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St. Mary's finishes day five of online learning

The school is using the online platform called Zoom to keep kids learning despite the coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 5:06 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2020 6:22 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Today is day five of online learning at St. Mary's School in Medford. The school started using the online platform called Zoom on Monday, March 16th.

"We were ready to roll out on day one. We just rolled right into it on Monday," said Jim Meyer, principle of St. Mary's. 

School may be canceled, but students are still expected to show up to their classes — online, for the time being.


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"Students have been great, they've been engaged and they've been participating actively," said Vincent Comerchero. He teaches history and social studies.

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"I just make sure everyone responds to the questions. I can ask question in a text field and I can say, 'okay everybody I want you to give me three sentences in response,'" said Comerchero.

"We've asked our students that and we've ask our parents that. It's different for sure, but with that said . . . I think yeah, you can still convey the knowledge and information they need in order to learn," said Meyer. 

Meyer does believe students are still learning what they need to online.


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"I couldn't be happier to be honest with you. I mean in a time of crisis and a situation like this there is a lot of variables . . . we have been very, very fortunate." said Meyer.

"It's actually been a very good tool. I think it's enhanced my teaching in a number of ways," said Comerchero.

Meyer says the other big thing during all of this is making sure the students are okay.

"Whatever we can do to make it calmer, better, easier — have them take their mind off of all of this. That's what we are going to do," said Meyer.

Some public schools, including the Medford School District, are looking for ways to deliver similar distance learning to students until the long wait is over.

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