Board working on plans for schools should closure be extended

Wade said that she and her classmates are now meeting remotely through Zoom, a video conferencing platform. How will the students who often require the most support - students with special needs - fare without daily accountability and timely teacher support?

Teachers will not evaluate student work in a way that will negatively affect a student's grade.

"At first we started with a strict schedule, but after a few days we realized it wasn't working", McRae said.

We will provide virtual classroom training for teachers and staff. "Can you hand sew an entire jacket before the end of the month?'"

"Learning opportunities will look different during this time".

This has not stopped, and does not stop education, Balow said.

Johnson explained that both she and her students have been working to set up a routine outside of the classroom and she now has them reading from the Renaissance Era to keep them in the world when they begin online readings. "My daughter got up and said 'school starts today'".

Gates has been working to get daily check-ins from her students and now has packets out, rather than just having assignments online - but is working to turn her lessons into the virtual world. The materials will not be graded or required and they won't count for instructional time or course credit, according to Beth Graser, a spokeswoman for the district.

Schools may also ask students to go through online materials in the Singapore Student Learning Space or the Learning Management Systems.

"We are working through enormous challenges with laws, policies, practices, and logistics".

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Teachers will not be expected to report to schools in person on Monday.

North Carolina's Board of Education on Friday directed teachers to focus on keeping in touch with students, making sure they're OK and helping them make progress on academics during the next seven weeks, when schools are closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

While teachers naturally appreciate the value of continued learning, they also recognize the power of continued connection through voice and sight.

"The expectation was that you could teach new stuff, but then you have to go back in class and reteach it", D'Urbino said.

As schools scramble to move learning online, educators across the country fear that remote learning will deepen existing inequities. He said he understands why the school division has placed these restrictions but said it "feels weird".

Submitted photo Park Side teachers prepared for distance learning earlier this week. "I think this is extremely valuable for me to experience", she said. "It's very hard to intervene and correct course if you realize something isn't quite working out".

Most teachers will stay at home on the day of home-based learning, while about 20 per cent of staff, including the principal, will remain in school.

Murphy said she used to work on her research assignments in the evenings after spending the day in the classroom. We're developing plans to distribute Chromebooks to ensure students have the tools necessary for effective learning. "We have pickup days and drop-off days, and that's how we are working and dealing with this right now". This is a central place where families can find ideas for everyday educational activities, links to free learning resources, as well as how to help children learn.

VDOE's guidance to local school divisions includes offering instruction during the summer of 2020, extending the school term or adjusting the next, and adding learning modules to extended school calendars.

  • Sonia Alvarado