ROSEBURG, Ore.--The first week of hybrid learning wrapped up Friday at the high and middle schools in Roseburg Public Schools.
Superintendent Jared Cordon said the first week was a learning experience for everyone, as they navigated through Covid protocols, schedule changes and new technology.
“The whole goal has been to improve and accelerate learning opportunities for our kids,” he said. “I think that’s happened this week.”
Students were split into two groups. Cordon said each group switches between in-person and distance learning each day.
As required by the state, he said, they are only able to have half of the students in each building at a time.
However, he said at least 25 percent of students chose to continue with distance learning full time. He said they wanted to make sure none of those students were left out of everyday class time.
As a solution, he said the district bought specialized screens and web cams for every middle and high school classroom in the district, which was paid for by COVID-19 funds they received from the state.
Cordon said this equipment is helping teachers teach virtually, while they’re teaching in the classroom.
“We didn’t want a disruption where all staff are teaching different kids or a 52 card pick up where we reschedule everyone,” said Cordon.
Roseburg High School teacher Mike Pardon said hybrid learning has been a challenge, especially teaching in-person and virtually simultaneously.
However, he said he is grateful to the district for investing in tools to make things easier for them.
“We teach our students to have a growth mindset,” he said. “And we as teachers have definitely have had to have a growth mindset.”
However, he said there’s still a lot of kinks that need to be worked out.
“That’s what I talked to my kids about,” said Pardon. “Hey we’re going to have some hiccups, we’re going to work on it together and we’re going to get better.”