MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Time Is ticking for Shelby County Schools’ parents.
They only have until the end of the day to decide between virtual learning or in-person learning. If parents don’t register the district will decide for them.
Like many Shelby County Schools, Belle Forest Elementary School held drive-thru registration for fall classes.
“I’m doing virtual learning for all of my kids. We chose that for safety reasons,” said Terrica Malone, parent.
Malone has four kids enrolled in Shelby County Schools.
“It was really a no brainer for me and my husband. Until they can get a handle on everything that is going on. My kids will be learning from home,” said Malone
Malone is not the only one.
In fact, SCS said 47,000 parents responded. Of those who responded, 80 percent opted for virtual learning.
“As a precaution, I would rather keep him at home,” said Pauline Horton, grandparent. “He wants to go to school, but it’s safer that way.”
Horton’s grandson is in fifth grade and suffers from a heart condition. For that reason, she said she also chose virtual learning.
“I work at FedEx in the evening. So, I’ll help him in the morning and if I run into a problem, I’ll tutor him on the weekends,” said Horton.
There are several safety precautions in place to keep students and faculty returning to school safe.
For example, daily temperature checks, mask mandates for all, and social distancing.
Teachers concerned about their health don’t have to return.
“They have the option, we have staff meetings to address those concerns,” said Erron Henderson, Belle Forest Elementary School Assistant Principal.
Henderson said their biggest concern is making up for the lost time. And making sure no child falls behind.
“We’re a community school, we live by all hands on deck. So, it’s not really any concerns, but what we need to do,” said Henderson.
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