Virtual School Program deadline looms in Wilson County for next year

Grades point out that MNPS students are struggling with virtually learning.
Posted at 5:44 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 21:31:14-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Wilson County parents of middle and high school students have until February 24 to decide if they want their students in the virtual program next school year.

Virtual learning has been going well for Vivian Fulton and her children in Wilson County. "My husband is working from home, I’m working from home, so we’re all just in this little work from home bubble, so we are just staying home, we’re trying really hard not to get sick because we have risk, and it’s not a fun thing to play with," Fulton said.

Vivian Fulton and her family
Vivian Fulton and her family in Wilson County, Tennessee.

She's anxious because she has to decide if her students should enroll in the Virtual School Program for all of next year. Fulton said, "Right now it’s more of how can I plan ahead so far in advance?"

As of now, a school spokesperson said Kindergarten through 5th graders will be in-person, and won't have the virtual option. Fulton said, "So like do I just guess and have half virtual, half home school? Half I don’t even know?"

Sabrina Koorey doesn't feel great about making the decision, and she doesn't know when children will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine. Koorey said, "And so that’s a concern in our house."

She's also worried that she has to make the decision quickly. "My middle schooler wants to play sports, and if she goes to virtual learning, it will take away her being able to play sports," Koorey said, "I think if the school district would give some explaining about the situation, I think it might cool off some people."

A school spokesperson said if a student wants to transfer to the school in their zone at any point, they can file an application with the attendance office.

If parents don't enroll in virtual learning, they will by default be placed in traditional learning. Signing up in advance will help the district allocate teachers and resources too.