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Springfield schools prepare for remote learning

A survey will be sent out in the next few days for families to share what type of access their student has to technology and internet connection.

Posted: Apr 1, 2020 1:58 PM
Updated: Apr 1, 2020 7:09 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Public Schools is among the districts working on implementing remote learning following recent guidelines from the Oregon Department of Education.

School districts are quickly searching for the best practices to introduce remote learning to students and their families.

RELATED: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASES GUIDELINES FOR REMOTE LEARNING

“We are looking currently on how we are going to deploy technology to our families so that they have technology at home,” Assistant Superintendent for Instruction David Collins said. “Some challenges that they may be facing are access to internet. We are going to problem-solve and do whatever we can to support all of our students receiving a similar learning experience.”

A survey will be sent out in the next few days for families to share what type of access they have to technology and internet connection. From there, families will be notified on where they can pick up a tablet or laptop for their student.

The district is looking into resources such as Zoom to find the best learning methods during this transition.

Collins said the hope is that every teacher, student and family in the district will know that they will be supported through this time.

“I want our families to know we are here for you,” Collins said. “I want our families to know that we will be reaching out. We will be helping you navigate this.”

Heather Gray is the mother of a first grade student.

“He is starting to miss his friends and the school environment," Gray said. "I think that’s going to be the biggest piece of navigation for him.”

Gray said that she does worry about students who do not have access to technology, but she is glad that the district is prepared to meet those needs for families.

“Through their communication they’re making it clear that they’re not making any quick decisions," Gray said. "This is so they can ensure that every student is being cared for in their education and making sure they have the same access or equitable access to everything."

Beginning on April 6, educational material will be distributed to students. The launch of Distance Learning for All takes place on April 13.

More information can be found here.

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