Dear LEAD Families,
We know many of you have questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the start of the 2020-2021 school year. There is a good chance that decisions regarding the start of school in August will continue to evolve and change over the next few weeks. This message will provide an update on the announcement made by Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) on Friday regarding the options for starting the 2020-2021 school year.
Because many of our families have children in both LEAD and district schools, it is our practice to follow the district’s guidance and decisions regarding school closings and delays. As such, LEAD will be following the recommendations made by MNPS for families to choose either online or in-school learning. Here is what this means for LEAD families at present:
- For families who want to keep their students at home, the district is offering virtual schooling options that will allow students to make academic progress and meet state requirements for daily learning.
- For those families who want their children to go to school, the district is providing personal protective equipment such as masks and sanitizer stations and enforcing social distancing whenever possible to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
- The district announced that families who choose one of the options must stick with it through the Fall semester; additionally, students who pick the virtual option will be held to the same academic and attendance requirements as in school.
MNPS has said they are still finalizing the specifics of their school reopening plan and what that means for teachers and families. We will continue to monitor these updates from the district and we will communicate additional updates as they arise.
Because of the uncertainty associated with the pandemic in Nashville, and the possibility that city leaders may revise their guidance about the start of school, we continue to plan for all contingencies. They include: 1) an enhanced online learning program in the event that schools are required to close; 2) a hybrid of online and in-school learning options; and 3) normal in-school learning when all students are permitted to attend school.
However, with the most recent announcement by MNPS, we are focusing more on the two options announced above while we continue all contingency planning for opening the 2020-2021 school year.
We will be reaching out to you over the next few weeks to continue our open lines of communication with families as we discuss both back-to-school planning and how to best support you as we approach the start of the school year.
As part of our academic and school operation preparations this summer, we have worked to ensure our buildings are safe, clean and prepared for socially-distant learning when school opens on August 4. Additionally, we have:
- Continued our outreach to families to ensure that 100 percent of our students have digital access to Wi-Fi so they can engage remotely.
- Ordered and will be supplying Chromebooks for every single student in our network for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
- Ordered more than 8,000 masks with school logos so that every student has at least two washable face coverings to begin the school year; we also ordered an additional 18,000 disposable masks for student and staff use.
- Have contracted for additional enhanced daily cleaning services at all of our schools and all of our classrooms upon our return to school.
- Established social-distancing guidelines: staff and student sanitization stations have been installed at all of our schools; and students will have temperatures checked on arrival.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Family and Community Engagement Coordinators. They are listed below and are always available to help you. As we continue to plan for the 2020-2021 school year, we commit to keeping you informed and maintaining open lines of communication with you.
As the spike in COVID-19 cases hits our city, please continue to take the necessary safety precautions as recommended by Health officials. We all play a part in stopping the spread of this virus. Thank you for your continued support of LEAD Public Schools.
Dwayne Tucker, CEO, LEAD Public Schools
Family and Community Engagement Coordinator contact information:
LEAD Academy and LEAD Cameron: Rania Agaib, 615-479-9743.
LEAD Brick Church: John Strickland, 615-473-0994.
LEAD Neely’s Bend: Blanca Cross, 830-212-3057.
LEAD Southeast Middle and High: Erin Molitoris, 615-584-6649.
In the event you are unable to reach a school Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, please call Corey Burton, the Director of Enrollment and Community Engagement, at 615-525-1614. For Spanish services, please call Marta Sanchez at 615-573-9866.