Rockingham County Schools move to virtual learning after at least 13 schools report coronavirus cases
Rockingham County Schools has moved all their schools back to virtual learning after several coronavirus outbreaks were identified in schools.Posted — Updated
Since Sept. 28, students in Rockingham County Schools had been going to school in-person, part-time.
Megan Vincent said she is withdrawing her children from RCS for the rest of the year.
"I believe that if day cares, restaurants, stores, bars, and everything else can be opened, our schools can open," she said. "What are we telling our children by allowing everything but their schools to be open? That they don’t matter? That their education isn’t important?"
Vincent said that her three children had coronavirus in July. Vincent said her and her husband did not get sick, and her children only showed mild symptoms. She believes that "our children's education is worth the risk."
Most parents are concerned about a drop in grades for their children, or worried that their children will have a permanent education gap from online learning.
Jamie Fulton, who is planning on attending the protest, said that the goal is for enough parents to refuse to participate in virtual learning and turn in their Chromebooks.
"We can show them that we have been more than understanding and patient with this since March, but we are fed up and aren't taking it anymore," Fulton said.
Homes like hers with two working parents are struggling to keep up with the changing plans and the online assignments, she said.
More than 11,000 students attend 22 Rockingham County Schools.
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