Modify ELPS Virtual Viking Model

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DAWN MARUSOV
1 year ago
My daughter and I live with my parents. My father is highly immunocompromised after undergoing a heart transplant. .both are in the high risk category. We have no choice but to participate in Virtual Viking. This option excludes our children, through no fault of their own, from necessary social interaction with peers.

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Hayden Yuan
1 year ago
As a graduate of East Lyme High School student this past June, I strongly urge all teachers to hold classes on Zoom to interact with their students for those who feel uncomfortable coming to the buildings in person. Virtual Vikings does not equal teachers of ELHS. I believe it’s very crucial for students to connect with their teachers and vice versa to develop a strong relationship among them. As an upcoming UConn student, all my courses are held on WebEx (Platform similar to Zoom) taught by professors in distance learning style. Students can also use that platform connect w/ their professors during their office hours. I feel that the East Lyme administrators tried their best to come up with the plan for reopening the schools in this district. It would be wonderful if Virtual Vikings = Classes on Zoom taught by teachers. Especially for the upcoming Juniors who need to get to know their teachers and develop a deep relations with them so that their teachers can get a sense of who the students are when they write college recommendation letters. I am writing this because I really care for my teachers and former underclassmen experiences. ELHS has been part of my family in the past four years. Please allow teachers to hold classes and their office hours on Zoom for the students who are afraid of coming to school so that they can truly get to know each other!

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Sophath Simonds
1 year ago
I don't want my children to fall behind or learn a different curriculum from the on-site students. If they return, they will play catch up and try to learn what the rest of the school is learning. That is a disadvantage! The hybrid plan includes 3 days of vitual already so why can't 2 more days be added so the VV student are on the same page?

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danielle etes
1 year ago
This solution is not equitable to students that may have health concerns themselves or at risk family.

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Jasmine Perkins
1 year ago
Jasmine Perkins
Virtual Viking is not an acceptable option chosen to help ELPS students achieve a holistic education during this pandemic.

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Sana Gupta
1 year ago
As a graduate of the class of 2020, I know how helpful it was to have my teachers, who I knew and respected, available to help me prepare for AP exams. ELHS students who are worried about their safety should not have to feel compelled to choose between their health and their education.

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Meagan S
1 year ago
East Lyme should stay East Lyme. Our kids have been isolated enough.

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Anna Hadley
1 year ago
Lots of families have moved to East Lyme because of how excellent the educational system is here by comparison to neighboring towns. Students who attend East Lyme schools should be guaranteed equal educational opportunities regardless of the learning method. Students should not suffer if parents choose to distance learn instead of utilizing the hybrid model given. Quite frankly the remote learning model should be made available for the entire school year utilizing our amazing teachers. Lastly, this should not be seen as a temporary measure during a pandemic. Support teachers, parents and students!

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Sarah J. MacLean
1 year ago
My major concerns:

-Peer and user reviews of the platform are sub-par and no explanation was provided as to why this platform was chosen. There were no details provided about the curriculum, styles of teaching, daily schedule, assessment methods, etc.

- Students who choose this option will be following a completely different curriculum which makes re-entry later in the year a very hard transition in an already difficult time. 

-This platform appears to engage students in a completely isolated format - no peer interactive learning of any kind. The school district has also made it clear that virtual students cannot participate in any way with learning or activities going on in their classrooms and they will not monitor social/emotional well being of any virtual students. 

This has sent a very clear message that students who choose virtual learning will not be treated as East Lyme students anymore. They've just been outsourced to someone else and the answer to all of our requests for better was 'The Governor wants kids back in school' and an implication that if our kids want a quality education they can only get that by returning to the suggested hybrid model.

Keeping our kids home virtually is a hard decision made by people in already difficult situations - often dealing with severe medical issues, etc. It's unacceptable that a group of so many seasoned, intelligent professionals at the district level can't figure out a way to include those learners more fully in the re-opening plan. 

I understand that these are unprecedented times, but there has to be a better way.

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Linda Fustini
1 year ago
Linda Fustini