The Prairie South School Division is offering a ‘Supplementary Learning Program’, or a way for their teachers to teach kids while in separate places.
Director of Education with the school division, Tony Baldwin , says its a bit of a learning curve for both the students and the teachers.
“It is different. It is lots of work for teachers, and really lots of work for parents – who we are concerned about. But we are going to make it work for kids”
“We understand that this is a really difficult time for parents. Some kids are able to work pretty independently, but some will need support for mom and dad. We wanted an option that would be universally available, so we decided to use Facebook as the platform for that. We also wanted something that wouldn't require any materials that wouldn't be found at home, and that wouldn't require a ton of time from mom and dad.
The program is completely optional for kids, but of course recommended. Kids K-9 are encouraged to keep up with the program, while for grades 10-11-12, its up to the students whether they want to be involved. Baldwin says Easter is when the division will take a look at the plan and see what tweaks need to be made.
You can find more information on the Prairie South School Divisions Facebook page.
Baldwin went on to commend the work of the teachers, who while not working in their regular environment, are doing a fantastic job.