction and intervention, and other considerations. Case managers will reach out to families soon to discuss the option of returning to in-person learning on the following schedule: 

  • 新皇冠体育盘口Wednesday, September 9: Students in contracted special day schools (Genesis Academy and High Roads School of Nashville)

  • Wednesday, September 16: Students in district-run special day schools (Harris-Hillman, Cora Howe, Murrell)

  • 新皇冠体育盘口Wednesday, September 23: Students with disabilities in traditional schools who participate in modified curriculum or who have significant challenges accessing virtual learning effectively.


Here are a few things to know about what in-person learning will look like for students:

Transportation for Students

    Students will be picked up by MNPS special education bus drivers. Students will not be screened prior to riding the bus but will be required to wear masks, which will be provided as necessary. Parents will be asked to check students daily for symptoms prior to sending them to school via bus or other forms of transportation.


    We are in the process of designating sites for in-person learning based on the number of students who opt in. Transportation will be provided to the designated school location.

Social Distancing

    Social distancing and personal protection strategies will be in place at all school locations. Staff members and students will be required to wear a facial covering or mask throughout the day, in accordance with CDC and Metro Public Health Department guidelines, when social distancing is not possible. Social distancing will be required throughout the school location.


    新皇冠体育盘口 Special education teachers and para professionals will be in person to provide services on a daily basis. At this time we don’t know if students will have the same teachers and providers as they do during virtual learning. General education content will continue to be provided virtually with Florida Virtual School. Related service providers may be in-house or virtual, depending on the needs of students.

About Exceptional Education

At Metro Nashville Public Schools, we believe that every student has the ability to succeed. We believe that inclusive education is the norm and ensures a high-quality education for every student. By setting rigorous standards and  providing effective instruction, intervention and necessary supports for success, we provide an array of services and resources to students and families. In collaboration with educators and families we foster high expectations and provide services to meet the academic, as well as the social, behavioral, adaptive, and physical needs of the whole child. 

新皇冠体育盘口In accordance with Tennessee State Law and Child Find, our schools strive to provide every student with exactly the kind of learning environment they need. However, our capabilities don’t end with our students. Metro Nashville Public Schools also works with the families of its students. The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate those who need special education and related services.

MNPS Partners With Parents

新皇冠体育盘口Raising a child that has special needs is a huge undertaking. Whether your child has autism, visual impairment, deafness, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, physical impairments, emotional disturbance, speech impairment, or a traumatic brain injury, we have a strong team of specialists standing by to help! Our programs are inclusive and take a holistic approach to special needs education.

All children grow and develop at different rates. If you suspect that your child has a disability, you can come to us for guidance. You can schedule a meeting to discuss your child’s needs by calling our office at 615-687-4551 ext 665698. From there, here’s the process:

Step 1: Referral
Step 2: Gathering Information
Step 3: Assessment Plan
Step 4: Evaluations & Reports
Step 5: Eligibility Determined


Our Programs For Students With Disabilities

新皇冠体育盘口Metro Schools is devoted to making sure that every student receives the help that they need. For this reason, each student has an Individual Education Program (IEP) that addresses their needs. A student’s IEP is an instructional tool for all of our team members that interact with them. We ensure that every student has an instructionally appropriate IEP. 

It is essential that we work with our community to ensure we are all advocating for students with disabilities. In order to do that we have developed the Exceptional Education Family Council (EEFAC). EEFAC is a group of parents of children who
新皇冠体育盘口receive special education services in Metro Schools. Any parent of a child who receives these services is eligible to be a member of EEFAC.

新皇冠体育盘口EEFAC meets in September, November, January, March and May during the school year. EEFAC offers presentations on a variety of topics of interest to parents.

Transition Services

Metro Nashville Public Schools provides a variety of transition services to students with disabilities. The Community Based Transition Program is a vocational training program for Metro Schools students ages 18 to 22.

新皇冠体育盘口There are seven training sites across the county where a certified special education teacher and two job coaches work with students on functional academics and life skills. Our students spend part of their school day at non-paid job training site in locations such as small businesses, hotels and hospitals.

新皇冠体育盘口Our program also offers training to businesses and information on hiring our students once they leave the program. Successful transition planning benefits from collaboration among all stakeholders, including the student, family, potential employers, community members, service providers, and the school system.

Contact information:

  • For information on the Community Based Transition program and Project Search contact Kate Deitzer.

  • For all other transition questions please email us新皇冠体育盘口 or 615-333-5175 x 665402. 

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Additional Resources:

The recognizes all of the disabilities as outlined by the rules and regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. In addition, Tennessee has identified students who meet the criteria of intellectual giftedness and functional delay as exceptional areas. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, we encourage you to look through the following list of supplemental resources. If you do not find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us新皇冠体育盘口 or call 615-333-5175 x 665402

If you are a representative from another school district and you are seeking a student’s records, please contact the student’s previous school in MNPS. Student records are kept at the last school of attendance or the MNPS Records Center.

Volunteer as an educational Surrogate Parent for a student with Disabilities

Are you looking for a way to get involved and make a real difference?

新皇冠体育盘口Here is one very important way: Metro Schools is in need of volunteers who can represent the educational interests of students with disabilities.

新皇冠体育盘口What is a Surrogate Parent?

MNPS Surrogate Parent
  • 新皇冠体育盘口A surrogate parent is a volunteer who is appointed by a local education agency/school to assist children who do not have parents or family members who can be their advocate. 

  • 新皇冠体育盘口The surrogate parent has all of the rights, and can make all of the special education or early intervention decisions, that usually are made by the child's parents.

  • Surrogate parents can review educational records; request and consent to evaluations and reevaluations; and challenge the recommendations of the education or early intervention agency by requesting informal and formal dispute resolution procedures. 

  • 新皇冠体育盘口A surrogate parent does not have any rights and responsibilities for the child outside of the special education process.

Download the informational Surrogate Parent flyer新皇冠体育盘口 for details and contact information.