Confusion over e-learning enrollment in the Guilford County Schools system is leaving some parents frustrated and asking questions.
MELISSA FISHER: They said that my child would not have a spot if they were enrolled in e-learning.
- Melissa Fisher says she almost lost it after receiving that phone call. Her 14-year-old son was one of 70 students accepted into the Jamestown Early Middle College program after hundreds of students applied. She immediately called Guilford County Schools and Guilford Technical Community College, but says the responses she got weren't consistent, saying she was told her son could keep his spot, then could not keep his spot.
MELISSA FISHER: I'm not getting anything, and it's just frustrating as a parent. As an advocate, I can't help other parents when I don't have the answers myself.
- She initially enrolled her son in Guilford County Schools' virtual academy for peace of mind during the pandemic.
MELISSA FISHER: I don't want my son-- he hasn't left the house but four times since March. I don't want my child being exposed.
- She was reassured he would still have his spot in the Jamestown Early Middle College even after virtual learning for one semester. The Guilford County Schools website states that magnet, IB, and Early Middle College programs will still be available for students who sign up for the virtual learning academy. But that phone call, Melissa says, had her at her wits end.
MELISSA FISHER: That's not what I was told.
- She says the inconsistent information is taking its toll on her family.
MELISSA FISHER: I don't know how he's supposed to log on, what he's supposed to log onto. And there's a lot of parents. It's just not me. It's a lot of parents who don't know.
- Melissa and her family are becoming more worried and frustrated as the weeks fly by.
MELISSA FISHER: They just leave us out here in limbo as if we're just supposed to wait. No. Parents have jobs. We can't drop everything that we have in a week's time.