Virtual education is a growing option for Webb City students

THIS WEEK MARKS NATIONAL ONLINE LEARNING DAY – IT’S SOMETHING THAT’S A GROWING TREND IN SCHOOLS LIKE WEBB CITY. ACTION 12’S GRETCHEN BOLANDER JOINS US IN THE STUDIO. GRETCHEN, WHAT’S CHANGING WITH VIRTUAL EDUCATION? ANDY, THERE ARE A LOT MORE OPTIONS FOR MISSOURI STUDENTS ONLINE IN 2019. IT MARKS THE LAUNCH OF A STATE LAW BROADENING ACCESS TO VIRTUAL K-12 EDUCATION. TONY ROSSETTI, WC Supt: “I don’t ever want to see a teacher replaced by the online version.” Gretchen Bolander: But Webb City Superintendent Dr. Tony Rossetti also sees opportunity.TONY ROSSETTI, WC Supt: “With technology there are some really great things and with technology there are some things we need to move through on a slower pace.” More Webb City students are signing up for courses online, part of a growth trend connected to the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program established earlier this year.TONY ROSSETTI, WC Supt: ” Offered the ability to either take part time classes online or full time online.” At no cost to the student. That means they can now take classes online that aren’t currently offered on campus. TONY ROSSETTI, WC Supt: “Mandarin chinese – we don’t have a mandarin chinese teacher but we can take that online.” Others are signing up for one or two virtual classes to reduce time spent on campus. And it’s not limited to high schoolTONY ROSSETTI, WC Supt: “We’re developing strategies and courses for elementary, middle school and high school.” Rossetti adds virtual classes come with a unique set of pros and cons – something they’re still figuring out.TONY ROSSETTI, WC Supt: “It’s testing the limits of what we currently think school is getting more fluid.” THERE ARE STILL RULES TO FOLLOW – BOTH FOR STUDENTS AND SCHOOLS DISTRICTS. ANDY, WE’LL POST A LINK TO THE STATE PROGRAM AT FOURSTATESHOMEPAGE.COM. THANKS, GRETCHEN. A SOUTHWEST MISSOURI

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