Roanoke County School Board supports bringing more students back for in-person instruction
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – UPDATEThe Roanoke County School Board gave its support during Thursday night’s meeting for a plan that will bring third-grade students back into the classroom for in-person instruction five days a week starting on October 26. ORIGINAL STORYDuring a work session on Tuesday, Roanoke County Public School officials presented an expandable plan to school board members that would allow more students to return to the classroom. “Having a half a day in school is a step in the right direction," said Roanoke County parent, Nicole Pardon. Roanoke County Public School officials would not comment on the proposed plan before it is presented to the school board during Thursday evening’s school board meeting. If the board decides to move forward with the plan, students could return to school starting as early as the end of October.
'We are drowning’: Hundreds sign petition asking Roanoke County schools to reconsider hybrid learning
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – A group of parents in Roanoke County are at a breaking point with hybrid learning, so they created a petition to ask Roanoke County Public School leaders to reconsider. “We are drowning,” said Nicole Pardon, a mom of two Roanoke County high school students. Pardon said the district’s current hybrid plan isn’t working for her, her kids or hundreds of other families. "And not only the effect on students, but the effect socioeconomically on our community.”She and three other parents started a petition to revisit the Roanoke County hybrid plan and get kids back in school. She also said parents should have the option to send their kids to school full-time because of a learning disability or their families' work schedules.