Coronavirus pandemic impacting learning for Decatur City students

The Decatur City Board of Education has serious concerns about students staying on track.

Posted: Oct 21, 2020 1:08 AM
Updated: Oct 21, 2020 3:33 PM

We're seeing a clearer picture of how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting learning.

The Decatur City Board of Education has serious concerns about students staying on track.

WAAY 31 was at the board's meeting Tuesday night.

Decatur City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Douglas stressed that teachers are working harder than they ever have. But there are more students falling behind in school because of blended learning.

"Traditional is going really good, virtual I think is going really good. It's the hybrid blended that we've got to come up with something that's workable for parents but also for our teachers," said Douglas.

Douglas says that students are struggling to keep up with their work on blended learning.

Many students, he says, are not logging on to meetings and have not been completing their schoolwork at home. But even with the difficulties of blended learning, schools can't get rid of it.

"I will tell you there's no way we can completely do away with blended because if a kid goes quarantine, you have to service that kid for those 14 days," said Douglas

And with more students than usual earning failing grades, the school system is already preparing for a busy summer.

"We're anticipating probably one of the biggest summer learnings for summer schools in Decatur City Schools' history," said Douglas.

Douglas said he is going to brainstorm ideas with middle and high school teachers to come up with a better way for students to learn at school and at home and not fall behind.

The Decatur City Board of Education says that any changes to how students learn during the coronavirus pandemic won't happen until the second semester of the school year.

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