Jefferson Parish goes digital, offering online classes amid coronavirus

Students will now have a choice to attend in person or virtual classes

Thomas Perumean
July 09, 2020 - 5:25 pm
Students will now have a choice to attend in person or virtual classes

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A project called Virtural Jefferson is giving students the option of attending school in person or learning from home through online daily instruction. 

According to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate, the instruction includes instruction, assignments on weekly basis, evaluations of performance and personal interaction with instructors. 

Students of a particular school will remain a student of that school and be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities as well. 

The online courses are offered from Kindergarten through the 8th Grade.

The courses include basics like Math, English, science, and social studies. 

High School students will be offered higher education coursework mandatory for graduation. 

The Virtual Jefferson program runs in nine week intervals with an option for year-round schooling. 

The classes will be taught in both large and small groups of students.  Some classes will allow students to learn at their own pace and some coursework deadlines will be flexible during the day. 

“While our priority is to maximize safe, in-person opportunities for our students to engage with their leaders, teachers, and support staff, we know some families may want an alternate learning option for their child next school year,” Interim Superintendent and Chief Operations Officer Lale L. Geer told the paper. “We wanted to give our families the choice to decide the best school instructional model for their student.” 

Applications to enroll students in Virtual Jefferson will be made available tomorrow July 10th. 

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