Iredell-Statesville Schools Release Details On May 1st “Virtual Student Day”

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Iredell-Statesville Schools has released more information on the upcoming virtual student day, scheduled for May 1st.

Virtual Student Day

Exactly what does that mean?

Essentially, as technology becomes more abundant in the school and in the workplace, opportunities to learn from home increase also. On May 1st, I-SS teachers and staff ask that students complete school assignments from home.

Wondering what to do if you don’t have access at home to a computer or the internet?

Simply inform your child’s teacher(s) and they will make sure that he or she has printed copies of assignments.

How will my child be counted present?

If the student completes the work and turns it in by May 6th, the student will receive credit for attending school. If a student does not complete the virtual assignments by May 6th, the student will be counted absent for May 1st.

Questions about the assignments?

Please keep in mind that this is our first attempt at a virtual student day. It is our desire to communicate thoroughly with students and parents as to the expectations of the day. Therefore, specific information about student assignments will come directly from your school. Questions regarding specific assignments for your child should be directed to your child’s teacher(s).

Original Story (April 18, 2019):

IREDELL COUNTY, NC — The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education voted four to three against keeping May 1st as a regular school day. The vote was made during an emergency meeting to address the expected absences during the teacher rally in Raleigh on May 1st.

The board agreed to make the day a “virtual student day” as a result of the vote. Teachers will have an optional teacher workday and students will be required to complete assigned work from home.

Officials say students will have three days to complete the work in order to be counted present for May 1st.

Iredell-Statesville Schools Superintendent Brady Johnson issued the following statement regarding the decision:

“Due to the number of unfilled substitute positions for May 1, as well as a deficit of approximately 70 bus drivers for May 1, I have advised the board that holding school on May 1 may be unsafe. As a result, May 1 will be a virtual workday for students, allowing them to complete academic assignments from home.

Since this is the first time that we will implement a virtual day, we will look for feedback from our students, families and teachers. We are hopeful that virtual days will also be a good option when we have inclement weather in the winter months.”

Officials say parents will soon receive additional information on the virtual student day.