Wake County schools developing remote learning plan
Posted March 24, 2020 1:56 p.m. EDT
Updated March 24, 2020 4:09 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — The Wake County Public Schools System plan for students’ distance learning is a massive undertaking, school board chairman Keith Sutton said Tuesday.
The plan includes schools providing free meals to students across the county.
Bus drivers will help deliver laptops, tablets and hotspots to students without internet access, Sutton said.
Enabling students to learn remotely requires developing a framework that ensures all 10,000 teachers and 160,000 students have the needed resources, he said.
Next week, Wake County teachers will reach out to their students to check in and see if they have equipment needed for distance learning.
“If students or families don’t have hardware or connectivity, we are also using bus drivers, and they along with teacher assistants will be delivering information and materials along bus routes that don’t have access,” Sutton said.
Once everyone has the necessary equipment, teachers will get back to teaching, Sutton said, although he didn’t have an exact date of when that could happen.
The school district is waiting for guidance from the state to determine how students will make up lost time in the classroom when classes were canceled.