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PSS to conduct remote learning classes in new school year

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EDUCATION Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said the Public School System will conduct online  classes when schools reopen on Sept. 8.

But Ada said 10% of students will attend hybrid learning classes — a combination of face-to-face and online learning.

He said these students need additional help, and are required to be in the classroom for a couple of hours on a daily basis. But each classroom will have 10 students or less only.

“It is not just students that are below reading level. It could be students with high social-emotional needs. They may be smart, but they are not motivated. We need to address that, too,” Ada said, adding that teachers and principals will determine who among their students  need face-to-face learning.

In a previous Board of Education meeting, Ada said PSS conducted a survey among parents.

He said 2,000 parents responded to the survey, and half of them were still hesitant to send their children to school.

“So the PSS management team has come together and decided that the best way to address this is to go 100% remote learning, but bring in the students that need one-to-one interaction,” he said.

In the remote learning approach, Ada said PSS will use Blackboard Ultra as its platform.

 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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