PSS may switch to remote learning in new school year

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THE Public School System may switch to remote learning when schools reopen in September.

Education Commissioner Dr. Alfred Ada said PSS has drawn up several plans to address the Covid-19 crisis, and one of them involves conducting online classes.

He said two weeks ago, they were confident PSS could reopen schools on Aug. 31 and provide face-to-face instructions with some remote learning.

“But then, when a new positive case was announced, we also had to rethink plan C,” Ada said, adding that under plan C, schools will reopen in December.

As of May 25, the CNMI had seven active cases of Covid-19.

In preparing for remote learning instruction, Ada said the PSS will train teachers to conduct online classes.

PSS is also conducting a survey to identify the families who do not have internet connection at home, Ada said.

PSS will meet IT&E and Docomo Pacific this week to discuss vouchers for families that need internet connection,” he added.

“It will be launched in September when we reopen. We want to cover everything before we actually do the 100 percent remote learning,” Ada said.

He noted that all of PSS efforts are moving toward remote learning.

Recently, PSS launched Wi-Fi on Wheels or WOW that provided community members free access to the internet.

Ada said PSS is also looking into its staffing pattern to determine the number of teachers needed if the school system opts for remote learning.

“It also depends on the number of enrollment. Come August and we see a surge of enrollment, then we will have to hire teachers,” he added.

When classes are conducted online, Ada said social-emotional learning will be at the forefront of K to 12 lessons.

“It is character education to address the trauma among the students,” he added. “Some students realize and understand what the world and our country [are] facing. They may have questions and we are ready to answer them,” Ada said.









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