Shelby County Schools Superintendent Joris M. Ray says coronavirus cases here in Memphis are on the same uptick as New York City and so all Shelby County schools will be online with students engaged in ‘virtual learning’ until further notice.
Ray says the decision cannot be political and must be based on science.
“First, it is nothing less than tragic that public health and the health of our children and our community has turned into partisan noise, public safety cannot be about politics, it must be about science,” he says.
“I concur with other superintendents across the country that the phrase ‘safe opening of schools’ is largely a myth,” the superintendent says.
Ray believes taking precautions like social distancing can’t make a school safe enough in a community that is still having a daily triple-digit increase in cases of the coronavirus.Teachers can teach remotely or in classrooms, but all students will be at home “until further notice” and they will open back up the buildings “as soon as it is safe to do so.”
See the full video announcement below: