Metro Schools' Ongoing Response to the

COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

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Promising Scholars Mask Protocol

Effective Monday, June 14, the Metro Nashville Board of Education has adopted a new mask protocol for the Promising Scholars program to allow students and staff to remove them outdoors and while socially distanced in classrooms.

Students and staff will still be required to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible, such as when transitioning, on buses, and in large gatherings, and students with underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings at all times until fully vaccinated.

CDC Guidance on Masks

Masks will continue to be required in all MNPS facilities, as well as during graduations, until further notice.

The updated CDC guidance is good news and a strong encouragement factor for individuals to receive the vaccine, however, most of our student population will not be eligible to be fully vaccinated prior to the end of the school year. Additionally, masks are meant to protect those around the individual wearing it, and there is not currently a mechanism available to identify those who are or are not fully vaccinated.

We encourage anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine to do so. Not only will it protect the individual who receives it and help to stop the spread of COVID-19, but those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone who tests positive for the virus.

We will continue to review CDC guidance to identify the best strategies to ensure the safety of students and staff as we begin to move towards a pre-pandemic normal.

Vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds

Children ages 12 to 15 can receive vaccinations at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital and through the Metro Public Health Department.

Parents can make an appointment at Vanderbilt for their child's vaccine by:

As additional age groups become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Vanderbilt will administer vaccines to those groups through this process. Children under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them for the vaccine administration. Locations will be at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and at One Hundred Oaks Mall location.

No appointments are necessary for anyone 12 and older to receive the vaccination through the Metro Public Health Department. Details are available at A Safe Nashville website.  

COVID-19 Testing Program at MNPS

Metro Schools is partnering with Meharry Medical College in  a COVID-19 testing program to help reduce the spread of the virus. Participation is optional, but strongly encouraged. Families will need to fill out a consent form for their students to participate in this testing program. You can visit to learn more and sign up. 

Forms are also available at schools, or you can download it here and fill it out to send to your school. Download the forms in several languages, including English, Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Kurdish, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese.

School administrators will work with the Meharry Operations Support team to identify “pods” of students and staff who have agreed to be tested so they can be tested at random in groups. The frequency of testing will be determined by the level of participation among staff and students. The tests being used are called BinaxNOW COVID tests, or “rapid tests,” for short. They take about 15 minutes to perform and receive results, and all it takes is a swab inside the nose of the student or staff member and for them to wait 15 minutes for the results. It is easy, simple, painless, and can do a lot to create a safer environment, and the tests will be conducted by a staff from Meharry Medical College.

If an individual comes back with a positive result, the person may have the opportunity to take a PCR test, which is the “gold standard” test, to verify the results. At this point, our school nurses will get to work doing contact tracing to identify any students or staff who may have been close contacts (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more during a 24-hour period) so that they can be notified and start a quarantine process.

COVID-19 Vaccination for MNPS Employees

Metro Schools has partnered with Vanderbilt (VUMC) to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to employees. All information is on the employee SharePoint site.

As of Feb. 17, all Metro Schools employees have been released to schedule appointments with Vanderbilt Health. If you have not received an email notification to schedule your appointment, please call the Vanderbilt COVID hotline at 1-888-312-0847.

If you are still having issues, email the benefits staff with your contact information for assistance.

COVID 19 Guidance GraphicProtocols & Guidance

Visit the MNPS COVID-19 protocols and procedures pages for information on when students and/or staff are exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms, or are diagnosed with COVID-19.


The pages detail procedures for things such as quarantine, infection control, cleaning, transportation, closure, and communication with students, families, and staff, as well as steps that will be taken by the Metro Public Health Department.

As thousands of our students return to the classroom, our safety protocols and procedures are meant to reduce the spread or transmission of COVID-19 in our buildings. Asking families to monitor student symptoms, wearing of masks, social distancing when possible, frequent washing of hands, the use of sanitizer, and cleaning protocols will all reduce the chances of COVID-19 passing from one person to another.

Also be sure to read and download the flyer: When is sick too sick for school?