Don't Forget the Children
Recently I visited with Lori Burrack-Lyon, a public school teacher and member of the Waukee Community School District School Board. A lot of parents are wondering how to keep their kids learning in this time at home. Lori shared some of the considerations for the public schools as they try to offer resources to families.
Many teachers themselves have children at home right now and face other challenges to working from home--that impacts what we can expect from teachers. The public education system must provide Free and Appropriate Public Education for all children regardless of their needs or circumstances. This is one of the things that is so wonderful about our public schools, but the reality is, it is much more complicated to serve all people.
It is a significant challenge to quickly come up with distance learning tools for all populations. All efforts must consider English as a Second Language Learners, Children with Individual Education Plans for disabilities or other factors that impact their learning ability, and those who lack access to internet and computer equipment. While the Waukee School district is considered one of the wealthier districts in our metro area, 20% of the student population takes part in the free and reduced lunch program.
At this time it is possible for schools to offer opportunities for review or relationship, but no new content can be provided until a plan is in place so that all can take part. Public school districts are hard at work trying to access the tools and support their students' need to keep progressing in their education during this global pandemic. https://waukeeschools.org/board/board-members/