Metro Schools is working to provide a virtual option to families who are not comfortable returning to an in-person classroom environment in August. Schools will also be implementing safety protocols and providing PPE for students and staff for those students or families who are unable to participate in virtual schooling. MNPS will use existing technology resources to provide for students that will be replaced upon the availability of newly purchased laptops so that students who wish to participate in the remote option will have the laptops to do so.
The options presented by MNPS are more accommodating to the district than they are to families. Do parents have a real choice? If families are afraid to compromise their child’s health by sending them in-person to school but don’t have the support to participate in remote learning, what is the option they’re offering? The district promised electronic devices and internet hotspots for all students, but it’s now clear that not every child will get these tools before school starts. I’m concerned about how the district will prioritize students who are most in need and afraid that some of these children will fall even further through the cracks.