No more teaching by the book

New learning plan forces families, district to adapt as coronavirus pandemic shutters schools.

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April 14, 2020 - 10:10 AM

USD 257 board members, administrators and others participate in a Zoom meeting Monday evening. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

The first couple of weeks of unprecedented online and at-home teaching have gone relatively smoothly, USD 257 administrators said. With schools shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts have had to develop plans for students to continue their studies from home.

The biggest problem appears to be the anxiety and depression in younger students who miss their teachers and interaction with their peers. It’s also not a piece of cake for parents to be suddenly put into the position as teachers.

Older students have required adjustments in how lessons are developed, as students switch between online learning and receiving paper packets.

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