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Leon County students and parents adjust to e-learning classes

Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 17:20:53-04

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Students in Leon County are back at work for a different kind of learning experience.

The first day of e-learning is in the books. It's an adjustment the district's been working on for weeks in hopes of keeping students on track during the pandemic.

The district says so far so good for this first day of e-learning.

While Leon County started their first day of online classes Monday, some private schools have already been doing it for a week now.

While the change has been an adjustment, students know with a little patience, things will get better as the days go on.

"It's like a big jump... like, new new!" said Miranda Woodring.

Miranda Woodring is a 4th-grader at Macclay Elementary School. She says when she first started online classes, it wasn't easy.

"You don't get the attention you usually get in class because it's harder to do," Woodring explained.

Over at John Paul II Catholic High School, it's week two of e-learning.

Principal Joanna Copenhaver says the work put into making the transition is paying off.

"We started Wednesday morning with prayer and pledge and had our first class at 8 o'clock and our students went through every class like they typically would," said Copenhaver.

Principal Copenhaver says compassion is important to help with this transition.

While schools are offering zoom video for students to chat and learn together, it's still not the same as that classroom interaction. Copenhaver says they've learned it's not how fast the work gets done but the lessons themselves.

"As educators I think our first job is to educate these kids and make sure they get all this information but choosing quality is definitely the most important part," Copenhaver said.

And for students that might be struggling:

"Be kind to yourself. Be kind to one another," Copenhaver said. "It is hard. It's new for everybody and just support one another."

"Do your hardest, pay attention in class so you don't get behind," Woodring advised.