Significant Staff Shortages Among Reasons For New CMS Plan

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By News Talk 1110 & 99.3 WBT

CMS Board Member Rhonda Cheek has been making regular appearances on WBT's Morning News with Bo Thompson, and stopped by again Friday morning.

The CMS Board held another emergency meeting to discuss the plan to reopen schools, weeks after arriving at the agreement of 'Plan B Plus Remote.' Following Thursday afternoon's deliberations, the board decided students will not start off the school year with two weeks of in-classroom instruction. Instead, the 2020 school year will be kicked off remotely.

Cheek supported the board's decision, stating "nothing has really changed in the health metrics since we approved 'Plan B,' but the health metrics aren't the only things we need to look at." Cheek went on to reference "significant staffing shortages across the board, many are Covid outbreak related."

Cheek acknowldged that remote learing is not practical for all, and that some families have had negative experiences with it. She promised to "be your loud advocate [and] make sure your kids get what they need" as long as parents reach out and notify her. 

Full interview below.