Community concerned about Stone County school readiness plan
In a special-called meeting tonight, the Stone County School Board voted to approve the district’s school readiness plan for the upcoming school year, but some parents and community members still have some concerns.
By a four-to-one vote, the Stone County School Board paved the way for kids to return to school next month, but some parents are still not satisfied with the school readiness plan. Parent Dwana Haley said, “What we read as a community, it’s just not enough information.”
As of right now, the plan follows a traditional model with precautions in mind. Masks are mandatory on school buses, but optional for students and staff on campuses. During the meeting, Superintendent Inita Owen stressed the importance of having kids back in a physical school setting. “If you want your child to learn and learn the best they can, they need to be in school face to face with an adult, a certified teacher.”
Still, some community members left the meeting with more questions. Stone County NAACP President Robert James said, “They’re concerned about the students getting this virus and bringing virus back to their parents and their caretakers.”
District leaders indicate that the plan may still change based on new information and unknown factors, leaving the door open for alternative schooling options. “Just kind of listening to them, I feel like that’s where we’re headed. And I feel like they know that.”
Owen said, “There is going to be a change every single day, every week until we get there and we’re going to have to adjust and readjust our plan every single day, every single week.”
Stone County students are set to return to school on August 6th.