Easton Area School District families need to decided back-to-school plan by Wednesday

Written by on August 11, 2020

 Easton Area School District families need to decided back-to-school plan by Wednesday

By Tyler Pratt

August 11, 2020

Parents in the Easton Area School District have until Wednesday afternoon to decide how their child goes back to school. The choices involve either in-person classes, or choosing one of two different online learning options. WLVR’s Tyler Pratt has more. 

Families could opt to enroll in the Easton Cyber Academy. It’s an online school run by the district – but taught by a third party, not district teachers. It has a state-approved curriculum, but different than what’s in Easton schools. Josh Ziatyk is an assistant district superintendent. 

“It’s more module based at times, where a student may need to complete a lesson and work independently throughout that module and not necessarily have that interaction with that teacher at all times,” said Ziatyk.

Cyber academies like this are offered across the country, with flexible schedules and as an option for extended periods of remote learning. But some parents in Easton want to get their kids back to in-person learning soon, and are looking for firmer schedules and more engagement with local teachers. So the district is also creating its own virtual classes. 

“Students would be required to log on to Zoom or a mini lesson throughout the day as well as create independent assignments.”

Ziatyk says Easton Area families need to state their preference ASAP. Students without a preference will be expected to return to classes in-person at the end of the month. 

The deadline for Easton area virtual and cyber school submissions is 3 p.m. Wednesday.

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