Lauderdale County schools set plan for students to return 5 days a week

Students will start with 4 days a week before the full 5.

Posted: Sep 14, 2020 4:00 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2020 11:20 PM

We are hearing from parents after the Lauderdale County Board of Education voted to bring students back to traditional school full-time by mid-October.

Monday afternoon, board members agreed to gradually bring back all students, starting with in-person classes four days a week.

After only being in classes two days a week under the current plan, starting next week students will spend the next month getting used to being in traditional school four days a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

By October 19, everyone will be back full-time five days a week. It's a change many parents say are excited about.

"The virtual thing is hard and it's harder for them to pay attention to a screen," said parent, Misty Wood.

"Many families here in Lauderdale County still don't have access to internet and they are still struggling," said parent Chasity Shook.

Some parents who have students in Lauderdale County Schools say they have had a hard time adjusting to the virtual program.

"The balance of it is really hard, you know, when people are trying to keep a job and do all of that, and plus we are not school teachers. I mean, we didn't get to go to class for this," said Wood.

"They aren't absorbing much and are just trying to make deadlines," said Shook.

Now the district is making a change.

"It's the best interest of our students to get them back to in-person learning," said assistant superintendent, Tim Tubbs.

The Lauderdale County Board of Education decided on Monday to bring students back for in-person school four days a week at first.

Pre-K through 6th grade starting on September 21, 7th through 8th grade on September 28, and high school starting on October 5.

Then all students will be brought back full-time by October 19.

"I just feel like it's way better than being isolated at home with their parents," said Wood.

With that schedule change, comes more cleaning.

"We are fogging classrooms as much as possible, we are cleaning as much as possible," said Tubbs.

Parents Chasity Shook and Misty Wood say although they are ready for their children to go back to school, they understand there's a risk.

"I let my little one wear a mask because I am trying to protect his health, but I still want him to have somewhat of a normal childhood," said Wood.

None of these changes apply to students in virtual classes.

Not everyone agrees with the board's decision. Some parents who didn't want to go on camera say they think the district is bringing children back too quickly.

The district says it will continue to monitor Coronavirus cases in the area and make adjustments to the plan when needed.

The district also announced Monday it has had 16 students and twelve employees test positive since the first day of school, and recently hired two nurses to help keep up with contact tracing.

"It's a challenge, but they are doing a great job. We have a great set of nurses. They are doing the best they can right now," said Tubbs.

Tubbs says the district is looking to hire more nurses as students return.

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