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In Aaron Grossman’s third-grade class, some students even wore their uniforms as they did school work at home.
It’s just one of the ways school was the same for some and very different for most as the Washoe County School District rolled out remote education for 64,000 students.
Schools in Nevada are closed at least for rest of the month amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Grossman, who teaches at Roy Gomm Elementary School, said the system worked and was successful. He did have to remind a few students that they couldn’t do classwork on a hoverboard or swing set.
“Largely speaking yesterday, I think, was a huge success and it’s better today,” said Grossman, who connected with all his students via an online chat room.
His class did an online talent show by submitting videos to share.
The district is now working on lessons plans beyond April 17, which was originally when schools were scheduled to reopen.
“We’re actually starting our second phase of the district’s learning plan,” said Interim Superintendent Kristen McNeill. “We are getting input from principals and teachers.”
The district said for this first phase it printed 50,000 packets of lessons. It estimates about 16,000 students don’t have devices to do work online.
Some students have been provided with devices and the district said it is working with partners to help connect students with donated items.
One minor issue the district faces was that some families didn’t answer phone calls when they didn’t recognize numbers. Teachers are calling from private lines.
For students who don’t have packets yet, they are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Reno, Galena, Reed, Wooster and North Valleys high schools.
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