SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Several studies have shown many students across the country are not doing well with virtual learning.
This is one reason Shelby County Schools officials are planning an optional return to in-person learning in January.
Not everyone is happy about the new plan.
Some parents and staff said they wonder if resuming in-person learning during cold and flu season is wise.
Parents of the district’s 100,000 students have until Oct. 30 to decide if their children will return to the classroom or continue virtual learning.
Students who do not have a learning option selected by the deadline will be automatically enrolled in the in-person option for the remainder of the school year.
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The return will be phased, with K-5th grades and those with special needs starting first in early January.
Grades 6-12 will return in mid-January.
Social distancing and PPE will be enforced during the phased return.
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