‘Let Them Learn’ rally held outside FCPS central office; other group says it’s still not safe for in-person classes

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Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Fayette County students are on week three of virtual learning, and some say they’re ready to get back in the classroom.

Some students and parents were protesting outside of the Fayette County School building during the Monday evening school board meeting.

“I honestly would like them to give me a form and let me sign off that my kids could go back to school tomorrow,” parents Angela Costa said.

Parents were holding signs saying they should have the right to choose and kids with signs saying, “please, let me go back to school.”

This started with the Facebook group “Let Them Learn”, which is made up of parents frustrated with NTI and virtual learning. But, parents we talked to Monday say it’s really about having the right to choose whether their kids stay at home or go back to the classroom.

“There is only so much that teachers can do from the other side of the computer screen,” parent Jennifer Rock said.

While this group is rallying for traditional learning, there’s another Facebook group called “We Support Fayette County Public Schools” that’s made up of parents and teachers who feel it’s still not safe enough for kids to be back inside a classroom.

“I think I can speak for the group in saying we miss traditional schooling, we miss being in school in person and we miss all of the fantastic events and learning that in-person school brings," said Ashley Tolson, We Support FCPS. "However, it’s just not safe right now and we really appreciate the school board listening to the experts and analyzing the data and looking at scientific evidence to try to decide when it will be safe for us to come back.”

Neither group got a definite answer Monday night. Superintendent Manny Caulk said they will continue evaluating the situation and plan to make a decision on Sept. 28 about a possible return to in-person learning after fall break.

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