If at first you don’t succeed, try try again – MNPS going back

Most children in Metro Nashville Public schools have not seen the inside of a school in about 325 days. The notable exception to this was the K-4th grade which was determined to be effectively not a Covid risk at the time the decisions were made. You can look at the covid numbers in Metro, they were OK, what was expected.

Meanwhile neighboring school districts that did all in you had teachers dying, a mass spread of community Covid, There were some issues, but things were going pretty well until Thanksgiving when everyone lost their collective shit and decided they suddenly had to be home coughing on loved ones and leading the country to about 200,000 new deaths in the space of two months.

This shut MNPS down before it could transition to the 5th grade+ levels, although realistically by their threat assessment system they could have started this before the great die off, but everyone knew what was coming.

Tuesday Feb 9th MNPS returns in person for Pre-K-4 and students with exceptional needs. The next week on Feb 18th comes grades 5 & 9. Feb 25th Grades 6, 7, 8 go back, and March 3, about 350 days after they left school, grades 10, 11, and 12 go back in.

I doubt people will be nearly as asininely idiots about travel for Valentine’s, President’s, or Arbor day, but there’s always that risk.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.