Distance Learning will Look More Like a Regular School Day in Detroit Lakes this Fall
JT Thaden | Aug 12, 2020 AT 9:50 am
DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) - As school districts and families plan for the upcoming school year, the state of Minnesota is requiring school districts to give families the option to choose distance learning for their student no matter which learning model their school is implementing.
Mark Jenson, Detroit Lakes Schools Superintendent says that distance learning this year will look a lot different than it did last spring, "It has to be much more synchronous, more face-to-face, more scheduled and kind of like an actual class – so it's going to be much more rigorous."
The choice to send or not to send children to school has become an incredibly stressful decision for parents. The CDC recently launched a school-decision making tool for parents which asks parents to consider the full spectrum of risks arguing that "no other setting has more influence on a child's health and well-being than the school."
Recent research from the University of Michigan suggested that most parents feel their child will get a better education by returning to class, but the continued uncertainty over the virus is making it a hard decision.
Jenson says the decision is difficult for everybody, including teachers, but the end goal is for kids to be back in school so they can acknowledge the achievement gap that has occurred due to COVID-19.