Metro Schools' Ongoing Response to the

COVID-19 Global Health Crisis

The Latest News


11/24/2021: As was previously communicated, the quarantine protocols have changed due to the new laws enacted by the legislature and Gov. Bill Lee. Students who are found to be close contacts of a person with COVID-19 will no longer be required to quarantine. Due to this change, we will be changing our procedures for notification of being a close contact to text messages for those families who have that option, as opposed to phone calls. 

This Video Offers Information On:

  • Strategies used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our buildings
  • Contact tracing
  • CDC guidance on social distancing and & close contact
  • What happens when a student is quarantined
  • How a student in quarantine can continue to do their assigned work
  • How to log into Schoology
  • Instructional support offered to MNPS students in quarantine from the MNPS Virtual School
  • What happens when quarantine is over and students are eligible to return to school


COVID-19 Face Mask Opt-Out Feedback Form

Families can now download and submit a form to indicate their preference for opting out of a mask requirement.

  • The form can be submitted to your school's principal via email or in person.
  • For the time being, all students without a medical accommodation are still required to wear masks. As we gather information, we will continue to follow all applicable guidance, rules, regulations, and metrics to further inform our policies.
    •  For more information on the current use of face masks read the 2021-22 COVID protocols on this page.

Information has been delivered via email to all MNPS families. 


2021-22 COVID Protocols

Metro Nashville Public Schools is focused on keeping all students, staff, and their families as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data suggests that schools can be safer and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission if mitigation measures are followed, such as:

  • Consistent and correct use of masks
  • Social distancing when feasible
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Contact tracing
  • Vaccination when available

There is not one single person responsible for making this happen. It will take a collective effort of teachers, administrators, support staff, students and families to instill in each other the importance of being safe.

Risk Score

In the 2020-21 school year, Metro Nashville Public Schools created a “risk score” tracking tool that used publicly reported information provided by the Metro Public Health Department that was used to determine whether instruction would be offered in-person or remotely through the CLP. The metrics used to inform the risk score were the 7-day average of new cases per 100,000 residents (60%), the 7-day average positivity rate (20%), and the transmission rate (20%).

As the remote learning option is not available to school districts in the 2021-22 school year, the risk score will no longer be used. MPHD continues to monitor statistics and post them three times a week on the COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID 19 Guidance Graphic

Protocols & 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?