SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Class is canceled for Suffolk high school students who were studying to become emergency medical technicians.
Six weeks into the school year, Suffolk Schools canceled the class at the College and Career Academy at Pruden.
“I was devastated ’cause that’s what I’ve wanted to do pretty much all my life and just to have the opportunity taken away, kinda hurtful,” 17-year-old Scott Proctor told 10 On Your Side.
The school system sent a letter to parents explaining that they started the year with a substitute teacher while looking for a qualified and certified instructor.
They were unable to do that and canceled the class, offering the students the opportunity to transfer into other vocational classes.
Proctor’s dad, Scott Sr., doesn’t like it.
“Many of these courses are two year courses and with him being a senior that doesn’t leave many options for him.”
The Proctors would prefer something else. “What I wold like is for the school system to pick up the cost for him and any of the other kids to be able to go to the EMT program in the evening,” Scott Sr. said.
There is an EMT class at Pruden for adults at night. It costs about $500.
“I don’t have the financial means to be able to pay for that,” Scott Sr. told WAVY.com.
10 On Your Side reached out to Suffolk Public Schools Spokesperson Bethanne Bradshaw, who said, “SPS does not plan to use funds to pay for an adult education class at this time.”
When asked for an explanation, she replied, “Public school funds are designated for K-12 programs only, not adult education. Because the adult class does not offer a student high school credit, it is not a K-12 program.”
That leaves Proctor putzing around his house every day instead of pursing the career he craves.
He and his Dad now hope a new teacher or another local institution will step in to help these students.