Bay District Schools announce Distance Learning Plan

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - School leaders all over the country are looking for ways students can continue their education while they’re at home during this coronavirus outbreak.

Bay District School officials say the distance learning program will connect students with their teachers to continue their learning experience during the outbreak. (WJHG/WECP)

Bay County District Schools is looking to take learning online to help students continue their education during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Some teachers are scheduling daily meetings with their students Via Google hangouts, zoom, class dojo,” said Bay District Schools Assistant Superintendent, Denise Kelley.

Kelley said the distance learning plan will allow teachers to use a number of different websites to conduct teaching sessions, set up learning materials, give homework assignments and more to students of all grade levels.

“Students can come online or call Lynn and hear the teachers’ voice and get instructions from their teachers or get feedback from the teachers,” said Kelley.

Kelley said teachers have specific time frames to teach math, science, english and literature, science and other subjects.

“We’re also working on a plan to put the paper base instructions on the bus to try to get those materials delivered to students who may be in rural areas and get them the materials that they may need,” said Kelley.

The plan also sets aside time for students to take breaks and use other school related materials. Officials believe regardless of what school a student attends, the plan will make sure they don’t fall behind.

“I would never say you’re going to replace the teacher in the classroom and that interaction and the love of learning and so on and so forth. However, right now it’s the best thing we have,” said Bay Haven Charter Academy Incorporated CEO, Larry Bolinger.

The distance learning program will begin Monday and last until schools reopen on April 15th. Bay District School Officials say right now they’re assessing all the students and parents in the district and informing them of their plans.

Officials say they want to work with parents to set up a daily routine for the distance-learning program. For more information about the program click here.

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