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Window to switch LCS student's educational plans closes Friday

Posted at 11:18 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 23:18:21-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Just four days left for Leon County Schools' parents before they have to make a big decision.

Leon County Schools is giving parents the option to switch their students back to brick and mortar, move them to the digital academy, or keep things the same for the second nine weeks.

"It's just very overwhelming," said Jennifer Swerdzewski, a Leon County Scholls parent.

That overwhelming feeling led Swerdzewski to decide to switch her kids back to brick and mortar classrooms.

Leon County Schools opened up a window for parents to choose their children's learning platform for the second nine weeks.

"All of a sudden being on computers several hours a day was just overwhelming," Swerdzewski said. "It was just extremely difficult trying to manage four kids' assignments and lessons."

She's not the only parent who feels that way. More than 1,400 parents opted to move their kids back to brick and mortar after the portal opened Tuesday.

The district said they are estimating that number will rise in the next few days.

But some parents aren't ready to take that step.

"We just find it best that if the children stay home then we know who they come in contact with," said Brandy Berry, a Leon County Schools parent.

Berry decided it was best for her family that her kids continue virtual learning, but understands that her decision may not be perfect for every family.

"Our situation in our family, we're lucky enough to have a stable internet connection and devices my children can use that are reliable," Berry said.

While the district still encourages distanced learning, parents are just happy that they're still getting a say in how their children are learning.

"I'm just hoping that once this second nine-weeks is done, depending on the situation with the pandemic, that parents are still given the option of what best fits their needs."

Parents, the last day to switch your children to either online-based or brick and mortar schooling is October 9.

Parents must contact your children's school directly. Leon County Schools' second nine-weeks begins November 3rd.