Virtual learning ‘not an option’ for Lincoln County schools – Daily Leader


“Virtual is not an option” for students in the Lincoln County School District for the 2021-2022 school year, according to a district announcement made Friday.

The LCSD office announced in a statement that pursuing virtual learning throughout the coming school year was not a viable option due to insufficient availability of technology.

“To have a virtual student, the student would have to have excellent internet ability and excellent service to broadcast lessons live from 8:00 am to 3:20 pm five days a week – continuous and high quality (no delay, loss of service, etc.) at the expense of the student / family, ”the statement read. “Due to the availability of the Internet for the majority of our students, this means that virtual is not an option. “

“We hope that if we are to move to a non-traditional schedule, the MDE will change the policy to allow districts to provide services and resources as available to us,” Superintendent Dr David Martin said in the statement. .

Since students will be in classrooms five days a week for in-person instruction, MDE and local school districts are taking steps to keep these students healthy.

Masks will not be mandatory, but can be worn if desired. Improved cleaning will continue and rapid tests will be available for exposed students – with parental consent.

“The rapid test we currently have would be a shallow nasal swab, then the swab is placed in a container with reactive drops, and the results appear within minutes,” Martin said.

The letter was posted on the four schools‘ websites on Friday morning and includes additional important information for parents and guardians of students, such as updates on campus construction projects and a school year calendar. .

Students will return to campus on August 5 for the first day of school.


Norma A. Roth