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St. Landry parents prepare kids for virtual learning

Posted at 10:45 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 00:05:33-04

St. Landry Parish Schools will be only virtual in the fall, leaving parents to get ready for an unprecedented "back to school."

The unconventional academic year might bring challenges for teachers, parents, and students.

Some parents in the parish agree that having class virtually is the best option, but comes with potential challenges like equipment and internet access.

"Where I live because it's a rural area, internet is hard to come by," said parent Jamelia Dixon.

Parents like Jamelia Dixon in Palmetto are already working to make sure they'll be ready to go for the new reality of virtual learning.

"I think everything will be a struggle at first, I can't even lie. It's going to be a big change for the kids, for the parents, the teachers, and everybody," said Dixon.

Dixon's children will be in first, fourth, and eighth grade. Right now, the family uses a personal hotspot for internet access. Once school starts, they'll need to get more reliable setup.

"We talked with AT&T and they told us they offer a satellite dish, so I told my husband that we would start looking into it and getting it to see how it works. Internet is definitely an issue," said Dixon.

While it may be unconventional given the pandemic and increasing cases, Dixon thinks the board made the right call.

"Everybody just needs to come together and just try to find the best solution," said Dixon.

The school board is working to get 3,500 Chromebooks for students in the parish.

A survey is underway to determine what needs will need to be addressed when it comes to technology.

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