NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Metro Schools parents now have a better idea of how many students will return to the classroom next month. 

District officials said 75.3% of parents responded to the survey with 54% in favor of in-person learning and 46% chose to keep their child learning virtually. 

The results of the parent learning survey were announced at the MNPS school board meeting on Tuesday night. 

District officials said they are still trying to get in touch with those who didn’t respond. Otherwise, those students will be automatically opted into in-person learning.

Families had until the end of last week to decide if their students would continue online learning or go back to in-person learning.

"They need that face-to-face interaction much more so than they're having on a computer," said parent Ashley Howerton.

Family Decision Survey - Grade Level Count

Metro Schools released the results of the Family Decision Survey on a grade-level basis. There were 49,617 students included in the survey (75.3% of all students).

Grade Level Student Count % in-person
P3 246 58%
P4 1533 58%
K 4258 66%
1 4699 63%
2 4700 60%
3 4533 58%
4 4559 58%
5 3281 53%
6 3105 50%
7 3520 50%
8 3298 47%
9 3029 52%
10 3125 49%
11 3008 45%
12 2723 49%
Total students in survey 49,617

Full virtual learning for most Metro Schools students is set to continue through fall break. 

"For some, it's too fast. For others, it's not fast enough, but through it all, our decision making process has been focused on the safety of everyone," said Dr. Adrienne Battle, MNPS director.

Now that there is a better idea of how many students want to return, the Metro Nashville Education Association said a good amount of teachers don’t seem ready for that.

MNEA’s president said according to their survey a significant number of teachers don’t feel safe returning and the group said before students come back, teachers want PPE provided, classrooms socially distanced and extended paid sick leave.

Once fall break is over Metro Schools' phase-in schedule is as follows: 

  • Pre-K through Grade 2 will return for half days on Oct. 13 and 14 and two full days on Oct. 15 and 16. 
  • Grades 3 and 4 return on Oct. 20
  • Grades 5 and 6 return on Oct. 27 
  • Grades 7 and 8 return on Nov. 4
  • High school students return in January

The schedule will continue as COVID-19 conditions allow and will give schools the ability to adjust their plans as necessary to bring students and staff back to the classroom safely.

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