Lynchburg Schools double down on its “do no harm” mantra by providing more resources

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Educators and officials of the Lynchburg City School District are making sure their students are easily able to access work, while providing even more resources to make it possible.

Officials with the school district said it’s a priority for them to make sure all students have the access they need to utilize their learning materials. The district is now working on designated locations where wi-fi will be accessible for students, to make sure data nor internet limitations will not be an issue for families.

At the beginning of the year, a survey was sent out for students to complete. According to that study, in the fall 94% of 3rd through 12th graders had access to the internet from home, and 91% had a device at home.

An internet access survey was issued by the Family Connect Team.  Officials using the data to call families.  Members started with secondary schools in the district to make sure all student got their Chromebooks. They also have been making an effort to make sure students have internet access as well. Next up to get devices will be 3rd and 5th grade students. Officials are encouraging families with more than one student in the district to share devices.

67,000 meals have been delivered thus far throughout the district. Deliveries are made three times a week, with enough food to cover two meals for six days. Bus drivers and nutrition employees have been gifted masks. Lynchburg School District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Ben Copeland said deliveries have begun running smoother with the help of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

All new content is not being graded, instead the district’s officials have decided to use new learning materials as a chance to give students feedback. Educators encourage parents to reach out to teachers if they are having issues. So much is still unknown district officials said.

Students have been doing all of their work from home since March 13, when schools were closed. District officials said they have seen activity in 13 different countries with the data that has been collected. They are hoping to see trends in the data, so that the new information can be applied to students’ programing. For students who are unable to access materials the district will provide them with the opportunity to complete all of the new materials at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

Choice boards are being posted for students and parents to access every Sunday by 6 p.m. Curriculum has been focused on English, Social Studies, Science, and Math skills. New programs have been added including a book club.

Modified Gifted Identification has changed too. The problem solving interview component has been removed, as well as the writing components for rising 4th and 5th graders. Officials say they have not seen a change in the in the level of interest in the program.

All grades will be locked in by May 29th. Officials said although seniors will not be having a prom or some other major milestone events, they will have the chance to be celebrated in other ways.

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