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CAM High School “Continuous Learning Opportunities” in the wake of the COVID-19 Virus


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By Dominic Giegerich, CAM High School Principal

Tuesday, the CAM High School staff met online for the third time via the increasingly popular platform “Zoom”. They talked about their experiences the past week delivering online content to their classes and connections they tried to establish with their advisory groups.

 

At this moment we are scheduled to bring teachers back April 13th and students back April 14th. If Governor Kim Reynolds shuts schools down completely, the state may give us the option to “re-open” going 100% online. Currently our goal is to gather information from the students and teachers over the next week to prepare for the possibility of 100% online or continue to offer voluntary learning opportunities.

 

We know Governor Reyolds and the Iowa Department of Education have forgiven these first four weeks off due to COVID-19. We also know there is a lot of uncertainty. If we do come back as scheduled, could things like prom and graduation could still go on as planned, or if there are restrictions on the number of people gathering, in some other way? We know all spring sports seasons were halted, and would they return in some form? What about summer activities?

 

If the data trends continue, and the state shuts schools down for the year, then the questions about online learning, earning credit if you’re an underclassman, how to move seniors from high school to post secondary and when the pandemic will end will persist. The bottom line is only time will tell and we must focus on the things we can control.

 

We can control preparing for being 100% online. As a district we can continue to offer continuing learning opportunities to our students and we can provide a drop and go food program to those who request this service. We can control practicing social distancing and limiting our chances for exposure and checking our temperature before going anywhere essential.

 

Regardless of what the state does, or what the district decides to do in the face of complete shutdown, our teachers are getting an invaluable lesson in virtual teaching. We have had the capabilities to teach online for just about 10 years now. It was not until “Zoom” burst onto the scene that we had a platform that provides easy and safe face to face interaction with a group of students.

 

Our district faces equity issues when it comes to connecting students and teachers virtually. We want to deliver quality learning opportunities, and not busy work and we know that whatever the coming weeks bring, the state and the CAM Community School District will be better equipped to move to an online environment in the future.

 

If you are a student reading this, please check your email each day, one way or another, and if you can’t call the school office and let us know. If you are a parent, encourage students to check email, try to learn new things whether they are delivered by the school or something like “Khan Academy” on YouTube. 

 

We have so many tools at our fingertips, use them for the learning YOU want to do like maybe how to play that piano in the corner of the living room, build something (under proper supervision) or how to make really awesome Tik Tok videos.  


Wait, you already know how to do that.  Stay safe and healthy.

 

Mr. G

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