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WDIO-TV Video: Parents and schools are preparing for long-term distance learning

Mar 17, 2020 07:02AM ● By Editor

Schools are preparing for long-term distance learning. Virginia shared their plans.  Photo: WDIO-TV file

From WDIO-TV - March 17, 2020

School districts around the country are preparing for distance learning. In the Northland, Tuesday will be the last day of classes for those in area schools.

Virginia leaders have been preparing for this for weeks. Superintendent Noel Schmidt said, "It will be easier for our older students, who already use online learning. For our younger students, we will still be using some paper assignments. And sending iPads home with them, too." Plus, elementary teachers will be maintaining consistent contact with their students' families.

Not everyone has access to WiFi, and that is a problem. The school will make it possible for you to use it around some of the buildings, so you can still get online.

The district is working on plans for parents to be able to pick up lunches, if they need them. And Schmidt said they are also looking at buses as an option to bring assignments and meals out to kids.

Still, it will be a challenge for parents. Stacie Lamppa, who works at the school and has four school-aged kids, said, "Take it one day at a time. There will be some creative activities."

Another parent, Andrea Lintula, said, "Honestly, I did panic a little bit. But then we just sat down and I talked with my daughter about her schedule. We wrote down some of the things she does, and what she can still do at home. She can play the piano more, and do some arts and crafts."

The main message Schmidt said, is, "We will get through this. But don't let your kids immerse themselves in video games. Get them to read some books."

Elementary age kids already went home with some books. High school kids are being encouraged to take them home.

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