DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — COVID-19 has made it a rocky year on teachers and students, many of which were forced to turn to virtual learning.
But now that the country is starting to reopen, will virtual learning be here to stay?
According to Dothan City School officials, yes. That’s why DCS teachers, parents, and students will soon have a new school to choose from.
Director of Curriculum, Maria Johnson told WDHN the amount of positive feedback she got from students was all she needed to convince her that virtual learning wouldn’t be leaving anytime soon.
“As it turned out, we had well over 500 students respond that they would want to be in a virtual setting,” Johnson said. “So next year it would be Dothan City Virtual School.”
According to Johnson, the new school will have the same staffing just like any other school but there will be some obvious changes.
“Because it is secondary, we will have the teachers working with the students everyday so there will be a blended model face to face virtually so the teacher will be on camera,” said Johnson.
But DCS will face some challenges when it comes to virtual learning: ensuring students have access to the internet and the devices needed to do their schoolwork. However, these challenges are nothing new.
“We had about a 95% test rate they did have to come to the building to test so we’re feeling pretty good about where we are and recouping some of that lost instruction,” Johnson said.
Johnson credits DCS’ virtual learning success to faculty and staff as well as students and their parents.
“It’s been a grueling year for teachers and building level principals it is remarkable the job that they have done under the circumstance,” Johnson said.
WDHN will continue following this story ass more information is released about Dothan City Virtual School.