SCS extends deadline for families to choose learning option

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s the last day for Shelby County Schools' parents to decide whether to send their kids back to the classroom in January.

“I personally don’t want to send him back with the pandemic going on,” said Erica Washington, SCS parent.

But Washington’s son is a senior, and his mind is made up. He’s going back to school.

“He’s anxious to get back with his friends and the surroundings of the school,” said Washington.

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SCS is planning to welcome students back to the classroom in January.

“Just praying for him. We will see how it goes,” said Washington.

The City of Memphis is offering pool testing to schools across the county. That’s when several samples are mixed together then tested. A positive test leads to more individual testing.

“By doing this we are able to quickly determine where a potential hotspot may be and stop it,” said Jim Strickland, Memphis mayor.

SCS said it is working with the city to offer optional nasal swab testing for parents and teachers. But nothing has been finalized.

“That would make me feel much better, so we can catch it head-on instead of letting them go and not knowing,” said Washington.

Parents have until 11:59 p.m to make a decision.