Parents concerned about construction of James E. Bacon Elementary School in Wayne Co.

JESUP, Ga. (WTOC) — Children in the Wayne County school system are scheduled to return to class on Friday, but James E. Bacon Elementary School is under construction and will not be able to accommodate students. As a result, students will be split across three separate campuses, which one parent says raises major concerns.

“With me dropping off five kids in four locations, you can tell it’s easy all day, but do they want to ride with me to drop off and see how it goes? I mean, it’s just chaos” said Kacee Surface, a parent of a Wayne County college student.

As part of emergency plans released by the Wayne County School System, kindergarten, 4th and 5th graders will be in designated classrooms on the James E. Bacon campus. Pre-Kindergarten and Grade 1 students will be in classrooms on the Coastal Plains Charter School campus, and Grades 2 and 3 students will be in classrooms at the jesup church of god.

She is also concerned about the safety of her children, two of whom she says have serious health issues, and their access to a school nurse.

“There will be a nurse and she can go to each campus, but again, I have two who have major health issues, so even five minutes scares me,” Surface said.

The most frustrating part, says Surface, is what she feels is a lack of consideration for parental input. She said she asked if there was a meeting with the parents and was told no.

“They have to do what they have to do to come up with the best contingency plan they can come up with, but I feel like the parents should have been a bit more involved.”

Wayne County has not yet responded to my requests for additional comment.

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