Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Back to school – at home; Racine Unified kicks off school year with remote learning

From The Journal

Eric Johnson

RACINE — The nearly 18,000 students enrolled in the Racine Unified School District started off the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, but unlike every other first day, heading to school saw students cracking open their Chromebooks at home.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which dramatically altered the end of the 2019-20 school year, has also left an indelible mark on the start of the 2020-21 school year at RUSD, where students are beginning the school year with a structured remote learning model.
RUSD Superintendent Eric Gallien said the district is planning to follow the structured remote learning model through the first quarter, with a re-evaluation planned for mid-October to determine “what our next steps will be,” noting Unified “is prepared to go beyond the first quarter” with structured remote learning if needed.
Gallien said the structured remote learning model put in place at RUSD was the work of a “large contingency of district staff that worked together to develop a robust plan” for learning over the summer.

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