MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Schools held a virtual news conference Tuesday to answer media questions about the district’s plan to return to in-person learning in January.
“We are certainly still following the science, and if there is some reason why in January it is dangerous or even the health department says that they do not feel that it’s a good time to return, we could still adjust those plans,” said Jerica Phillips, SCS head of communications. "It’s a flexible plan that we have stressed since the beginning, but this is our planning as of right now to phase in students in order to keep them socially distant.”
The district announced the plan Monday, giving parents the option of sending their students back to the classroom or finish the year with virtual learning.
Parents who did not submit their preference over the summer or whose preference has changed must submit their choice of learning option between Oct. 21 and 30. Students without a chosen learning option by Oct. 30 will automatically be enrolled in in-person instruction for the remainder of the year.
The phased return begins in January with grades Pre-K through 5 and students with exceptional needs. Grades 6 through 12 will follow in mid-January.
Teachers still have the option to teach from home. The district is looking for help from the community for classroom facilitators.
Submit your option and get more information at scsk12.org/learningoptions.
Watch the district’s Q&A in the video player at the top of this page.