Elementary schools transition to learning at home

Published: Mar. 31, 2020 at 6:43 PM EDT
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The COVID-19 crisis has caused school teachers and administrators to create a new model of virtual learning through weekly packets and online video sessions.

Tisa Rowe, a third grade teacher at Dorr Elementary, admitted it was difficult at first but then adjusted to overcome the initial obstacles. Now, she is fully functioning as a remote teacher.

In addition to virtual classes, Springfield Local Schools students are provided weekly learning packets that can be picked up in the school lobbies and at the Walmart and Meijer stores on Central Ave.

"We're using the learning packets as a springboard and then we see what the kids need, and based on what we're doing we take it from there," Rowe said.

The virtual check-ins keep teachers and students alike connected and engaged.

"It makes me feel happy because I can talk to my class again," Dorr third grader Ava Rechtine said.

Outside of the virtual learning and packets, Dorr Elementary principal Cheri Copeland said it's important for parents and caregivers to be engaged in the learning process. Even the smallest steps make a big difference.

"I think if you just read with your children, that's the biggest thing you can do," Copeland said.