Robert: English Schools District looking into online and in-class possibilities for the fall

The 2020 school year was cut short due to the threat COVID-19. However with the number of active cases low and the Provincial Government gradually lifting restrictions relating to the pandemic, the English School District is already planning ahead so the next school year doesn’t suffer the same fate.

In speaking with NTV  News, Tony Stack of the NL English School District says they are preparing for all possible scenarios, but added that the goal is to spend as much time in the classroom as possible.

Stack says formalizing a strategy for the fall will require a few things from Government.

“We really want to have finalized, detailed guidelines from the Chief Medical Officer of Health,” said Stack. “Secondly, sufficient funding for equitable access to technology to provide online learning for all students. Thirdly, the department needs to know if changes to the curriculum or graduation requirements are needed.”

Stack says that the department is also addressing concerns from parents in rural communities where internet connectivity is limited. He says in those cases, alternative solutions are being discussed.

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