Iowa City School District attributes convenience and flexibility to high online enrollment
IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) — It’s been more than three months since the COVID-19 vaccine opened up to ages 5 to 11, and even so, many students of all ages are staying online for schooling. The reasons vary beyond simple virus security issues.
Leah White, a family and consumer science teacher, knows that traditional in-person school isn’t the best option for all students. That’s why when the Iowa City Community School District needed to fill more virtual positions, she was eager to split her time between teaching online and onsite.
“It’s a great way to help prepare children for their future. I think most colleges now offer online school as a normal, everyday way to take classes,” White said.
The district peaked in online registrations largely due to security concerns related to COVID-19. Once vaccinations became available to the younger population, online registrations jumped from just over 850 to just under 700. It turned out that wasn’t a very big jump for the school district.
“Overall, we’re teaching the same content, we’re going to work on some things with a pace and things of that nature that can make that transition a little smoother,” said Luke Dillon, learning program director. line.
Dillon said he recognizes some parents’ concerns about online teaching. Namely, lesson retention and in-person interaction. But he said there was little to no difference between lessons taught in the classroom and those taught online.
“When it comes to credits, we don’t offer everything they offer on site, some schools offer some things a little differently, and not everything transfers over, so that’s another reason to do it in term. “Dillon said.
Dillon said students and their families continue to choose online learning because of the convenience, flexibility and comfortable learning atmosphere the district provides.
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