Educators prepare for lessons in the event of school shutdown
Educators across the Hudson Valley are working to figure out how students can continue course work if a district is forced to close because of the coronavirus.
New Rochelle's School Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijoo says there are about 11,000 student in her district, and they are grappling with long term plans so students don't fall behind.
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She says each school principal in the district is now charged with coming up with lesson plans.
While some school districts are turning to online learning, Dr. Feijoo says that is a challenge for his district because not all students have access to computers and internet. Also, if schools are closed, libraries would also shut down so people don't congregate there.
So, she says lesson plans will likely be a mix of Google classroom and paper packets that would be sent home.
In Yonkers, Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada says they face some of the same challenges of many students not having access to computers and internet. Dr. Quezada told News 12 last week that he is having paper packets prepared for each grade level. He says these are 14 days of lesson plans that will be ready to go in case a school is closed for a prolonged period.
State testing for English Language Arts is set to take place in two weeks. There is no word on what districts will do if they have to close during that period.
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