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Distance learning begins for Minn. students

posted Mar 30, 2020, 3:47 PM by Andrew Tichy
By: Jack Eisenzimmer

One of the most pressing issues of COVID-19 is how fast it spreads. This is why governments everywhere are ordering shelter in place, and social distancing guidelines. One of the questions that comes with this though is what to do about education. Due to the fact that we can’t be in school, teachers and district administration have had to create an online curriculum to finish out the school year.  The school is also helping deal with the issue of childcare for parents that work in essential services. Along with that, they’re providing meals for students and families during the pandemic. The questions students have are mainly surrounding the specifics of the plans. How is school going to work? What times will we have classes? Do we need to use Chromebooks? We will break down the latest updates from MHS and the district throughout this article, and attempt to answer some of those questions.

On Friday an email was sent out to all students and parents in the district outlining the plan for the upcoming online curriculum. It provided the schedule for classes and described the basic structure. Everyone will use their school provided Chromebooks to attend online classes starting on Monday, March 30. Classes will start at 8:25 a.m. with Principal Lawrence giving some morning announcements. After that your classes will start at 8:30 with blocks lasting 45 minutes and skinnies lasting 25 minutes. After that there is a short lunch break, and then time for students to meet individually or in small groups with students from 1:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Teachers are using Google Hangouts to hold these online classes, and applications like loom to send out videos for notes. Students are required to use school-issued devices. This is primarily because using one uniform device makes things easier for the district and allows for better tech support from the district. 

These are interesting and unprecedented times, but education must go on. Plans have been put in place and students should do whatever they can to adhere to the directions provided for them. Throughout the coming weeks more information will come out, and plans could change, but for now, keep going to class. Education and routine are critical for kids. Stay safe, stay inside, and try to embrace online learning and the new challenges it provides.