MARION COUNTY, Tennessee (WDEF) – “There are parents who are nervous, I’ll be honest with you. I’ve heard from some of these parents in particular regarding how the numbers are, ”Marion County Superintendent Mark Griffith said.
Marion County is one of 29 new virtual schools approved by Tennessee.
The Marion County Virtual School already had a virtual offering for Grades 6 to 12, but it will now also be offered to children in Kindergarten to Grade 5.
“We’re using a program that’s unlike anything we’ve had in the past,” Griffith said.
Griffith says there are about 50 children in the program. He says about half are from Marion County and the other half are from outside the region.
“We just felt like we wanted to give instructions to the students. And also reaching out to homeschooling students and different things like that to get them into the Marion County school system, ”Griffith said.
He says that while virtual learning has become much more common during the covid-19 pandemic, the Marion County virtual school is not the same.
“When we decided to continue the virtual platform, we just decided to go with the program over our current teachers pushing it into homes or from their homes pushing into the classroom,” Griffith said. .
Tennessee has allowed virtual schools since 11/20 and there are currently 57 virtual schools in Tennessee.