Following a recommendation from Gov. Bill Lee April 15, officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools announced April 15 the district would close for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

“Our district will not be defined by the challenges we face, but by how we face our challenges,” MNPS Director Adrienne Battle said in a statement. “We’ve learned a lot as a district in the last few weeks as staff have stepped up to the challenge of serving our students’ educational, emotional, and nutritional needs in new and creative ways. Now is the time to build upon the lessons we’ve learned and establish a framework for excellence and accountability that will enhance how we operate, whether students are inside or outside of the classroom.”

Breakfast and lunch pick-up will continue through the rest of the school year, and the district is working to determine how graduation ceremonies will be held, according to an announcement from MNPS. A decision on graduation is expected to be made by May 1.

Beginning April 27, the district plans to encourage a more structured learning environment for students. While materials will not be graded and attendance will not be taken, officials said the district will work to establish more accountability and tracking of student outcomes.

Read the full announcement from the district below.