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Despite minor technical difficulties, Big Bend school districts say first day went well

Posted at 6:17 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 18:17:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The first day of school is in the books for Leon, Gadsden, and Jefferson counties.

All three districts, working to keep their students safe while in the classroom. But the day did not go without some technical issues for those learning from home.

LCS saw a high volume of IT calls, reporting more than 225 before 4 p.m. The majority of those calls were people having trouble logging into their classes.

The district has over 15,000 students who are in digital academies, so they expected issues to arise.

Leon County Virtual School saw issues as well. Their principal put out a message saying they were experiencing a login error.

LCS also reported 3,187 zoom meetings on Monday and the director of transportation reported great social distancing and kids were wearing their masks everything went smoothly.

"There were absolutely some speedbumps but all in all, especially with the safety protocol, it was awesome," said LCS superintendent Rocky Hanna.

In Gadsden County, superintendent Roger Milton says everything went well.

"As far as the concerns with students and the virus, we went through that fairly well as staff as well as parents," Milton said.

They saw a lower number of students in classrooms and on buses, saying that on some buses there were only 10 to 12 students socially distanced.

They had tech issues as well and in he says after Monday, some students are requesting to go back to brick and mortar.

Overall both districts say this unusual school year is off to a decent start.

LCS is giving excuses to students who had trouble logging in and ask that they call the hotline if they have issues. They are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.