‘Let Them Learn’: More than 1,300 JCPS parents want in-person learning option for kids

‘Let Them Learn’: More than 1,300 JCPS parents want in-person learning option for kids

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - More than 1,300 Jefferson County Public Schools parents who want their children back in school now have joined a Facebook group titled “Let Them Learn” in JCPS.

One of the parents from the group said he is worried about his daughter in 4th grade.

“I can’t speak with how well high school students are doing with this, I don’t have a child that age, but a one-size-fits-all does not work for everybody,” the concerned parent said. “Kids age six through nine, six through 10, they don’t learn by watching videos and taking notes and then doing the work. They don’t learn by researching something on Google. They learn by somebody actually teaching them.”

The concerned parent, who didn’t feel comfortable sharing his name, said Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) isn’t the best option for his daughter and many other younger JCPS students. He’s calling on the board of education to hear parents out and give them an option for in-person learning.

“We want the option for kids to go back to school who want to go back to school,” he said. “Those who do not, fine. Stay with what you’re doing.”

The group members stated they feel silenced, and they want more involvement in meetings and more opportunities to discuss issues face-to-face with Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio and school board members.

“I know the board has another meeting Jan. 19. We really want to be able to get in front of the board on the 19th. We would like to be there, not a packed house,” the concerned parent added.

Friday, Pollio told WAVE 3 News he was hopeful in-person learning will start soon but that the ultimate decision lies in the hands of the board members.

“We’re hoping that we get enough doses,” Pollio said. “That we can get all nearly 13,000 people in the first couple of weeks, and then we would have the 28-day period with the booster. Then we could implement the return of school very soon after that with our board approval.”

The next JCPS school board meeting will be held on Jan. 19 and can be viewed on the JCPS YouTube channel.

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