The Lakewood School District is making preparations for a major coronavirus outbreak at the national level. Besides for the proactive measures being taken within the schools themselves, officials are preparing for a scenario in which schools would be forced to shut for a period of time.
Among the preparations being made is the use of cutting edge technology – learning via computer interactive software – in the event that students become confined to their homes, to ensure that their education continues uninterrupted.
School district officials say that if the virus does indeed force school closures, Google Classroom and Google Meet – which allow teachers and students to meet in a virtual classroom setting, and in which up to 30 students can participate – will be put to use. Using Google Meet, teachers can provide lessons to students from a classroom or remotely, and students would be able to participate as if they were in a physical classroom, including asking questions and engaging in class discussions.
District officials tell TLS that it is their fervent hope that public schools are not forced to close due to the spreading coronavirus, but that if students do end up having to remain at home, the district will do all it can to continue providing them with a high-quality education.