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Metro School parents divided on virtual learning plan

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 13:50:30-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Parents are reacting to the virtual learning plan released by Metro Schools, and there’s strong opinions on both sides.

Some parents wanted students to go back to school, while others think remote learning will be the best way to stay safe.

Kristin Dillard has a 2nd grader at Waverly Belmont Elementary School. She believes virtual learning will help slow the spread of COVID-19, “I am relieved that we will go forward with a plan to keep all of us physically safe and healthy.”

Kristin is glad she doesn’t have to choose whether to send her daughter back or not.

“My daughter actually has a bit of anxiety about the health implications of it, and so she has had a lot of anxiety through the whole COVID pandemic about someone in our family getting sick, about her getting sick, so she’s likely to be relieved that there won’t be kids in school without her,” Dillard said.

However, not everyone is happy about the district-wide remote learning plan.

“I think our kids need to be in school around their teachers that can teach them," Jennifer Claxton said. Claxton has two students in Metro Schools, and a husband who works for the district. She believes remote learning will put stress on single parents and low income families in a time when people are already struggling.

“And I do have concern for the people who don’t have the privilege like myself," Claxton added. "I own my own business and can kind of flex a little bit. I think for a lot of kids that’s their consistency throughout the week because that’s when they get food, that’s their safe place.”

In addition, Jennifer is worried about how virtual classes will impact social and emotional learning. “My son did cry at one point where he just broke down and said ‘I miss my friends,’” Claxton said.

On the other side of it, Kristin said these are unprecedented times, and she thinks the district made the right call.

“I’ve been very impressed with the school board and Dr. Battle and her team, and that they are trying to be proactive, and be as safe as possible,” Dillard said.

For students with disabilities, the district is coming up with individualized plans.

Virtual learning begins on August 4th and goes until Labor Day.