HENDERSONVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Sumner County students returned to in-class learning on Tuesday for the first time since March.

The school system began the year on a hybrid schedule.

Parents were glad to have students returning to normalcy on Tuesday.

The start of the school year has been a challenge for parents and kids.

Sumner County students in grades 6-12 have been on a hybrid learning schedule, attending classes in person two days each week, then learning virtually the other three days.

For the lower grades, all students have been attending in class every day.

“I don’t know how parents who don’t work from home are able to do it,” said Danielle Leak.

Even though Leak and her husband work from home, it’s been a challenge. She has a child in seven grade and the other in 10th grade. She said virtual learning hasn’t been an easy transition.

“There’s some challenges with assignments in the Google classroom,” said Leak. “The teacher not being able to find them when they were committed. The teachers have been gracious.”

The biggest problem for Leak’s 10th grade son has been the social isolation.

“He just doesn’t like not being with his friends. He misses the social interaction, not seeing all his friends on the same day. Because he was L-through-Z, he only got to see some kids in his classroom,” said Leak.

Her children missed in-class learning so much, she said they told her not to make them do virtual again.


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