Parents concerned about students staying focused during virtual lessons

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Parents across Tennessee  expressed concerns about how virtual learning will impact their students next year, especially parents who had children with special needs.

A zoom meeting was held with the organizations Memphis Lift and TennesseeCAN.

State Senator Raumesh Akbari and State House Education Chair Representative Mark White also shared their thoughts about how virtual learning will impact students with special needs next year.

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During the meeting, some parents were worried about how their students would be able to stay focused on virtual learning programs especially if their kids have special needs.

Others in the meeting questioned how students would be able to learn virtually if they don’t have access to a computer.

“Not knowing is the problem not knowing what’s going to happen with school,” said Patrice Dixson. “Some schools are allowing kids to come three days a week some are just doing two days or doing virtual and it is just a lot.”

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Another concern was about parents who were essential workers and didn’t have time to support their students in a virtual environment.

Fox 13 reached out to SCS about how some parents in the district are concerned about virtual learning.

An SCS spokesperson said the plan is to give every student a digital device.

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Last week, the city council approved $5 million towards electronic devices for SCS.

The school district will also offer training for students, parents and teachers.

An SCS spokesperson said the plan was to help parents with special needs students as much as possible, whether it’s in person or another way.

FOX13 was told that the legal department was finalizing the frequently ask question portion for IEPS and will share online as soon as possible.

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