Dozens of CMS parents push for virtual learning in K-2 – WBTV

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Nearly 2,400 Charlotte Mecklenburg School students will be learning virtually in the 2021-2022 school year.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools expanded its virtual learning options to include more students. Previously, only high school students could opt for virtual learning.

CMS’ virtual learning program is separate from remote learning that most students took part in during the pandemic.

Now, CMS is offering virtual learning to students in grades 3 through 12. Still, many parents hope CMS will expand virtual learning to kindergarten through second grade.

More than 150 CMS parents signed a petition online pushing the Board of Education to allow virtual learning in all age groups.

“CMS is on the leading edge of what school districts are doing but even that is not enough for kids like mine,” parent Stacy Staggs said.

Staggs is the mother of twin girls who are in second grade.

She says they have complex medical needs that make them more susceptible to complications if they get COVID-19.

Staggs hoped to enroll her girls in virtual learning, but because they are in second grade it’s unavailable.

She is keeping them at home until she can get them into homebound schooling. But she knows, not all families will qualify for homebound learning.