The Adams Central School District is working to transition to remote learning for students in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

Superintendent Shawn Scott said the district is following the recommendations set out by the South Heartland District Health Department and canceled classes until further notice.

In order to keep students engaged in learning through the end of the school year, Scott said teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels have been working to create packets of learning materials for students or provide education opportunities that can be accessed online.

“We’re going to do our best to change everything over to some kind of remote learning,” he said. “For every challenge, there’s an opportunity in front of us. We owe it our kids to do the best we can.”

Starting on Thursday, parents were able to start picking up learning materials teachers had prepared. Scott said the goal is to teach students as much of the curriculum as they can without being able to host students in a classroom setting.

The high school students already use a lot of online resources for classes, so the transition hasn’t been as jarring. Elementary teachers had to think of new ways to reach students outside of the classroom. For some, it’s a matter of preparing learning materials that can be taken home. Some classes are having tablet computers checked out to students.

Scott said the elementary teachers have embraced the idea wholeheartedly.

“To see all the creative things teachers have come up with is amazing,” he said. “I really appreciate the extra time teachers are putting in for our students.”

While learning is going to look different, Scott said it has been an opportunity for teachers to consider alternative teaching methods. It’s also a chance for parents to be more involved in their child’s education.

He acknowledged that seniors may end up missing out on sporting events and other activities that normally occur during the last of the year. Without knowing how long the pandemic will hinder public gatherings, he said activities such as prom, musicals and graduation are still up in the air.

But despite the hardships on students and families, Scott said there are chances to use the experiences for good.

“No matter what comes out of this, I think we need to stay positive,” he said. “It all comes down to perspective.”

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