Starting Monday, April 6, Tennessee's six PBS stations across the state will begin airing six hours of instructional content a day for children who are out of school due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Education.
TDOE has partnered with the six stations — WNPT Nashville, East Tennessee PBS, WCTE Upper Cumberland, WKNO Memphis, West TN PBS, and Chattanooga WTCI — to provide two hours of programming with high-quality instructional content created by Tennessee educators from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Four hours of content will also be streamed overnight, which viewers can watch live or record, the release states.
"This is an incredible example of Tennesseans coming together to support kids," said Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn. "We are so thrilled to be partnering with PBS stations across the state to make high-quality instructional content available to all students so they can continue learning during school closures. Families and students are hungry for content right now, and we are grateful our local stations have stepped up to help fill this need."
The release states the content will meet a critical need to ensure all students have access to high-quality learning opportunities, regardless if their home has internet connectivity or capable devices.