Group of Williamson Co. parents hold rally to open schools for in-person learning

Posted at 9:17 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 23:47:09-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn (WTVF) — Several Williamson Co. parents held a rally Tuesday demanding the district reopen schools.

Students are set to begin the school year online next week. However, some parents demanding the district open the school doors and give them a choice to send their kids back to school.

Kelly Jackson was one of several parents along with some students who rallied at the Williamson County Administration building to allow students back in the classrooms on Tuesday.

"So many of us just don’t have a choice, me in particular I kind of have a double whammy," said Jackson, "Not only am I a working parent but all three of my children have IEPs."

Jackson says she’s a full-time mom with a full-time career and remote learning won’t work in her household because her children need extra help.

The parents and students held their signs, yelling and chanting for the superintendent and school board to open the schools for traditional learning.

Incoming senior, Hanna Durdin says she fears she will miss out on important high school memories.

"It just feels like they’ve taken it away from us and we really want to school," said Durdin, "Pep rallies, the social aspect with your friends, lunch, just every little thing is what we’re going to miss this year."

Pre-K through second grade will begin in person on August 7, all other grades will attend school online.

But there is another side of parents who want their children to be at home, saying rushing back to school during a pandemic is too risky.