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Memphis school board members hesitant to reopen buildings even as most other districts have returned


October 19, 2020

School board member Michelle Robinson McKissack speaks to counterparts from across the state in 2018. Laura Faith Kebede / Chalkbeat

Shelby County Schools board members aren't ready to reopen school buildings anytime soon.

Chalkbeat talked to seven of the nine school board members this week to hear their thoughts on reopening buildings to about 90,000 students. Three of them said January is the earliest they feel comfortable reopening school buildings, especially as county health officials this week declared the virus' autumn "surge" has arrived.

Others said they want to see a plan for COVID-19 testing in schools along with survey data on how many parents and teachers want to stick with virtual learning or return to buildings before the district announces a date.


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