DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Students in the Mid-South have been back in class for several weeks now.
Many parents chose to keep their children at home, learning virtually.
Hundreds of parents in DeSoto County are not happy with the school systems' current virtual learning model.
“It’s just frustrating," said Jarvis Jeffries. “The whole system in all.”
Jeffries has a daughter in middle school with DeSoto County Schools.
Jeffries told FOX13 that since the school year started, his daughter has had no interaction with teachers.
“There was said to be in the emails we received in July that there would be some kind of weekly interaction,” Jeffries said.
Jeffries said the virtual learning is setup where his daughter receives her assignments, she completes them and submits them through the learning system Schoology.
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According to Jeffries, his daughter doesn’t talk to a teacher or interact with a teacher while she completes her assignments. If his daughter has a question, she emails the teacher, but sometimes the response is delayed.
“The teachers, they have to go with the tools that they were given and we understand that,” Jeffries said.
Cassandra Wooten has a daughter in Southaven High School.
Wooten told FOX13 she would not classify the systems' current virtual learning experience as virtual learning.
“Virtual learning, that’s what virtual means," Wooten said. “Virtual means you’re going to have some interaction.”
Wooten said her daughter has been frustrated since the school year started a few weeks ago.
“She’s a little discouraged," Wooten said. “At the beginning of this process she actually said to me ‘mom, I don’t know how well I’m going to do this year’.”
Jeffries created a petition called T.I.M (Teachers Interacting More) and it has gained more than 400 signatures and continues to grow.
The solution both Jeffries and Wooten along with hundreds of other parents want is a virtual learning system where students can interact with teachers and have their questions answered in a timely manner.
FOX13 reached out to the DeSoto County School system.
A spokeswoman said in a statement:
“While district officials are always looking for ways to enhance instruction for all students, there are no plans to change to a hybrid model or a new learning management system.”
The school system also said they have 13,000 students learning virtually and over 20,000 students learning traditionally in-person.
Jeffries emphasized parents are not blaming the teachers, but the virtual learning system currently in place.
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