Creating a Continuity of Learning

A page from the “Why Can’t I Come to School” story shows children doing activities with parents and says, “I am staying home until all my friends and my teachers are healthy.”

DENTON — Creating a Continuity of Learning plan to reach 5,800 students has been an unexpected and daunting challenge, said Dr. Patricia Saelens, Superintendent of Schools for Caroline County, who has been charged with implementing a program to help students continue with their studies until school can resume.

Phase I of Continuity of Learning began Monday, March 30, with loaner devices and packet distribution to Caroline County Public School students needing either, and teaching staff receiving the training necessary for students to learn remotely. Followed by Phase II which rolled out April 6 and included

creating a specific section of the website with everything students and families need to know.

“Distance learning cannot reasonably replace daily in-person instructional programs, and this plan is not intended to re-create the school day,” said Saelens.

The plan does seek to provide both structure and flexibility for students, teachers and families, said, while recognizing the challenges families and staff may face while participating in distance learning.

“We don’t have all the answers right now,” said Saelens, “and we know adjustments will have to be made as we travel an uncharted path. Be assured that together, we will work hard to provide the best possible solutions for Caroline students.”

Last week staff loaned devices to families who do not have a device in their home.

“This has been a daunting challenge, and one that every school system in Maryland, and most other states, are struggling with right now,” she said. “I’ve said this several times and will continue to repeat it – the patience and support from staff, families and community has been overwhelming and very much appreciated. I have no doubt we will do what Caroline always does – get through this together.”

Additionally, CCPS has installed new devices that deliver a strong Wifi signal well into the front and/or side parking lots of all schools. Families and students may visit any school parking lot between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Devices will be turned on and off remotely daily.

Also, all school counselors are available by email and Google Voice (telephone) from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on days that school would have been in session. For contact information visit carolineschools.org.

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