WPCSD begins distance learning

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Staff Reports
Staff Writer

The West Point Consolidated School District will begin the 2020-2021 school year Monday, August 31, with virtual/distance learning for all students.
Administrators, teachers and staff have been extremely busy preparing for the start of school. Superintendent Burnell McDonald is asking parents to be patient and understanding with teachers who have worked tirelessly to meet the challenge of preparing lessons to deliver via media/online platforms such as CANVAS and ZOOM.
A video and other resources have been posted on the school district’s web page (www.westpoint.k12.ms.us) that explains how to log into student devices and how to log into
CANVAS, which is the learning management system that teachers will use to post assignments and students will use to upload assignments.

We realize that this is not going to work perfectly, and we expect there to be some glitches. We have to depend on the availability of good consistent internet connectivity which is never a guarantee. Please be assured that the district administration, school administrators and teachers will work with students and parents to solve issues that occur.
Our plans were for every student and teacher to have some form of tablet or Chromebook by the start of school but unfortunately, we are not able to do this. The federal monies that are part of the CARES ACT have not been released for schools to spend; therefore, we are short on the number of devices we need as we had to give students devices that we already have on hand from previous years.

As soon as we are given the go ahead from the Mississippi Department of Education, we still plan to purchase new devices for our students and teachers.
With that being said, the elementary principals have been communicating with parents about their plans to allow students to complete learning packets to start the year.
South Side has issued devices to students who need them. For those South Side students who do not have internet access, materials are being provided for students to complete their assignments at home.
Fifth Street and West Point High School have enough devices for all students to begin total virtual learning through CANVAS and ZOOM. For those students at Fifth Street and the High School who do not have internet access, USB jump drives will be provided with recorded
lessons/activities.
Students must be registered for school in order to receive a device or learning packet.

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