Students could return to class after Christmas, SCHD says

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Shelby County students could return to in-person learning sooner than we think but they will keep learning virtually for a few more months.

The Shelby County Health Department said in-person learning may be something the district can reconsider after Christmas.

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Health director Alisa Haushalter shared this information with county commissioners yesterday.

But it’ll take some work to let students back into schools.

The health department is confident in-person learning may be an option if we continue to see a downward trend in data.

Currently, statistics show the positivity rate and transmission rate of the virus continue to decline.

SCS parent Darrell Boyd said even if in-person learning was an option, he would not be ready to send his child back.

“As far as students returning to school, it shouldn’t be you’re putting kids at risk. You’re putting parents at risk. You’re putting teachers at risk,” said Boyd.

The health department said they simply advised the district but the decision would be completely up to SCS.