Shelby County parents sign petition to offer students virtual learning amid COVID crisis

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — A petition to offer Shelby County School parents the option of sending their child to all-virtual school is growing by the day.

In a week and a half since the petition went live more than 5,000 people have signed it.

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Many of the parents said what they’ve seen in SCS classrooms in the first two weeks of school makes them worried about students’ health.

On Monday, around 500 people had signed the petition, but thousands of others signed on amid mounting concerns.

Altina Elmore, the parent who organized the petition, said she wants to reach a goal of 10,000 people, then present the petition to SCS and state leaders.

On Wednesday, SCS said 132 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since school began, and 62 teachers and staff have tested positive.

Click here to view the petition.

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“I think something will come of it, especially with the numbers rising and students being sick and one of the employees passing,” Elmore said.

SCS leaders shut down early rumors about the district going virtual in September.

“Our kids health comes first,” Elmore said. “I understand the school system is concerned about losing the funding for the students, but at the same time there are no precautions in place and schools are overcrowded.”