Grand Blanc Twp. — Despite being out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, West Shore Elementary School student Jackson Gregory can still get six hours of instructional time remotely from his teachers.
From an Acer notebook computer, Jackson can work on math, art, music and even physical education (PE).
According to the National Center for Education Statistics there are no minimum instructional hours required per day in Michigan, but schools must provide 1,098 hours in 180 days. This works out to just over six hours per day, in session.
Jackson’s mother, Courtney, said he easily received his six hours on Monday, March 16. Overall, Courtney said the teachers want the work done by Sunday night so they can start on a new course of work.
“At this point I’m just going with the flow,” she said. Father Randy appreciates the technology that makes this all possible.
The remote teaching plan varies by district, but most are making efforts to include elective classes like art and PE. Families without internet also are receiving assistance. Programs like Google Classroom and Screencastify have been utilized to connect to students.
For Lake Fenton Community Schools (LFCS) students, materials are delivered Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
“The Lake Fenton staff embraced the challenge of creating online content, in a very short amount of time, to ensure they could continue to provide educational opportunities for our students,” Superintendent Julie Williams said. “This is obviously very new to all of us and we will continue to learn as we go.”
Teacher training for remote instruction started March 13, which included involving the Technology Department.
All Fenton Area Public School (FAPS) teachers spent time on Thursday, March 12 creating lessons for the shutdown using online programs, Superintendent Adam Hartley said. “Included within the teacher’s Google Classrooms will be many resources for our students and families,” he said. “Our goal right now is to connect with our students, engage them in learning the content they would have received in class and help our families have purposeful activities for this unprecedented time.”
Holly Area Schools (HAS) created a “Broncho Home Enrichment Opportunities” page for students and families on the main HAS page. Go to hask12.org and click the “COVID-19 Updates” button.
“While Holly Area Schools teachers are not required to provide remote instruction, many of them will be sharing learning opportunities with students and their families during the closure,” said Superintendent Scott Roper.
Linden Community Schools Superintendent Russ Ciesielski said their teachers are offering virtual learning experiences and opportunities through the use of Google Classroom, email, and other resources. “Teachers are making attempts to engage students in a learning experience,” he said. He added that staff is dedicated to the learning process of their students.