The pandemic has struck the education system especially hard as schools had to swiftly adjust operations to fit within a remote learning environment. Now, as many schools take the summer months to map out a plan and prepare for the start of a new school year come September, administrations are working to find the most successful and efficient ways to adopt learning models that can accommodate an extended period of e-learning.

For schools that are addressing a shift to e-learning for the first time, it may feel overwhelming trying to successfully implement a learning model that answers your district’s needs. Despite this uncharted territory in which schools find themselves, it is important to highlight that there are steps to take that will help navigate this changing landscape and ensure that no student has to feel the weight of this crisis.

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Let’s explore a few steps we’ve instituted at Duarte Unified School District that have helped us deal with the stress of this pandemic on our school system.

Reach out and get your community involved

As you work toward sustained distance learning processes, I emphasize that you never underestimate the power of your district and community. When the pandemic first broke and our students and teachers – as well as education systems around the globe – were asked to instantly adapt to a new remote learning phenomenon, the entire Duarte USD district rallied together to ensure that learning did not have to suffer.

About the Author:

Eric Ramos is Chief Technology Officer in the Duarte Unified School District.


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