GRANTS PASS, Ore. – The Grants Pass School District is working on a new online learning platform for students and families who prefer distance learning.
Todd Bloomquist, director of school improvement, says some families aren’t comfortable sending their kids to school, but want new options for students learning from home.
Bloomquist says their goal with the new online platform is to make it cater to each student’s individualized needs.
“The pandemic has been really hard on everybody, and so recognizing that there are still things that we're learning,” Bloomquist said. “So, we're excited to take what we've learned and then maybe push us to that next generation. ‘What could this look like? What could a more individualized education look like?’ What might it be a combination of, you know, virtual and in-person learning, making sure we're attending to what the human condition is.”
School officials say the curriculum will be skills and standard-based, and students will be able to work at their own pace.
They’re also looking into more hands-on opportunities for students, including career technical education.
Individualized counseling will also be offered to students through the online program.
“So really that counseling piece, that personalization, the pacing for a student, we really want this to be as individualized as we can possibly make it,” Bloomquist said. “So, that really will depend on the student and the family, and then crafting that learning experience that's based on how that child prefers to learn.”
The school district is still determining when registration for the online school will begin.
In the meantime, the district wants your input on determining the overall format of the school and how it will cater to students and staff.
They’re also seeking input on a name for the school.
Officials say getting insight from families and staff will help them provide a better learning environment.
“It’s really important that we get feedback and insight from students,” Bloomquist said. “This is what learning would be better for me, and this is what it would look like – that's a great thing for us to know.”
The district will be hosting virtual town halls to hear ideas from families, teachers and staff.
An input survey will be available on the school district’s website on February 1st.