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Heather Powell breaks down how she balances a full time job and helping her kids with virtual learning.

Nashville Tennessean

Only about half of Metro Nashville Public School students are likely to return to the classroom when schools begin to reopen next month.

Families were required to notify the district by Sept. 18 of whether they intended to send their children back to school in-person after fall break or continue with virtual learning.

Of the more than 40,000 students who responded to the survey, 54%, or 24,935 students, intend to return in-person whereas 46%, or 20,934 students, will likely continue with virtual learning, according to survey results presented by Director of Schools Adrienne Battle during a Board of Education meeting Tuesday night. 

“In terms of actual attendance breakdowns we can anticipate this will be the general trend,” Battle said. “Now schools will take that information to make staff adjustments