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HCCSC implements first e-learning day

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@h-ponline.com

Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) experienced its first e-learning day on Tuesday, with students encountering only minor hiccups while everyone from teachers to cafeteria staff went about a day of training and collaboration.

For half of the day, teachers went through training with supervisors and were able to collaborate with teachers of the same grade levels across the district. For the other half of the day, they were able to have office hours in their classrooms.

The classified staff, including clinic assistants, paraprofessionals, cafeteria staff and bus drivers, went through training for trauma informed care provided by the Bowen Center. Bus drivers were also trained on safety by the local police and sheriff’s department.

Meanwhile, students of all grade levels were navigating through the corporation’s learning management system, Canvas, working on various assignments.

Assistant Superintendent, Chad Daugherty, said some students communicated with teachers through email if they had any questions about the lessons and parents could call if there were any issues with technology.

Daugherty said they received a few calls for technology and a few calls asking how to log into Canvas, but they were able to answer the questions and help the process continue smoothly.

He noted they had issues with their filter that they’re trying to work through as well as continued work on communication with parents and students to ensure they know how everything works.

“Parents were great. We knew it wasn’t going to be perfect so there’s some things we could work on but we were very optimistic with how the day was going to go and as the day progressed we were very happy with the way things went,” Daugherty said. “... we were pretty excited about it to be honest with you.”

Daugherty went on to say that they do want to be cognizant of any issues, so they will be distributing surveys to parents, staff and students to gather feedback. The assignments students have been working on will be due on Friday, so the surveys will be given out on Monday.

Prior to those surveys, Daugherty said he is aware of some comments that have already been posted on social media. He said while there are a few negative comments on how the eLearning day went, there were more positive comments from people who were happy with the eLearning process.

“It’s a big task to do this for 5,000 students and nine buildings and get everybody on board with the same process that we’re doing,” he said. “Our administrators did a great job, our teachers did a phenomenal job of getting those lessons out and following the checklists that we put forth ... and we feel like we were able to send good lessons to our students.”

Daugherty said they wanted to give students lessons that had substance and meaning rather than distributing worksheets to keep them busy. He said they put a lot of work into making it look good rather than throwing it all together and everybody – technology and professional development teams, teachers and administrators – chipped in to create a good learning experience for the students.

“This was a big lift for all of us in the corporation, and we just hope we’re delivering a good service to all of our stakeholders, being our students and our parents,” he said. “We just hope it’ll turn out well. When we do that survey and once we get that feedback, we’ll need to know where we need to head next.”