SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Schools kicked off the first of several Re-Entry Listening Sessions Monday night to get input from parents about their children going back to school this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray and his staff met in person with parents and students at Douglas High School.
Capacity was limited to 25 people and masks were required for attendees.
SCS Board Member Michelle McKissack sported one of the masks school officials are considering for students.
“I’m wearing a face shield that Shelby County Schools is considering for students to wear,” said McKissack. “And I thought it would be appropriate tonight to see what it felt like for the duration of this hour.”
McKissack gave the mask a good grade, calling it quote: “very comfortable.”
The event was broadcast on SCS TV and radio and all the district's social media platforms.
The next Re-Entry Listening Session is Wednesday night at 5:45 at American Way Middle School.
SCS has also put out a survey to get feedback from parents. Ray said about 12,000 parents have responded to the survey at this point.
Those parents represent 20,000 students. He wants to hear from more and is encouraging every parent to fill out the survey.
So far, 60 percent of parents support virtual learning in some form, 45 percent want classes to be online, and 12.6 percent want classes to be in person. The rest don’t feel strongly one way or the other.
It’s also worth noting that SCS does plan on giving 90,000 students digital devices this fall.
If you are an SCS parent and would like to access the survey, click here.