Wayne County Schools will be experiencing the first non-traditional day, known as NTI, which allows students to study at home this Monday, August 21st.
This statewide program allows school districts to conduct school through virtual or other means on days that the district would normally have to dismiss. These days will most likely be used on snow days, but due to the unique situation schools have been placed in on the solar eclipse day, the district will take advantage of the new NTI program, earlier than expected.
All Wayne County students are receiving their assignments in packets at school today (August 18th) so they can complete their study activities on Monday, in conjunction with the eclipse. During future NTI dates, middle and high school students will be able to use their newly distributed chromebooks and participate in lessons through a software management tool.
On Monday, students will be able to contact their teachers at school between 10 AM and 4 PM via phone or email if they have questions regarding their assignment.
In addition, eye protectors are being distributed to students at several of the schools today. Unfortunately, some of the glasses marketed to schools across the state could not guarantee that they would adequately protect students and staff during the eclipse. Therefore, some of the local schools had to re-order the glasses from manufacturers. This created a time crunch in the delivery arrival time for students to receive the glasses at both Bell Elementary and Wayne County Middle School. Principals had gone to great lengths to try to secure glasses that were safety compliant; however, some of the glasses distributed were apparently fraudulent. The school district regrets that they will not have enough glasses to cover those students, so their families will need to purchase those glasses privately.