South Gibson Students To Make-Up Snow Days Online

Students in the South Gibson School Corporation will be among the first to try e-learning as a way to make-up snow days.
Students in the South Gibson School Corporation will be among the first to try e-learning as a way to make-up snow days. The state is allowing schools that have exhausted built-in make-up days to apply for a waiver to extend several consecutive school days by one hour or put students through weekend online-based instruction. South Gibson opted to make-up three days through e-learning. Students will be asked to complete online assignments on the next three Saturdays. Educators say it's the way of the future, but some parents are questioning the decision.

"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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