Anderson 5 to launch virtual school day pilot program


ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) –  This school year Anderson District Five students will be part of a brand new program that will keep them learning even when weather keeps them from the classroom.

It’s a pilot program for South Carolina that you will only see at Anderson Five.  Superintendent Tom Wilson tells 7News it’s a program five years in the making and just recently were they picked by the Oversight Committee to be a participant.

The way it works is that instead of school being closed for snow or inclement weather, the students and staff will instead of an E-Learning day. Since all students have chromebooks supplied by the school, they will be able to take them home for Grades 3rd to 12th to complete assignments online with the ability to communicate with the teachers.

“They don’t struggle, you are there seeing what they are doing they can ask questions its really a wonderful opportunity to work together as a student and teacher and provide assistance without being in the same room at the same time,” said Anna Baldwin who will oversee the new program at the district.

The idea is that students won’t face challenges of being behind, have to make up the weather days on scheduled days off and it ultimately it saves money. Wilson said statistically attendance is poor statewide for makeup days, but the district must still be open and run all the bus routes regardless if one student or two hundred show.

For the students in kindergarten through 2nd grade who won’t have the chromebooks at home will work with devices they already have available to them or they can have five additional days to make up the assignments.

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