FWCS will produce learning packets for students with no access to technology during stay at home order


FWCS will produce learning packets for students with no access to technology during stay at home order

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Fort Wayne Community Schools has submitted a proposed a game plan to make sure all its students will be able to forge ahead with learning through the trying times involving a suspension of in-person instruction.

In some cases, it will involve distributing hard copies of learning materials to students without access to technological resources in their homes.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the state’s department of education shut down in-person instruction back in March, and because of social distancing practices to slow the spread of the disease, kids won’t be returning to classrooms the rest of this school year.

Several local public school districts have been utilizing video conferencing and doing eLearning to keep students moving forward.

But Fort Wayne Community Schools had faced a deadline on Friday to lay out a continuous learning plan to demonstrate how it will keep the “learning train” rolling for all of its students during the governor’s stay at home executive order.

At least 60 percent of the total FWCS student enrollment has been doing blended remote learning through the PowerSchool Learning management system since April 6th.

But the other 30 to 40 percent of students in the district are mostly left out with that system, because they don’t have access to computers or the internet at home.

The new plans seek to work around that.

“We are in the process of developing some learning packets, some hard copies of some of the things that they would be learning if they were still in school,” said Krista Stockman, a spokesperson for the district.

“None of this, of course, replaces that face to face interaction, and this is not necessarily a full eLearning plan, but it is a plan to keep students learning while they are out of school,” Stockman said.

“Other districts around us already do the eLearning. I mean, why are we so behind here? This is the largest district in Indiana. We should have already had a plan,” said Aleasa Friedley, who has two children enrolled in Fort Wayne Community Schools.

The learning packets are being finalized now.

Because of limitations related to the district’s overall continuous learning plan, students will get three days credit for every five days of actual instruction time.

Based on that formula, FWCS expects May 28th to be its final day of school.

Southwest Allen County Schools released details of its continuous learning plan.

Officials await its approval.

Some of the key points in that plan include:

–Blended learning environments will allow teachers to combine online delivery of educational content with features of classroom interaction and “live” instruction through video conferencing solutions to personalize learning and differentiate instruction for all students.

–Online instructional delivery will primarily be facilitated through Canvas, the district’s learning management system (LMS).

   –Focus of curriculum and instruction will focus on prioritized and/or identified high-priority (Essential) standards for each grade level and content area.

Northwest Allen County Schools released a statement regarding its game plan for advancing learning through the remainder of the school year.

“We continue educating with a variety of tools including blended learning with use of eLearning and group online meetings with teachers, classes and some smaller-group activities. We have some students completing work through printout packets and flash drive instructions created by teachers on a weekly basis since not everyone has internet access where they live. The remainder of the year will continue this way,” according to the district’s chief communication officer Lizette Downey. 


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