Frustrating start for Providence virtual learning academy

Sep 17, 2020 by

PROVIDENCE — The Providence school department Wednesday acknowledged that virtual learning academy did not open strongly, but said part of the problem was that some elementary school teachers didn’t contact parents on Monday.

“Clear patterns emerged that identified a handful of elementary teachers who had not met clear expectations for family outreach,” district spokesman Laura Hart said. “Nor did it appear that this group of teachers had alerted the district to communication issues during the school day.”

Members of the Providence Teachers Union have been highly critical of the online learning platform, offered by a private company called Edgenuity. First, the union complained that it was taking jobs away from teachers.

This week, union leaders complained that elementary teachers had class rosters of 52 students on average, which they said were too large to provide adequate contact with every student. The district disputes that claim.

A total of 6,200 students are enrolled at all grade levels in this online program.

Teachers this week also complained that parents couldn’t access the online site.

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