Pottstown Ready to Roll Out Remote Learning
POTTSTOWN PA – Thursday’s (April 9, 2020) decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to order all schools in the state closed for the remainder of the academic year due to coronavirus was no surprise to the Pottstown School District, Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez indicated in a circulated letter. In fact, he said, the district anticipated and planned for it.
Now that it’s needed, Pottstown’s fully remote learning model for all grades will be rolled out in stages, Rodriguez reported, beginning April 20 (Monday) with distance education for Pottstown High School.
There will be adjustments as the district proceeds, he wrote. What Rodriguez described as “technology gaps” are expected to be addressed next week for families in Pottstown Middle and its elementary schools. Meanwhile, the district is preparing its online learning to be delivered through Google Classroom.
The superintendent also reminded parents their students currently have access to, and would continue to be supplied with, “enrichment opportunities our teaching staff have developed.” He suggested parents spend time with students and “consider creating a daily schedule dedicated to learning” that includes enrichment that he values as “more important than ever.”
Pottstown teachers will be available to provide assistance, he added. “Don’t hesitate to reach out to your teacher(s) for support,” Rodriguez urged. “They want to connect with you!”
“I recognize this will be a large adjustment for all of us,” the superintendent said, “and many will feel uncomfortable and uneasy about the future. Our strength and ability to overcome this challenging time will be found in our support for each other. Together we will become stronger and better for the experience.”
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