Allentown School District to go fully virtual for fall semester

Written by on July 24, 2020

Allentown School District to go fully virtual for fall semester

By Genesis Ortega

July 24, 2020

Screenshot of the Allentown School District website.

It’s official: Allentown district schools will be completely virtual this fall. The news comes as the state’s experiencing a rise in coronavirus cases, raising questions about student and teacher safety in the classroom. WLVR’s Genesis Ortega reports. 

In a unanimous decision Thursday night, the school board voted to postpone in-person learning at least until November 11, 2020- the last day of the 1st quarter. 

Superintendent Thomas Parker laid out a comprehensive plan for online learning that he says will focus on high quality instruction, family engagement, flexibility, and health and safety. Parker says getting tech into the hands of students is the “cornerstone” to building the virtual campus. 

“We have enough devices to ensure that our children have devices that need them. If for some reason, we end up short in a school, we’ll be able to provide additional devices. We want every child and every parent to have full access to instruction,” said Parker. 

Parents and members of the community expressed a mix of concerns that included how students will handle wearing masks and social distancing if they return to schools.  

District officials also shared recent survey results from parents that revealed most do not feel comfortable sending their children back to school in the fall. The majority of teachers said they did feel safe returning to the classroom. 

Beginning July 27th, the Allentown School District will open its Virtual Campus registration process. Superintendent Parker is urging all families to enroll and indicate if they have a need for wifi or a device as soon as possible. 

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