MNPS Encourages Parents To Register Students Early
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Summer vacation has quickly come to an end for students all across the midstate, and officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools have been trying to get the word out to parents: register your child before the first day of school.
The countdown for the start of another school year has begun.
"I'm not ready to go back to school yet," said Jaylen Applewhite, an incoming freshman at Hunters Lane High School.
In just 10 days, on August 1, Metro Schools will start a new school year. They said parents should get their documentation together and turned in as soon as possible.
Parent Tanya Rhodes said she completed the process for her 8th, 9th and 12th graders Monday morning.
"You have to make sure you have the physicals, birth certificates, social security cards, and proof of residence," said parent Tanya Rhodes.
This year Metro created "enrollment centers" at its 12 zoned high schools, where families can register students for any zoned school in the district.
"This is centrally located for me. I live less than a mile from here so it's great," said parent Mario Brooks said.
He came for more information about pre-kindergarten programs for his 4-year-old.
Every year, thousands of students have showed up on the first day without letting the district know they're coming. Students who have showed up without registering create logistical difficulties
"If I have fewer kids than I expect then we have to shift staff. If I have more kids than I expect then we have to shift staff," said Dr. Susan Kessler, principal at Hunters Lane High School. "Those staff shifts make it uncomfortable for the kids, because they get attached to their teachers."
It has also been difficult for teachers who are already getting their curriculum in place.
"The first few days of school are so important because you want to set the tone. You want to do your rules and your procedures and then you might have kids that are coming in," said history teacher Josh Cockman. "It's really the first couple of weeks you've got kids that are coming in."
The district's goal has been to get the school year up and going as quickly and smoothly as possible so no student starts the year already left behind.
"It is a new year. It's a fresh start," said Dr. Kessler. "Everybody's got 100 (percent) on the first day of school."
Non English speaking families can receive assistance at the central office on Bransford Road.
For more information on registering your child visit MNPS.org.