But starting the following week, students in Bend-La Pine Schools will work directly with their teachers on assignments from home, and can expect to hear from students' teachers by Tuesday, March 31 about each classroom's plan. (Updated: the original version said May 31. That was an error.)
One of those questions: How will the online school work for those students who don't have internet access at home? With libraries, coffee shops and other free internet resources closed due to social distancing, access to the internet has become more of a challenge for some.
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"Paper packets will also be utilized at the elementary level and for other students 6-12 who need it, and digital learning at the secondary level can be downloaded to Google Drive in order to provide access offline, if necessary. All teachers can be contacted via phone in lieu of email for families that do not have internet," Mikalson wrote.
Local internet providers such as BendBroadband are offering free service for 60 days to low-income households and those with students in K-12 and college; however, inquiries as to whether the service would require a long-term contract went unanswered.
Teachers will spend the Monday and Tuesday before the "return" of school working on plans for students, and will plan lessons in two-week windows, Mikalson explained.
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