A better in-person plan for Shelby County schools

A better in-person plan for Shelby County schools

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Emily Jones started this petition to SCS School Board and

As parents of Shelby County School district children, we support the decision of the district to offer the option of virtual or in-person learning. However, we believe that the current in-person plan should be improved to better serve those who need or want to send their children in person.  The current plan is essentially the same as the virtual plan, just in a classroom setting.  This is a disadvantage for in-person students, especially elementary students, since the virtual plan requires regular adult help to navigate and troubleshoot.  The current plan discourages teachers from returning in-person because of the unrealistic expectations of the in-person set-up. We would like a plan that takes into account that the pandemic may continue for several years, and the children of our district need a better in-person option during this time.

Because of these issues, we ask for the following:

1.       Allow students who are in-person to be off their personal devices.

2.       Allow teachers who are in-person to teach directly to their students in the classroom while also streaming virtually to students not in the classroom.

3.     Allow individual schools the flexibility to devise individualized plans for conducting in-person classes to best fit their students and building.  

4.       Allow and encourage schools to have lunch and recess outside (still with masks and socially distanced).

5.       Allow teachers and students another chance to choose in-person learning if the in-person plan is updated.

6.       Continue to follow all safety protocols in the schools, including universal masking, social distancing, and increased sanitation measures.

7.       Define clear and realistic measures for reopening in the Spring and communicate clearly SCS’s intent (or lack of intent) to open in person in the Fall 2021 in various COVID-19 scenarios.

We appreciate and respect the leaders in our schools and district.  We are profoundly grateful for all the hard work our teachers have put into teaching our children under unprecedented conditions.  We hope we can help support them as we come up with a better plan for the children in our district.

Sincerely,

SCS parents

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