UT Elementary was one of the first schools in the Austin area to announce a transition to online learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While it was not an easy decision, our school district has the benefit of experience due to UT Charter School sites throughout the state. Many of the high school students consistently experience online learning with teacher support to ensure students are gaining the knowledge they need to complete courses. UT Elementary teachers are currently in planning mode to roll out their new classes when school starts on April 6.
Additionally, superintendent Melissa Chavez and principal Nicole Whetstone have made certain the UT Elementary students have access to the technology they need at home to attend class daily. About half of UT Elementary students have school-issued laptops and the other half are using their home computers.
Dr. Chavez reflected on the process of getting the charter school system classes on line. She said, “We have never experienced anything like this. But I can say, I am proud of my team and the mountain they have moved in such a short period of time. We have been asked to be apart due to COVID-19, but we have come together in so many ways for our school community and each other.”
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