DeKalb Schools to use virtual learning to recoup lessons lost to inclement weather


DeKalb County School District officials announced Thursday they would use virtual learning days to make up two of four days lost to inclement weather in January.

The district has never used virtual learning days to make up days lost to snow for its 102,000 students, though it has had the technology in place about three years.

Students will make up two other days by attending school on Feb. 16, the first day of a planned February break, and March 9, which was a teacher planning day. District officials said in a statement Thursday that it asked stakeholders through a survey how they would suggest making up the missed lessons. Nearly two-thirds of about 21,000 who responded wanted virtual learning. 

Parents will receive assignments from their child’s teacher the week of February 20 and are encouraged to contact their respective schools during the two virtual learning periods.

The district, under the guidance of Chief Technology Officer Gary Brantley, has worked to get electronic devices and wireless hotspots in the hands of its students, especially those who would not otherwise have access outside the classroom.

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