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  • Cydney Thompson, Northeast Arkansas News

Greene County and Paragould School Districts on track for First Day of School

Schools will return to school and that means adjustments for students and teachers.

Greene County Tech and Paragould School Districts are offering both blended learning and virtual learning options as they prepare to start the new year.

“It’s going to be a challenge for all school districts to deliver instruction this year, just because of the situation we’re in,” Greene County Tech Superintendent, Gene Weeks said.

The blended option is face to face, but with some work online -- and virtual is completely online learning.

Greene county tech is hosting some virtual open houses -- and for the younger grades, some will happen as a drive by.

Paragould school district is a 1 to 1 school district, where every student has access to a chromebook with the needed technology.

“We were actually prepared for something like this. We’re very excited about the opportunity to show we can be successful whether we’re learning virtually or on site,” Paragould Schools District Assistant Superintendent, Nick Jankoviak said.

Paragould school district has ordered p-p-e for the district and have been ensured that it will be available before school starts.

They will also provide two masks for their students.

“The technology we have the infrastructure in place to be able to handle the virtual learning as well as the blended learning. So, as far as the student preparation and the technology piece we are ready to go,” Paragould School District Superintendent, Debbie Smith said.

Superintendent weeks says, he thinks this will be rough at the beginning but everyone will become better adjusted after the first nine weeks of things.

“This is new to everybody. So, some things that were try are going to work great and some of them we are going to say “whoa, that didn’t work out so good.” So, we’re shooting those virtually videos right now for those open houses and we’re planning those drive by open houses so hopefully these ease the parents and students,” Weeks said.

To find more information for your specific school within the districts, you can visit their district's website.


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