CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education is scheduled to discuss a revision to its plan to bring middle school students back to classrooms, according to the board’s next meeting agenda.
The district’s current plan has students in grades 6-8 scheduled to return to phased in-person instruction on Monday, November 23.
Sources tell WBTV the board plans to revisit this plan due to a lack of school bus drivers that would be needed to transport students to schools.
Leondra Garrett, a west Charlotte parent, said she has two children that attend Kennedy Middle School. She explained that remote learning has been difficult for them.
“It’s been super-hard, especially having children with IEP’s and learning disabilities. It’s a lot harder for them because they can’t get the services they need online,” said Garrett.
While in-person learning would benefit her students, Garrett said she isn’t pushing to get them back in the classrooms.
“At first I was, but with this pandemic, just the outbreak now, I think safety is first and making sure that our kids are healthy and can go back into a safe, clean, environment,” said Garrett.
Not everyone wants to keep children out of school. Some parents have been urging school system leaders to bring students back into school buildings.
“While I understand we have to have choice, we do have to do in-person teaching. They’re just not learning. It’s not satisfactory what’s going on,” said one parent during a recent CMS school board meeting.
Garrett said she’s not surprised that the district may be having trouble filling bus driver positions.
“I’m not surprised at all because I think these people’s health is just as important as our children’s health is,” said Garrett.
She said she hopes CMS takes a long look at their current plan to bring students back to school buildings.
“I think the school board needs to sit down with parents and rethink this whole pandemic,” said Garrett.
The upcoming meeting is scheduled to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10.