With Metro Nashville Public Schools closed through at least April 3 as part of a statewide effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus, school officials are encouraging families to take advantage of educational resources available through the district.
“We are asking families to find ways to engage students in productive learning activities, while staying healthy and active,” Director of Schools Adrienne Battle said at a press conference March 19.
Educational resources are available in a blog post on the district’s website as well as at www.mnps.org/digitaltools, where families and students can access online textbooks and other instructional resources. Students also have access to programs like Limitless Libraries, a partnership between MNPS and Nashville Public Library, which provides free access to audiobooks, eBooks and other resources.
Additionally, internet providers, such as Spectrum and Comcast Xfinity, are offering free public Wi-Fi and two months of free in-home internet for qualifying families, according to the district's website. AT&T is also offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 days.
According to Battle, MNPS does not plan to implement remote learning during the extended closure, as some students do not have access to either the internet or to devices to complete online assignments.
“MNPS will not be offering remote learning services at this time,” Battle said. “This is an equity issue. Quite simply, not all students and families have the necessary devices and internet access required to conduct remote learning. This is also not an ideal learning option for many of our students.”
Metro Nashville Public Schools offers learning resources for students during school closures
Metro Nashville Public Schools is providing resources for students to stay engaged with learning materials during school closures. (Courtesy Fotolia)