Setting up students for virtual success in the CSRA

Published: Aug. 16, 2021 at 7:11 PM EDT
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WAYNESBORO, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - We know virtual learning isn’t the best for our kids. Learning from home is already a reality for districts like Burke and Taliaferro that are closed down for COVID.

Screven County Schools also announced its closing down through labor day. Of course, we know the key to success for virtual learning is internet access. But there are still thousands of local families without it.

Burke County students are learning remotely for the next two weeks because of 57 positive student cases and six staff cases. But this remote learning does not require live online classes.

Internet access is still a challenge here. “Broadband Now” says around 5,000 people in Burke County do not have access to any wired internet. But the school’s one-to-one technology provides students with a laptop or tablet. And if needed parents can request one of more than 300 hotspots for that connection.

Work for students will be posted to their Google Classroom and the majority of it will not be graded. After only nine days back in school, the work is to keep students on track and each teacher will host office hours for any parent or student with questions.

Burke County’s superintendent says it’s a reset for the schools, giving students or teachers testing positive a chance to heal. And give exposed students to the chance to quarantine before returning on the 30th. With required masks and ready to learn.

A breakdown of all the information needed for the next two weeks is on the Burke County Schools website under back-to-school information and resources.

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