65% of SCS families want their children to remain virtual, according to district survey

65% of SCS families want their children to remain virtual, according to district survey
Shelby County Schools (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Schools has released the results of a district-wide survey for parents to choose in-person or virtual learning for the rest of the school year.

According to the district, 65% of students will remain virtual and 24% will return to in-person instruction.

The district says 11% of students have no responses so staff members are contacting parents to determine their preferences. In the absence of a choice, SCS will plan for those students to return to in-person learning.

The district released its proposed phased return to in-person learning plan in mid-October. It has students in grades pre-K through fifth grade returning first in early January along with students with disabilities or in self-contained classrooms.

Grades sixth through 12th would return in mid-January.

Teachers will have the choice to teach in-person or virtually. Other staff members will monitor classrooms for teachers who are virtual.

The district did not release data on how many teachers have chosen to remain virtual.

SCS says it is “committed to being flexible as we base our decisions on science and the latest guidance from health officials. Please be assured, we are keeping a watchful eye on the data."

SCS says right now their reopening plans are only a proposal.

“Additionally, we are continuing to follow the Health Department’s safety protocols and make every effort to ensure our buildings are safe to resume in-person learning,” reads a statement from SCS.

When the district does reopen, face masks will be a requirement during some or all of the school day depending on guidance at the time.

Schedules will include designated times for handwashing, and all classrooms will have cleaning supplies while hand sanitizer stations will be placed in high traffic areas of the school. Classrooms and buildings will undergo systematic and thorough cleaning nightly,.

Anyone entering campus must undergo temperature checks each day.

Students riding the bus must wear a mask and undergo a temperature check at school.

SCS will follow all current guidance on what to do when students or staff exhibit symptoms and when a case is suspected/confirmed.

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