Digital learning opportunities help address snow-day concerns

East Jackson Middle School seventh-graders Gabe and Jackson worked from home on JCSS's first Digital Learning/Makeup Day Jan. 18.

East Jackson Middle School seventh-graders Gabe and Jackson worked from home on JCSS’s first Digital Learning/Makeup Day Jan. 18.

If it’s true that “necessity is the mother of invention,” inclement weather must be its father!

From Hurricane Irma to Winter Storm Inga, Jackson County School System students, staff, and families have felt the effects of discombobulated days, canceled classes and queasy questions — like, “Are we going to be going to school in July?!”

Our Teaching & Learning team, led by Assistant Superintendent Todd Nickelsen and Director of Personalized Learning & Innovation Cat Flippen, has been working with our faculty to develop some digital learning opportunities to help students stay on track.

For the inaugural run Jan. 18, teachers at each school posted links to activities for their students on a page on their schools’ individual websites (the post is under the LATEST NEWS tab at the top of your child’s school’s homepage or in the LATEST NEWS list in the middle of the homepage).

“We are thrilled that our teachers have worked to provide quality learning experiences for students at home,” said Dr. April Howard, superintendent. “This is an opportunity for students to engage in learning while the time and place are flexible.

“We realize that not all students have access to the internet and may not have all resources at their disposal, however, we hope parents and students will embrace the effort to provide ‘learning at home’ opportunities.

“School leaders and teachers will certainly provide students who were limited by lack of connectivity an opportunity for support and time upon their return to school,” she said. “We encourage parents and students who have internet access to ‘connect’ with their teachers and school to keep learning while at home.”

Dr. Howard pointed out that since the Governor has declared a state of emergency that includes Jackson County, “our Board of Education will be able to consider various options as they relate to making up the days missed, and the ‘learning at home’ option is certainly a valuable opportunity.”

Updated and added to Media Releases category Jan. 19, 2018