"I would rather just add the hour to the day versus the e-learning because a lot of parents don't have internet and they're put in a position of is this going to be compatible with the devices they're using," said parent Heather Brown. "There are just a lot of unknowns."
Superintendent Dr. Stacey Humbaugh tells Eyewitness News the corporation opted for e-learning instead of extending the school day because grades K through 8 already have a very long day.
"Students at our community schools don't get out till 3:30 p.m. and by the time busses get there and they leave, it can be around 3:40 p.m. So to extend the day by that made it a very long day, especially for our youngest learners," said Humbaugh.
Humbaugh says staff will take a look at any shortcomings during the first e-learning session this Saturday and make changes to help things run more smoothly the following two weeks. She says they'll assess each student's situation to make sure no students get behind or left out. The school's computer labs will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to accomodate students who don't have home internet access. If need be, Humbaugh says those hours may be extended in the weeks to come.
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