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Raleigh County Schools detail the program that will help students and parents navigate the pandemic

BECKLEY, W.Va. (WVVA) Due to the COVID-19 crisis, students in Raleigh County will only be returning to their classrooms for two days a week for the first month of school. For parents worried about taking on the new role of 'teacher,' county school leaders say there is help through a program called 'Schoology.'

"The work we've done this Summer has been extreme and we've put the parents in mind to try and make it easier for them," said Technology Dir. Rachel Pauley.

For the most part, Pauley said parents will not be required to teach new concepts. While the in-class experience will be geared toward new material, the at-home work will be about putting those principles into practice. And that's where Schoology comes in.

Every single student in the county will be given an I-Pad to use the program. After the lesson is taught in the classroom, Pauley said students will be able to download the work and take it home even if the student does not have internet access.

"We also purchased an app called Notability, where you can go in and take a screenshot of the work."

Even if Gov. Jim Justice calls for all schools to completely shutdown, Raleigh County will be ready.

"We've even purchased USB drives so if we do go to complete remote learning, they can mail those USB drives back to school."

There will also be a hotline to help parents. "We have to make sure we are prepared with the material so the students without internet access have the same opportunities as they ones that do."

Raleigh County Schools will be rolling out another computer program from kids in grades 2nd and below next week.

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