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Tazewell County continues to craft at-home curriculum

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TAZEWELL COUNTY, Va. (WVVA) - Governor Ralph Northam's closure of all schools in the commonwealth came as a shock to many last Friday.

"It was quite chaotic," said Tazewell County district superintendent Chris Stacy said.

"Everybody's in uncharted territory right now," added school board member Erik Robinson.

"The shock was 'oh my, what do we do now, what do we do first,'" recalled school board vice chair Irene Mullins.

The Tazewell County School Board says the kids have always come first.

The district has continued to feed its students, thanks to the extra effort of staff and volunteers making deliveries. Now, the attention is on providing curriculum to students stuck at home.

"The thing that we're trying to have is the continuity of education," Stacy said. "We want to make sure that there's not that big of a gap between March 13th and the end of school."

Still, there are hurdles to clear.

Materials will have to be distributed to thousands of students county-wide. The district also released a survey on their website in an effort to gauge how many students have reliable internet access.

But even with the survey, there are plenty of uncertainties.

"Everything's going to be in paper, but they're also going to have the option to get everything online," Robinson said. "That's what we're trying to do … but, things could change tomorrow."

In addition, teachers are now working with the board to put together a streamlined curriculum for the remainder of the school year.

"The best they have the ability to do right now is to pull worksheets and things like that to get those SOL's [Standards of Learning] covered," Mullins admitted.

"I've got twins," Robinson added. "They might be in the same classes -- they don't have the same teachers -- one's behind in one class, one's ahead in another. So, we're trying to get more uniform to find out where everybody is."

The reality is -- no one has all the answers. But, the board is trying to work hard and stay positive.

"The thing I keep telling our staff, and we've been in conference calls with everyone across the state, we're not in this alone."

Stacy disclosed that he hopes to have curriculum packets sent out by next Friday, April 3. However, an exact date has not yet been set.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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