Distance learning continues, school ‘not closed’

When Gov. Gina Raimondo announced on April 23 that students would not be returning to school this year, it marked one month since Block Island School students had been going to class online.
Principal Kristine Monje noted the Block Island School has not cancelled its classes, and “the school is still actively working.”
Each grade level has its own teaching complexities, said Monje. “The high school has been concentrating in online coursework, and elementary has been focusing on reading and packet work,” she said.
Kindergarten teacher “Debbie Hart and I deliver packets to elementary children each Friday,” added Monje.
Teachers at the Block Island School have had to adjust their ‘normal’ schedules to meet the needs and requirements that arrive with distance learning. Teachers Jayne Conway, Susan Gibbons and Shannon Cotter-Marsella shared their insights about the reconfigured schedules.
“I wish there was such a thing as an average day! Finding material that I can use in a virtual format, and includes the information I would like to get across to my students, has been a challenge,” said History Teacher Jayne Conway.
“I’m on my computer around 7:30 a.m. putting up assignments

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