Virtual learning in Mississippi is a real struggle, parent says

WATCH: Lafayette County Schools require a doctor's note if parents want to move their children to virtual learning

LAFAYETTE COUNTY, Tenn. — A Mississippi School district says there are issues with its virtual learning option and some students are really struggling.

Parents with children doing in-person learning in Lafayette County Schools will now have to get a doctor’s note if their child is going to switch to virtual learning.

Superintendent Adam Pugh says it is no substitute for classroom learning and teaching.

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Christopher Hancock is a Lafayette County father of four. He said at the first of the year he and his wife had three of their children signed up for virtual learning and their youngest children really struggled.

“The work on the computer. I have two in Elementary," he said. “I have a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old and there is no way they can do some of that work without having a parent or an adult for a lot of it to help them.”

Hancock said his two children stayed home for family health reasons. Since then his children have gone back to school for in-person learning, he said he believes that is much better than virtual.

“Myself personally, I think it has to do with not having a hands-on approach and not having a pencil and paper and not knowing who is sitting down with the children," he said. “And they are supposed to be there for two hundred and forty minutes every day in front of the computer.”

Hancock said that even with that, he still thinks the choice to do virtual or in-person needs to be left up to the families.

“I feel that I should be able to make that choice and not have the school make that choice for me,” Hancock said.