East Baton Rouge parents prepare for virtual learning from home

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– East Baton Rouge Parish Schools will postpone face to face learning until after Labor Day for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

“This time last year I was worried about buying shoes and if uniforms would fit properly,” Parent Ashley Beck said. “This year I’m worried about computers and whether my internet is good enough to support a group of having four or five fifth graders at my house to do online virtual learning.”

Instead of school supply lists, parents are scrambling to get ready for virtual learning.

“We don’t know exactly what they are going to need right now,” Parent Dalana Burke said.

“All that I can do is make sure all of the computers that we have are equipped for them to be able to have the virtual one on ones or whatever they are going to do with the classroom so that’s all I can do right now,” Burke said.

Many are struggling with creating a space at home where their students can focus.

“I am trying to make some dedicated areas in my house for them to be able to sit and do school work that wont allow for too many distractions,” Beck said.

Principal Cesar Rico of Twin Oaks Elementary said the key to virtual learning is consistency.

“Students are going to thrive with routine and procedures for sure,” Rico said.

The school district and individual schools are working to put out a mock schedule recommended for students to follow at home.

“We are working hard right now the district is working hard to make sure we are supporting parents with a schedule like that,” Rico said.

Principal Rico said the best thing parents can do right now is prepare, be flexible and take a deep breathe.

East Baton Rouge Parish Schools will be giving students chrome books and hot spots as needed. Pre-K through 2nd graders will receive tablets.

For more information about the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools reopening plan: https://ebrschools.org/covid-19-2020-2021-reopening/

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