The COVID-19 virus is impacting our lives in more ways than we imagined. Thousands of school districts, responsible for millions of students, are being put to the test in how they respond and stay resilient during this global pandemic. Social distancing, indefinite school closures, online learning, and homeschooling are the new reality for schools nationwide.

While it is never easy to prepare for any kind of extended disruption or crisis, how school infrastructure, practices, and policies adapt could signal a long-term change. These changes are even more profound when you work in an under-resourced community where many students rely on school lunches for their meals, and where many families do not have reliable internet access at home. School closures become that much more difficult, but this pandemic has revealed how technology is helping to keep schools and students engaged in learning and on track to finish the school year.

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At Breakthrough Public Schools in Cleveland, Ohio, educators are navigating as best we can while keeping students engaged and focused on their academic goals. This requires a blended approach to account for families in our community without access to technology in their homes. Our teachers are following a “modified” pacing calendar and have refined learning goal expectations for students to reach whether they are taking classes online or traditionally by paper. We’ve gathered resources and developed assignments that will be available both online and in hard copy.

About the Author:

Jonathan Lubas is a teacher and a Verizon Innovative Learning Technology Coach in Breakthrough Public Schools in Cleveland, Ohio.