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WIC reports roll-out went well

IRON RIVER — The West Iron County School Board held its monthly meeting via Zoom on April 20 and reported that its online and distance learning roll-out went well.
    With the suspension of the 2019-20 school year, school districts have grappled with ways to continue educating their students but without face-to-face and classroom interaction. Technology has played a big part in the effort to deliver educational services to students in the WIC district, while those who don’t have internet services have had packets of materials delivered to their homes.    
    The following report is based on minutes sent by WIC.
    Superintendent Chris Thomson said he was apprehensive leading up to the roll-out of online learning, calling it “difficult and stressful.” However, he said the district received positive feedback afterward.
    Thomson thanked principals Mike Berutti and Michelle Thomson for being ready to go with the program.
    “We need to maintain the positive and keep the kids engaged to finish strong,” Chris Thomson said.
    He added that during a Zoom meeting with other superintendents from other districts, West Iron’s transition to online and distance education was complimented.
    Both Berutti and Michelle Thomson praised their teaching staffs for their work in the transition, both saying their staffs have “gone above and beyond” to help the students.
    “The staff has come together and figured everything out and has done a great job,” Berutti reported.
    Berutti added that lockers will be emptied as soon as the executive order to close the school buildings is lifted.
    Michelle Thomson said her teachers helped parents set up with the technology by a phone conversation and that her staff was pushing out three days of homework per week. One day per week, the staff meets at grade level to prepare for the week, meetings which Thomson said she observes.

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