Martinsville City Schools students and parents get through the first day of the school year virtually

Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 6:29 PM EDT
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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - There’s never been a “first day of school” like this one at Martinsville City Schools.

Not one student will walk through the halls to class; instead, they’ll be walking through the hall at home, to their laptops.

“It’s kind of different for me because I’m the mom who takes the pictures and follows them to the car and things like that,” said parent Shelby White.

Monday was the first day of Ashley Bratcher’s senior year at Martinsville High School.

“It’s not as exciting as it used to be because I’m not in school anymore, doing it through the computer, so I just got to do what I got to do.”

Even though Bratcher says there are a few perks that come with learning from home, she says there is nothing like being at school.

“When she said this morning she wanted to go to school to be with her friends it got a little emotional for me but I know it’s just for the safety of the kids,” said White.

Students in Martinsville will attend live classes on Zoom, as their teachers stream from the classroom.

Bratcher and her best friend have two classes together and they’ll be working together to make sure they stay on track.

Bratcher and her mom hope they’ll get to have a true “first day of senior year” experience before the school year is over.

“Once they open up, when it’s safe, it might be like a first day do-over and hopefully they can do their activities and get with their friends.”

There were posts on social media from parents with questions and concerns about accessing their classes.

Parents are encouraged to reach out to their schools for assistance.

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