Carmel Clay Schools will lighten the e-learning load for its teachers, students and parents beginning next week.
In a video posted March 27, CCS Supt. Michael Beresford said beginning March 30 all students will have Fridays off from scheduled instruction, and teachers will use that day to prepare for future lessons.
He said during the first two weeks of e-learning CCS discovered that preparing a virtual lesson takes much longer than preparing for the classroom and that spending every day on a computer can cause learning fatigue in students. He also said he has heard from parents struggling to manage working from home and e-learning at the same time.
“These are pretty long days when you’re trying to do things virtually versus the classroom,” he said.
Elementary students will be required to complete virtual assignments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and will use Mondays to select an activity from a prepared list that won’t require them to sit in front of a computer for long periods of time.
“The idea is to get the elementary kids unhooked from the devices a bit more during that time,” Beresford said.
Schools in Indiana are closed through at least May 1 by order of Gov. Eric Holcomb in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The state is allowing schools to waive 20 days of instruction this year, which gives CCS some flexibility in how it handles the remainder of the school year.
Beresford ended the message by urging students to “be smart and stay apart” and offered a word of encouragement to the community.
“We’re going to get through this. We’re going to find our fit. We need to take it one day at a time,” he said. “I want to encourage you to be strong and courageous. This is a difficult time, and we’re all in a situation we don’t want to be in, but we need to beat down this virus.”