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Charlotte County district introduces new learning model

Posted at 6:19 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 18:19:48-04

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. — Week three is in the books for Charlotte County Public Schools, and now they’re introducing a new learning model for students. It’s called innovative e-learning, and it starts in two weeks.

It’s virtual, but students will be enrolled in their neighborhood school. This could take some pressure off Charlotte Virtual School (CVS). They saw as many as 3,200 enrolled over the summer. That’s a huge jump from 110 enrolled students last year.

The district calls it a good thing, but some parents don’t see it that way.

Some took to Facebook Friday morning reacting to the new model.

One saying she’s confused. Another mom was upset this came a day after she transferred her children to brick and mortar because virtual learning wasn’t working out for them.

But district spokesperson Michael Riley says innovative e-learning is to better tend to their needs. He read off some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the model posted on their website.

“If they receive 504 accommodations, they’ll receive those in the learning mode,” he said. “They will graduate if they’re seniors from their brick and mortar school.”

He also says this will allow for manageable sized classes and more interactions with teachers. He suggests before making the switch, seek advice.

“I think they need to make a contact either with the child’s counselor or teacher on the virtual, and to see how they’re progressing, and get that opinion,” he said.

Students enrolled in Charlotte Virtual School can sign up for the innovative option now through next Wednesday. Brick and mortar students can enroll starting October 12th. Parents must complete a short survey on their child’s ClassLink account. Classes start October 5th.