Bay District Schools lays out options for student enrollment

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Officials with Elevate Bay say the grant will help expand the mentor program and tailor it to specific schools' needs. (WJHG/WECP)(WJHG)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 8:49 PM CDT
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Bay District School officials held a press conference Tuesday to discuss student enrollment for the next school year.

One option was having students return to campus while abiding by CDC guidelines.

The other was Bay Virtual School, which Principal Shelly Rouse says is different from distance learning.

“All of our instruction, tests, and projects, are embedded in the academic platform,” said Rouse. “So parents won’t feel the need to deliver instruction themselves which is difficult for anyone who is not a teacher.”

Officials say for now, the plan for returning to campus includes optional masks for students and staff as well as breaking up larger gatherings.

For those attending virtual school, students can return to campus but only after completing a full semester virtually.

Rouse said, “The reason for this is that the pacing in a traditional setting is very different than the one in virtual school. If they tried to flip back to the traditional setting, they’d be out of sync with what was going on in the traditional classroom.”

On the flip side, on-campus students can go virtual at any time. For those interested, the deadline to register is July 15.

“We want to make sure we have the best staff on board for the new school year as possible. We’ll need time to select new staff if we need more teachers,” Rouse stated. “We’ll need to build student accounts for those who don’t already have accounts, and we’ll have to upload courses.”

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