MNPS school year ends as summer support begins

Dr. Adrienne Battle

Thursday marked the last day of the regularly scheduled school year for Metro Nashville Public Schools, but the work and learning continue as MNPS works to support the education and promote the well-being of the students served by the district.

“This has been an incredibly unique, challenging, but rewarding year for Metro Schools,” said Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle. “I’m grateful for the hard work, patience, and perseverance of the staff of MNPS, and for our students and families, all of whom have had to go the extra mile to continue learning in a new and different environment.”

Starting June 1, Metro Schools will be launching the Virtual Summer Experience, which will be free for all MNPS students. The Virtual Summer Experience will offer voluntary classes that children, teens and even adults can take to learn a wide variety of standards and skills. The classes are designed to be enriching and fun, ranging from reading to coding to preparing a child for college to learning a new language. Participants can join at any time and access as many sessions taught by highly qualified, dedicated MNPS teachers as they prefer each day through June 26. MNPS will be hosting approximately 1,300 sessions covering nearly 120 topics.

“Our school year is 10 months, but the job of serving our students is year-round, and making sure they have nutritious meals and engaging learning activities over the summer months will be critical as we address learning loss and prepare for the coming 2020-21 school year,” said Dr. Battle.

MNPS will continue providing food to students and families over the summer months. Meals for children age 18 and younger will continue to be available at the 16 school locations and 40 bus stops around the district where they have been provided for these past two months. Funded through the federal Seamless Summer Options program, Nutrition Services staff and bus drivers will deliver breakfast and lunch at least through June 30, with the program set to continue into July if MNPS receives additional waivers to normal program restrictions.

Meanwhile, MNPS’s Community Achieves program will continue to distribute food boxes on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. while supplies last at Antioch, Glencliff, Hillwood and McGavock high schools; Haywood and J.E. Moss elementary schools. Food boxes also will be available on Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. while supplies last at Pearl-Cohn High School/Westwood Baptist Church.