R-IV Outsources Distance Learning
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 12:19pm admin
Teachers in the Willow Springs School District will soon no longer be responsible for providing both distance learning in addition to in-classroom instruction to the district’s students who do not participate in seated instruction. Responding to the concerns from all the district’s administrators presented at the last regular School Board meeting, the district is now using paid providers to provide remote instruction to distance learners.
According to Superintendent of Schools Bill Hall, instead of district teachers providing lessons through Canvas, grades kindergarten through fifth grade will be using a provider called Acellus as of October 16, and grades six through twelve will be using the provider Edmentum as of October 26.
Families now only have the two options: the paid providers chosen, or seated instruction, said Hall. Formerly, there were three options: seated instruction, distance learning provided by local teachers, and virtual instruction provided by other sources.
At this point, there are 95 students using distancing learning, which is a reduction from the start of the school year, said Hall.
by Amanda Mendez, publisher