NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Metro Nashville Public Schools is asking parents and guardians to decide whether they want their students to return to the classroom or continue with virtual learning.

Parents or guardians will have to fill out a survey which they should have received in an email to make their decision. A separate survey will need to be completed for each child in your household.

“We know some students and families are thriving in the virtual environment, while others are eager to return to the classroom,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, director of schools. “We hope that the last month has given families enough information to decide what is best for their students.”

Metro school students have been learning virtually since the start of the school year, and the plan for virtual learning was recently pushed to continue until October.

Starting last night, parents can decide in the survey whether they want their child to return to school or continue learning virtually. Parents have until September 15 to make their decision.

“As students return to in-person learning, we want to create as safe an environment as possible while also remaining committed to providing students in the virtual environment a consistent, high-quality experience,” said Dr. Battle. “Our efforts to return to face-to-face learning require the entire community to pitch in and do our part by continuing to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and wear masks whenever possible.”

Students who attend in person will be required to wear masks, which will be provided for them as well as staff.

Protocols to encourage social distancing and clustering will also be implemented. School nurses will assist the Metro Public Health Department in contact tracing efforts and informing students and staff if they are required to quarantine.

Parents you will need your child’s MNPS username in lowercase letters as an access code to complete the survey.

Metro Schools says classroom schedules and teacher assignments will be based on whether students will attend virtually or in person, which could mean your child may be assigned a new teacher or teachers.

Once a parent or guardian decides to keep their child learning online or back in the classroom, it will stay that way for the rest of the first semester.

In December, Metro Schools will give parents a chance to alter their decision for the second semester. 

If the district does not receive a survey response, the student will be opted-in to in-person learning.

Students who remain in virtual learning will still be able to participate in their school’s extracurricular activities.

The surveys are for students who attend MNPS district-run schools and do not include charter schools, which have established their own policies and procedures.

MNPS is bringing students with exceptional needs back to the classroom starting this month. 

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