Dewey Schools Prepare In Case Transition To Distance Learning Is Needed

Students in Dewey are back in the classroom but district leaders said they're preparing if its schools need to transition to distance learning at some point.

Dewey’s superintendent said only 10 percent of the district’s students are going virtual this year. 

Superintendent Vince Vincent said the schools finished the process of getting chromebooks for each student and getting software in place for distance learning and training teachers in the process. 

“There has been, yes, a lot of learning and planning that had to take place. I just feel like, in some cases, we may have been a little more prepared for this kind of transition compared to what we would’ve been 5, 6, 7 years ago,” said Superintendent Vincent

He said the district would use a phased approach if a shutdown had to happen. 

In phase one, sixth through 12th graders would move to distance learning so elementary school children could move into middle and high school classrooms, which would allow more room for physical distancing on campus. 

In a second phase, all students would transition online.