SCS parents must choose January learning option today

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The deadline is here for parents of Shelby County Schools students to decide if they are sending their kids back to the classrooms in January.

SCS plans to welcome students back in January despite rising COVID-19 cases. The decision opens the door to a slew of questions from parents.

In about two months thousands of Shelby County students may be returning to the classrooms to learn.

“What we have here today on the screen is a sample day in the life of an elementary school student,” said Erin Luster, Manager of Academic Operations at Shelby County Schools.

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To prepare parents and students, the district held a virtual information session Monday to offer insight on what to expect.

“Parents, we are paying attention to, listening to questions, and monitoring your emails about reentry,” said Luster.

Some parents are curious if there will be before and after school programs for students.

“Our before and after school programs are still taking place virtually and those programs will continue,” said Luster.

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Other parents asked if they will know whether or not their child’s teacher will be teaching remotely or in person before deciding whether or not to send their child back to school.

“Families are able to have that conversation with teachers at this time as they engage with them every day,” said Luster.

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