Orange County schools starts remote learning amid coronavirus concerns

Orange County News

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — On Thursday, teachers, and students in Orange County Schools began remote learning as all schools in North Carolina have been ordered to close due to coronavirus concerns.

Students received supplementary practice/enrichment materials on their laptops on Friday, March 13.

On Thursday, Cedar Ridge Science Teacher Jamye Carr sat in her home and contacted her students through either email, Google Voice, or Zoom, an online video calling program.

“I clocked in at 7:30 a.m. this morning and since then I’ve been answering student emails and fielding phone calls,” Carr said.

Carr said she is using the online education tool Canvas to upload her students’ assignments.

Carr added that right now all of her students have internet.

“Thanks to the generous nature of all of the cable and Internet providers, we have been getting a lot of students that have internet that didn’t before,” Carr said.

Carr said the remote learning is off to a good start, but she does expect challenges.

“The biggest challenge is getting to those students who weren’t motivated in class and who have kind of checked out because they are not in class,” Carr said. “So I don’t have a way to use that proximity to motivate them.”

For students like Cedar Ridge Junior Gavin Lane, he has been able to stay motivated as he already joined in on a group video call with his teacher and classmates.

“Everybody is engaged, and everybody’s talking like we normally do in class,” Lane said.

Lane said he does miss the one-on-one student and teacher interaction in the classroom, but he understands the reason behind this change.

“The outbreak is a big issue, and they’re trying to work on containing it,” Lane said. “It’s definitely something you have to adapt to and try to get past it, but once you do it’s not really much different than school.”

Currently, Orange County students in grades fourth – twelfth grades have laptops that have been supplied through the district.

Orange County Schools will continue remote learning through at least April 6.

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