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Student Participation is important part of Virtual Learning

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     Wayne County Schools along with all schools across the state who are observing NTI (Non-traditional instruction) days, are not recording daily attendance as usual. Instead, teachers are recording participation in their Infinite Campus software programs, with students working individually at different paces from home. Teachers are on campus during normal school hours communicating with their students remotely. As of August 28th, the schools had accounted for 3,046 students through digital learning means, which will continue to be a fluid number. All Wayne County students are considered virtual students through September 25th, as per Governor Andy Beshear’s recommendation.

      So far, local students have been responding positively to their teachers’ virtual learning tools. In fact, most students were already familiar with digital learning during part of their previous school days on campus.  In any case, the schools are anxious to assist families with any technical issues, explanations of assignments, or any other issues during these unusual times. Parents are encouraged to call their child’s school for assistance.

     The district has had several inquiries about internet options for students at home.  Below is a list of current options:

*Options for a wired connection are CTS and Windstream.  Both have a plan for student access for $15/ month. Info can be found about those on the school webpage.

*Options for wireless carriers are Bluegrass and AT&T but they do not have service in all parts of the county.  Both have options for around $20/month.

*The district has a good free hotspot access to our network in the WCHS gym parking lot for our students with a personal device connection and the school issued Chromebook automatically accessing the network.

*In the community CTS has hotspots located at the ASPIRE Center, and the Farmers Market.

*Several more hotspots are being planned working with CTS for other areas in the county and the district will share those as they are brought online.



Extra Information on Daily Participation-   

     Daily participation for students learning through non-traditional instruction may be in real time during the school day, or at times outside of normal school hours, and include at least one of the following: 1. One-on-one video communication or phone calls between teacher and student (or teacher and parent with smaller children or students with special needs); 2. Group video communication or phone calls between the teacher and a whole class or between a teacher and smaller groups of students within a class; 3. Student time logged into a learning management software system completing assignments; or 4. Submission of paper-based assignments for students in a non-digital, non-traditional setting.

     At its July 10 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education approved an amendment to 702 KAR 7:125, which gives school districts the ability to provide and receive funding for a variety of instructional delivery models to meet the needs of their students and communities during the 2020-2021 school year in light of continued COVID-19 risks and necessary prevention measures.

     The amendment temporarily suspends the collection of student attendance data for funding purposes. In its place, it established a process for collecting student participation and requires the reporting and publication of district student participation rates to KDE and the Legislative Research Commission.

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