Richmond students going to school, but not to class

Posted at 5:47 PM, Sep 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-11 07:46:17-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The school year at Lucille Brown Middle School started Sept. 2, 2014. Yet, as of Sept. 10,  some of the students still aren't going to class.

That fact was confirmed by Richmond Public Schools late Wednesday.

"They are pretty much wasting time in a classroom," said a mother of a student, who didn't want her name revealed. "On Monday when I asked him how school was he said they just sat in a room all day."

The parent said that her child was often kept in an empty room with other students. Supervisors at times permitted computer activity.

"Here you have a large group of students now that are pretty much late to the game," the mother added.

RPS said as of Monday 40 students were impacted, by Wednesday that number was down to five.

The school said that there were "scheduling challenges" the first week.

"This affected approximately 40 students and was due, in part, to changes in our middle school schedule," said school spokeswoman Cletisha Lovelace, in a statement.

"Additionally, our transient population of new and transferring students was also a significant factor. With the support of a district-wide counseling team, the school worked diligently last week and over the weekend to ensure that these students received schedules when they arrived to school on Monday, September 8."

"We appreciate the patience of our parents and students as work to resolve these scheduling conflicts. Parents should be assured that we will continue to respond with a sense of urgency to address all concerns and ensure that every student receives quality instruction."