BOE approves education plan for at-home study

Published 5:46 pm Tuesday, March 31, 2020

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

The Chilton County Board of Education has approved a plan to provide at-home educational options to students for the rest of the school year.

The plan allows for an online option, if both the teacher and student have access to the needed resources, and a paper packet option.

The school system will use a series of all calls and its Facebook page to keep parents informed on just how aspects of the plan will be implemented.

Superintendent Jason Griffin stressed that the goal was to have all teachers working from home by April 15. Teachers will still be available to students 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as usual, just in a different way.

“We have basically rewritten education as we know it about the span of 48 hours,” Griffin said.

Board President Angie Sanderson stressed that the safety of employees was a major concern as was continuing to provide education.

Work completed, whether through the online or packet format, will be graded as satisfactory and be given a 100 or incomplete and will not count at all.

“It can only help their grade,” Griffin said.

Board member Lori Patterson said efforts are also being made to make wifi available for teachers and students in school parking lots. School system employee Nic Cardwell said he was looking into it.

Board members expressed concern about students entering the building to retrieve belongings and about keeping educators accountable during this season. Items left in the buildings can be picked up by appointment only. Contact your school’s administrator for details.

Griffin said the pickup food options will remain available. Food will be available Monday and Wednesday with amounts large enough to cover the other weekdays that food is not being served.

More information will be available in the April 2 edition of The Clanton Advertiser.