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Knox County Schools mom questions independent work in virtual learning

Brenda Pracheil is relieved to see her eighth grade daughter texting her best friend about class schedules.

Pracheil’s daughter rejoined Bearden Middle School in-person on Tuesday for the first time since last March. But it was a long road to get there.

Pracheil and her ex-husband chose to have their daughter learn virtually because of concerns around a family member getting severely ill from COVID-19. But they fought to get their daughter back in-person after she experienced an uptick in asynchronous classes this semester.

The district’s virtual program includes synchronous work (live instruction) and asynchronous work (independent assignments during a class period).

During the fall semester, Pracheil’s daughter had at least…

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