SCS students begin classes online

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The hallways at Shelby County Schools were a lot quieter on the first day of school Monday as students started the school year virtually

The silent hallways at Winridge Elementary are the reality at all Shelby County School buildings. Classrooms have gone virtual.

The principal of Winridge Elementary, Todd Shaffer told FOX13 he’s received great feedback from students and teachers about the new virtual experience.

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“They are getting to see a different way of learning. Everyone is very excited about this, because with this new normal brings new excitement,” Shaffer said.

Shelby County Schools superintendent Dr. Joris Ray said 90 percent of the district’s more 100,000 students have received their digital device.

Ray sais just under 10,000 students still need to receive their devices.

“These are unchartered waters and it’s about the health and safety of our students and we just ask the parents and community for grace,” Ray said.

SCS wants parents with any questions or needs for technical support to go to the district’s website.

Ray said the best way to make sure this new way of learning goes smoothly is by everyone staying in communication with each other and lending helping hands.

“We are going to get through this together but it’s going to take the entire community to wrap their arms around our children,” Ray said.

Although students are heading back to class online, some parents have experienced delays in device pick up.

Sunday morning, parents waited in line on Jackson Avenue at the SCS distribution building.

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The Jackson Avenue location was one of a few used this weekend to make up for Friday’s originally scheduled distribution, which was canceled due to weather.

Parents should bring a photo ID for pick up.

Only the parent or guardian listed in PowerSchool can pick up the device.

A list of device pick up schedules by school can be found HERE.

Parents can go to for information and assistance with virtual learning and device pick up.

If you missed your scheduled device pick-up during the four-week distribution period, you can go to any of the locations below during the listed hours to get your student device:

Mon., Aug. 31 - Thurs, Sept. 3, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Bayer Building, 3030 Jackson Ave.
  • Southwest Community College, 1234 Finley Rd.
  • Teaching & Learning Academy, 2485 Union Ave.

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The YMCA has partnered with SCS to provide full-day, in-person care and virtual learning support at site locations throughout Shelby County.

Meals will also be provided for students.