Though students are not attending school campuses physically, the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District has said that “school is still in session.”
Earlier this week, Gov. Tate Reeves signed an executive order responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak to close schools throughout the state until April 17.
The Greenwood Leflore district said in a statement that instruction will be conducted in an “alternative method” to the traditional on-campus approach. Teachers and schools have been posting instructional videos on the district’s Facebook page to help students with their assignments.
“Students will still receive grades for work being completed,” the district said.
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The Mississippi State Board of Education has voted to suspend all of the federal and state assessment tests for the 2019-2020 school year.
Nevertheless, “our students still need to be provided the same level of quality instruction they were receiving prior to this decision,” the district said.
“Everyone in the district is working to make sure students are remaining engaged,” Superintendent Mary Brown said.
The school district has been diligent with updating families online.
“Parents, we may not be in our classrooms or our offices, but the district continues to work hard each day for your child,” Margaret Dean, spokesperson for the district said in a video addressing the public on the district’s Facebook page.
All athletic and sponsored events have also been canceled until further notice.
For pre-kindergarten students, the district asked parents to read and/or listen to their children read each day. The district will be posting assignment packets online each Monday for students to complete and return to school at the end of the extended break. If parents are unable to print the packets, they are asked to write their child’s name, dates and answers on pieces of paper, place them in a folder and turn them in after the break.
For elementary and middle school grades, the districts made the same reading request. Students will also need to log into iReady for assignments and Imagine Learning if they are English-Learner students and follow the same instructional packet guidelines.
High school students’ assignments are online in USA Test Prep. All other guidelines match the other grade levels.
For physical education and band classes, teachers will provide video instruction that can be accessed through the district’s website and Facebook.
Both Pillow and Carroll Academies will be out next week, staff included.
“Faculty and staff will work from home,” Pillow Headmaster Rodney Brown said in an email. “Teachers and staff may come to school to work, but that is an option and not a requirement.”
Pillow is also implementing its distance and packet learning beginning Monday.
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