Elkhorn Public Schools will hold 100 percent remote learning for a week after holiday breaks
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Elkhorn Public School Board approved changes to its academic calendar. The schedule changes were made to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and the flu.
“I think it will be good for the kids. A nice experience,” a parent, Brian Grummert said.
Some parents agreed with the changes.
“I like the idea of the extra time off around the holidays,” Grummert added.
The School Board decided to move to 100 percent remote learning for one week after each scheduled break. This includes Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks.
“I think it will prevent longer closures. I think it will prevent the kids coming back having more exposure, more kids out, more kids out for two weeks. So I think this will help keep them all in longer,” a parent, Erin Durant, said.
“Trying to figure out our work schedules will be difficult but that is a challenge we are willing to take on for the health of all involved,” Grummert added.
During those remote learning weeks high school extra-curricular activities will go on as planned with additional safety precautions.
“I think the changes fit our family and what we want and what we need really well,” Durant said.
In a letter sent out to parents the district said the change was necessary to keep families and staff safe especially if a family chooses to travel.
The district says so far, they’ve only had 40 positive cases out of more than 11,000 staff and students.
“We’ve been pleased with everything and feel like it’s gone extremely smooth,” Durant added.
As the district plans for the rest of the school year they said snow days are a possibility.
For right now school officials said students will not have to turn to online learning if snow keeps them away from school for a day.
“This guy likes to make a lot of snowmen so it will work for him, and we can always but some science in that and physics about how snow sticks together and stuff like that,” Grummert added.
6 News reached out to other area school districts to see if similar changes would be expected.
Omaha Public Schools said they do not have any changes to their calendar. However, when it comes to snow days with their 1 to 1 technology initiative, it something they will explore in the future. Right now they are focused on welcoming student as they return to in-person learning.
Millard Public Schools said they added three additional work days into their calendar to help teachers handle the heavy workload. Those days are September 25th, November 3rd, and January 4th. When it comes to snow days the district provided the following statement.
“Snow days will be remote, asynchronous learning. This is a little different from remote - The teachers will provide the work and be available for questions. But there is no set time everyone will zoom in together. Thus the ‘asynchronous’ part. So if you want to sleep late or go build a snowman, you can. You just have to get the work done on your own schedule. And for each snow day called, students get another day to turn in the work. This make up time is for those families who can’t get the work done on the snow day. For example, a child needs to spend the day at the grandparents. They have an extra day to make up the work. The snow days have been removed from the district calendar, so there won’t be any to make up at the end of the year.”
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