WRIGHT TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A third straight week began with empty classrooms at Crestwood School District, but just because students can’t take a seat there, doesn’t mean they have to stop learning.
The district just launched a review and enrichment online program. It allows students to use computers at home to continue their education. District officials were bracing for something like this because of the pandemic.
“I mean there’s no end in sight right now so we’re talking about how do we enhance this, how do we do right for all of our kids. We know there are students with language deficits. We know there are kids with special needs,” said Superintendent of Crestwood School District, Robert Mehalick.
Teachers like Bill Kane are now preparing daily lesson plans Monday through Friday. While admittedly the system isn’t perfect, it’s the next best thing.
“Basically, my classes are discussion-based and I feel like in the era of technology that’s more important than ever because kids don’t speak anymore. It’s all texting and incomplete thoughts,” said Kane.
Kane is among teachers who will use technology to provide virtual interactive lessons.
But not all Crestwood households have a working computer. Andrea Hazeltine has four children enrolled at Crestwood who are limited to books and information packets.
“Right now, they are just working on the assignments that they were given a little bit at a time. I have them working on them an hour a day,” said Hazeltine.
The district surveyed school families and knew that would be a problem. It’s working on connecting families in need with Chromebooks and Wi-Fi packs and resuming the education process.