‘Let Them Learn’ rally outside FCPS board meeting, parents frustrated


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The social media-based group, ‘Let Them Learn in Fayette County,’ held a vocal rally outside the Fayette County Board of Education meeting Monday evening, saying the board and school district aren’t listening to them and their desire to get children back in the classroom for in-person instruction.

The board decided in a special meeting last week to continue with online learning the remainder of the fall semester due to a surge in coronavirus cases.  The school district will reassess the situation in January after the holiday break with the hopes of returning students to the classroom.

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About 75 parents and some of their children took the rally Monday evening right up to the door of the auditorium where the school board meeting was being held. Some parents on the inside, sitting with signs that read, “Open Our Schools,” said you could hear the chants loud and clear.

One teacher and parent told ABC 36 News she was most put-off by a recent parent survey by the school district asking parents if they wanted their children to continue learning online or go to a hybrid schedule of some days in the classroom and some online each week.

“It’s very frustrating. The survey was sent out parents were excited to be able to have their voices heard and then they completely just disregarded it and said no, sorry, we’re going to stay all virtual. And so, we were left to wonder what the point of the survey was,” Courtney Turay said.

The school district says 54 percent of the 41,000 families in the district selected a hybrid model. Twenty seven percent of the families did not respond to the survey and twenty percent requested remote learning.  The district did point out that in the written comments section of the survey, many families who favored a hybrid schedule did not want their children to return to the classroom the week of Nov. 2, which was the tentative return date.

Fayette County Public Schools only has a few weeks left in this semester and is offering small group supplemental help for two hours in the afternoon for students who need extra help called “Targeted Services.”

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Monica Harkins joined the ABC 36 News team in June 2019 as a Multimedia journalist and Anchor/Producer. She’s born and raised in Austin, Texas and headed “North,” as she calls it, to study broadcast journalism and business at the University of Missouri. While at Mizzou she anchored and reported for KOMU 8 News, an NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri all four years. During her childhood she played almost every sport, but they always called her “Hollywood” for her love of theatre. In high school, she realized her excitement for theatre and performing was only a small piece of the puzzle. It’s story telling that’s her passion. She’s especially passionate about social media and creative platforms to tell stories. Her most recent experiment is being a FAA certified drone pilot. As a proud Texan she says she’s made of country music, Southern hospitality and Sweet Tea. When she’s not at work you can find her trying new recipes, listening to crime podcasts, reading the latest romance novel or rockin’ out to live music with friends. She says she’s only a tweet or Facebook message away, so say hi and send her the latest on your community. @MonicaHarkinstv or Mharkins@wtvq.com