Metro Nashville Public Schools to close for remainder of academic year

Director of Schools Adrienne Battle will host a town hall meeting on March 30. (Courtesy Metro Nashville Public Schools)
Director of Schools Adrienne Battle will host a town hall meeting on March 30. (Courtesy Metro Nashville Public Schools)

Director of Schools Adrienne Battle will host a town hall meeting on March 30. (Courtesy Metro Nashville Public Schools)

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.


By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


MOST RECENT

In addition to bars, pedal taverns and other "transpotainment" vehicles were shut down by the city of Nashville. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Franklin cites individuals on party buses coming from Nashville and more area news

Read the latest Franklin and Brentwood news as well as updates from Williamson County.

The U.S. Census Bureau will halt its counting operation a month earlier than expected. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.

Little Gourmand owner Guenievre Milliner opened the first location in Green Hills in 2014. The new summer menu features Brittany, a tuna salad baguette sandwich made with onion, capers and mayo. (Photos by Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Authentic French pastries, to-go meals in spotlight at Little Gourmand's new Berry Hill location

Having had success selling croissants, brioches, specialty imported products and other items at the original location, Little Gourmand owner Guenievre Milliner said she was inspired to open a new patisserie française—a French pastry shop.

There are now 4,268 active cases of coronavirus in Davidson County, a decrease of 301 since yesterday. (Community Impact staff)
Davidson County coronavirus cases rise by 80 in 24 hours

There are now 4,268 active cases of coronavirus in Davidson County, a decrease of 301 since yesterday.

Liberation Yoga Nashville has permanently closed its brick-and-mortar studio in 12 South. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Liberation Yoga Nashville closes brick-and-mortar studio in 12 South

The 12 South yoga studio will continue to offer virtual classes.

There are now 4,612 active cases of coronavirus in the county, a decrease of 50 since yesterday. (Community Impact staff)
Davidson County coronavirus cases rise by more than 300 in 24 hours

There are now 4,612 active cases of coronavirus in the county, a decrease of 50 since yesterday.

In addition to bars, pedal taverns and other "transpotainment" vehicles regulated by the city must close. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Metro Nashville's ban on 'transpotainment' vehicles now in effect

All pedal pubs and party buses must cease operations in the city, even if they do not serve alcohol.

Confederate symbols face backlash, police update use-of-force policy: News from Nashville

Read recent Nashville-area news—both print and online coverage.