Shelby County Schools’ Chief of Communications Jerica Phillips tells “Wake Up Memphis” with Robyn Walensky an astounding almost 80 percent of parents want to keep their children at home because of the coronavirus pandemic when school starts on August 31.At a special meeting Monday night, Superintendent Joris M. Ray proposed the new start date of August 31, which was approved by the Board.
In the meantime, parents are being asked to contact Shelby County through the online portal and alert if their child will be coming back to the classroom, or not.
“If we need to go back to all virtual learning we are preparing to make that happen,” Phillips tells Walensky. “Right now, 78 percent of the parents say they want their children to stay home and learn on-line.”
So what about the other 20 percent? Phillips tells “Wake Up Memphis” that students returning to traditional classrooms will be required to wear masks that the school will provide.“We know that no matter what it’s so important for our students to be educated and get back to school, whatever that looks like,” Phillips says.
To see the SCS’s full reentry plan, click here.