If schools do need to switch back and forth between in-person and remote classes, local districts are taking the steps now to be ready. Luxemburg-Casco and Gibraltar are two school districts outfitting their classrooms with the necessary equipment so students inside and outside of the building can learn at the same time. This would mean students could participate in class via video conferencing and teachers could provide feedback in real-time. Gibraltar superintendent Tina Van Meer says their remote learning plans prior to the pandemic were not set up for long-term closures like what was experienced this spring. She feels they can provide a more authentic learning experience now.
Van Meer stressed that even though school districts are putting in a lot of effort to be better prepared for remote learning possibilities this fall, they are also getting all the pieces in place to open their buildings safely.
Picture courtesy of Gibraltar Area Schools