KEYSER - With Mineral County Schools closed now for two weeks and Gov. Jim Justice saying they'll continue to be closed at least until April 20, many students, teachers, and parents are working hard to keep children caught up with their schoolwork.
By Barbara High
Tribune Staff Writer
KEYSER - With Mineral County Schools closed now for two weeks and Gov. Jim Justice saying they’ll continue to be closed at least until April 20, many students, teachers, and parents are working hard to keep children caught up with their schoolwork.
Many schools are offering lessons and instructions online, enabling some students to continue their education that way. With internet being a problem for many families in West Virginia, however, some schools have handed out paper packets for the students to complete.
Teaching from home has left many students and parents frustrated, and schools have offered several resources to help support them. More and more parents have voiced their frustrations on social media, with common core math seeming to be the most talked about issue.
According to one parent who wished to remain anonymous, she didn’t like school when she attended and she now finds her son’s work to be even harder. She said she was struggling with her patience as well.
For parent Cait Cameron, things have run a bit more smoothly. Her son Maddox has been doing all kinds of learning activities at home. Cait says, however, that working full-time in healthcare and trying to make sure Maddox doesn’t fall behind has been a task. She says having a family member who is a special education teacher who gave them extra material has helped.
Maddox did tell his mother that they are way better at doing this in school. Cait said at this point he is missing his friends, so she tries to help him keep in touch with them by FaceTiming.
Holly Bromhal, who has older kids, said she expects them to keep up withy their work online. They are to check the website for assignments, and she checks in on them to make sure they are following through.
She said they are getting an education in other ways as well.
“My daughter learned there is a difference between baking soda and baking powder in recipes you make from scratch,” she said.
Holly, who confesses she doesn’t do the whole common core math, says her kids have enjoyed being out and walking their dogs and playing catch in the alley.
For many parents, having multiple kids in school has proven to be a large undertaking at home. Jessica McGinnis has three children who attend Mineral County Schools, and for her the key has been to work with one child at a time.
Jessica says she chose the paper packets handed out by Burlington Primary School. They do Epic Reading and Reflex math online as well. They also do their own activities for things like science. They recently did an activity involving the measuring, mixing, and making of different Jellos. Gym is handled by plenty of outdoor times.
Many schools are handling continuum education differently. Check your local school’s website along with the Mineral County Board of Education’s website for more information.