Back to School
Welcome Back to school 2019-2020
Metro Schools welcomes students, teachers and staff for the 2019-2010 school year on Monday, August 5.
From immunizations to bus route information, this page will serve as a central location for parents to find everything related to the start of the 2019-20 school year.
We will update this page with information students and parents will need to get ready for the start of school.
Welcome Back, Everybody! We are looking forward to a fantastic school year of learning and growth.
A great team of new MNPS Principals have been named. If your child’s school has a new Principal, take a look at bio’s and be sure to read the Welcome Letter from the Principal on your school’s page.
Family Portal: A New App just for parents
Our MNPS Family Portal now consists of two apps: One app for students and one just for parents.
The upgrade and switch to separate apps grants additional access and modification capabilities in Campus Parent that do not exist in the Campus Student account.
Why use the Family Portal apps? You can see real-time class and assignment grades, homework, test scores, upcoming due dates, attendance information, discipline incidents and more.
More details and links for downloading Campus Parent and Campus Student are on the Family Portal page.
Campus Parent and Campus Student Apps integrate in the MNPS ParentLink mobile app that gives you easy access to school notifications, lunch menus and your school social media channels. Be sure to download the MNPS App. Details below.
Communication Apps and Tools
The Metro Schools ParentLink app gives you customizable and quick information on the district and your school. The app allows you to do things such as:
• Receive text and voice mail notifications from the district and your school
• View grades, assignments and attendance
• Follow your school on social media
• Review and manage your student’s school menu
Please visit our new Apps and Tools page to learn more about district approved communications and student learning apps that adhere to required online safety and privacy standards.
Download the academic year 2019-2020 Student-Parent Handbook. Engaged parents are critical partners in student success. The more you know, the more you can be involved – and we want you to be fully involved!
School Supplies for the New School Year
All of our school supply lists can be found on TeacherLists. If you do not see your school listed, please contact the school directly.
Please note: Although some name brands are listed on Back to School lists, generic items are acceptable. Please contact your child’s teacher or principal with specific questions.
These are upcoming important dates and links to the District Calendar, a printable that is available in seven languages.
July 29 to August 2: New Student Registration Week
August 5: First Day of School – Full Day for Grades 1 to 12; Half Day for Pre-K and K.
August 30: Students do not report to school. Teacher Personal Development Day.
September 2: Labor Day Holiday.
The Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday is from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28. You can stock up for the school year and buy clothing, school supplies and computers and pay no sales tax.
For a list of eligible items and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the state of Tennessee’s informational page.
Search your school supply list on TeacherLists.
Back to School Community Events
July 27: The Back to School Teacher Celebration and Community Supply Drive is a two-part event that will take place at four Metro Nashville public school locations. The celebration will be an opportunity to distribute free school supplies to MNPS teachers before the school year begins and host a city-wide school supply drive. Details about event locations and supply drive lists on the Pencil website.
July 27: 7th Annual Love’s Healthy Start Festival sponsored by state Rep. Harold Love and MNPS, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Hadley Park, 1037 28th Ave. North. Families receive a free backpack for every school age child in attendance. Music will be provided by schools in the northwest and northeast quadrants and Metro Nashville municipal departments will have representatives present to offer information and resources. Lots of games, food and activities.
July 28: Hispanic Family Foundation Back to School Bash, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Plaza Mariachi, 3955 Nolensville Pike. (Llame al 615-562-2222 durante las horas de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m. para y registrar a sus hijos para recibir útiles escolares durante el evento.)
August 3: Northeast Quadrant Back to School Bash sponsored by Metro Schools, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., East Park Community Center, 600 Woodland Street. This event will offer wellness checks including dental check-ups and eye exams. Some vendors will offer school supplies and resource information to support families in the community. MNPS departments will provide information to families to support enrollment and absenteeism. Children activities include urban radio station DJ's providing giveaways, food trucks and bounce houses.
August 3: Metro Nashville Police Department Back to School Bash, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Carter Lawrence Elementary School, 1118 12th Ave. South.
August 4: Back-2-School Bash sponsored by the Charm Foundation, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Kirkpatrick Community Center, 998 Sevier Street. There will be free backpacks filled with school supplies, health screenings and haircuts. Children’s activities include face painting, balloon artist and snacks.
September 28: Good Neighbor Day Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Southeast Community Center Park, 5260 Hickory Hollow Parkway. Details on activities and food on the Good Neighbor Day website.
Every year, the Metro Schools transportation department delivers more than 35,000 students to and from school everyday. That’s more than 70,000 bus stops that travel over 28,000 miles.
Students who attend their zoned school, and who live more than 1.25 miles from school (1.5 miles for high schools), are eligible for school bus transportation.
Letters with your school bus number and bus stop will be mailed Tuesday, July 23.
More details about bus routes:
If you have difficulty, contact the Family Information Center at (615) 259-INFO (4636), by emailing FamilyInfo@mnps.org.
Need to Know:
If you need help enrolling your child in a Metro Public School, our enrollment staff is here to help.
Saturday Enrollment Hours
Saturdays in July, from 9 a.m. to noon, you can visit McGavock High School, 3150 McGavock Pike, and the MNPS Family Information Center at 2601 Bransford Avenue for assistance with enrollment and student transfers.
Immunizations and REquired Forms
All students entering Kindergarten, the 7th grade, or who are new enrollees to MNPS, must have an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate, which may be obtained by your pediatrician or the Metro Public Health Department.
Metro Health Department clinics are open from 7:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for walk-in vaccinations. No appointments are necessary and families should carry their child’s shot record to confirm what immunizations are needed. Eligible children may receive free vaccinations.
East Health Center, 1015 East Trinity Lane, 37216..........(615) 862-7916
Lentz Health Center, 2500 Charlotte Avenue, 37209 ......(615) 340-5616
Woodbine Health Center, 224 Oriel Avenue, 37210 .......(615) 862-7940
Neighborhood Health clinics will also be offering clinics opportunities for students to get their immunizations:
July 20: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., East Side Medical & Dental Clinic, 905 Main Street in East Nashville
July 27: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cleveland Park Medical & Dental Clinic, 1223 Dickerson Pike in East Nashville
August 3: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Napier Medical & Clinic, 107 Charles E. David Boulevard in the Napier/Sudekum community.
August 10: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cayce Clinic, 617 S. 8th St. in the Cayce/East Nashville community
Parents can call (615) 227-3000 for more information. Visits are done on a first-come, first-serve basis but appointments for vaccinations and well-child visits can be done weekdays, as well. Parents can call (615) 227-3000 for more information and to discuss transportation needs, if any.
Your new MNPS student will often receive a schedule at Orientation. Returning students will receive schedules when school starts. Questions? Contact your school directly.
Stay Connected with MNPS
Stay informed about happenings in the Metro Schools:
read the Children First blog
subscribe to the District Update newsletter
sign up for any newsletters or call-outs your school sends
Connect with MNPS on these platforms:
If you have any other Back to School questions, our Family Information Center is here to help.
call 615-259-4636 Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am. to 4:30 p.m.
visit in person at 2601 Bransford Avenue.