March 29 2020

Burlington Schools Roll Out Remote Learning Plan

By: Rich Hosford

Burlington students can now better connect with their teachers and receive materials for learning at home.  


Burlington Public Schools has rolled out a new Burlington Remote Learning Plan that will give educators a chance to connect with students and their families through Seesaw, Google Classroom, email, or video. 


“Communication can help students feel connected and sustain relationships during a time of isolation,” a notice from the school states. 


In a blog post, school department leaders explained what they have been doing to get this up and running. 


“We hope everyone is healthy and keeping their distance,” the post states. “We have been working on a Remote Learning Plan in case the school closure was extended. When the Governor made the decision to extend to May 4th followed by a recommendation by the Commissioner of Education for a half school day of remote learning per day, we were already preparing a plan to assist families to provide this structure.”


Getting the plan together, school leaders say, has been a team effort. 


“We have many people to thank for their contributions to this resource,” the blog post reads. “Please know that Burlington educators and staff have been hard at work creating flexible curriculum, distributing iPads and instruments, supporting students - and will continue to do so.”


The remote learning plan is meant to engage students but also, perhaps more importantly, to keep them connected with their teachers and their schools. 


“Our focus is on choice and connection,” the post says. “We do not expect nor do we want students tied to their computer screens. Our hope is to provide a flexible curriculum as a resource to you. Our plan includes having an educator connect with a student every day and to reinforce material and use tools that the student should be familiar with using. It is important that your children participate.”


Finally, school leaders says they want to ensure everyone stays safe. 


“Please remember that we are in a healthcare crisis that impacts education and not an educational crisis,” the post says. “We will do our best to meet the needs of individual students during this closure. Most importantly, we hope everyone is safe and stays connected. We look forward to the day when schools reopen.”


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