MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis grandmother is taking a new approach to keeping school-aged kids safe during a pandemic after staging a sit-in at the Shelby County Board of Education meeting to demand the state provide more options for virtual learning.
Bridget Bradley is planning a bus trip with one hundred other Shelby County Schools parents and community leaders to Nashville, hoping to meet with Governor Bill Lee.
They want to convince the governor that some students in Shelby County Schools need remote learning to keep them safe and COVID-free.
“I would tell him to give us a better way. Give us better options, especially for these parents with sick children with respiratory problems, asthma,” Bradley told FOX13.
FOX13 emailed the governor’s office about Bradley’s concerns. A spokesman sent us an August 2021 letter from the Tennessee Commissioner of Education stating that districts can ask for remote learning because of COVID-19 isolation and quarantine.
Bradley has an asthmatic grandson and said she doesn’t want to wait.
“He is at home with me. We took him out of school,” Bradley said.
If she can’t get a meeting with the governor, Bradley said she will try to lobby other lawmakers who might be sympathetic.
“We have to quit accepting what we are given, That is our problem in this community,” she said.
In FOX13′s emails to Gov. Bill Lee’s office, we asked if the governor would meet with these parents to hear their concerns. We did not get a reply to that specific question.
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