Back in March when the first stay at home orders were announced they required the closing of all schools in the state. Dixon School Superintendent Margo Empen said no one expected the closing of schools would last longer than 2 weeks. She went on to say after that time everyone was scrambling to put into place some kind of online plan.
At a recent special school board meeting the district explained their plan if they will start the fall school time online. One of the changes will be the use of the money from the CARES Grant to purchase chrome books for every student in 6th – 8th grades.
Empen said for elementary classes they will be using an app the parents and student can go to. Empen also said for the middle and high school classes they may be held via Zoom Conferencing. The benefit of this, said Empen, is it will provide the ability for teachers and students to see each other and the teacher can instruct in an online classroom.
Another benefit said Empen is the fact the school district can use the system to still have classes on a snow day. The district will soon be communicating with parents to find out what internet devices are available in peoples home.