High schools in Washtenaw County will continue using a virtual learning model after the State of Michigan extended a statewide partial shutdown from December 8th to December 20th.
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District, also known as WISD, says their high schools will comply with the order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. But during this time, Interim Superintendent Naomi Norman says it’s important for the district to continue identifying ways to provide internet service to all students, especially those living in rural areas.
Interim Superintendent Naomi Norman: We still have too many students and staff who don’t have ready, easy broadband access at home.
The Washtenaw County Broadband Task Force estimates that up to 57% of K-12 students in the county don’t have access to high-speed broadband internet, whether it’s due to affordability or just lack of access all together. Norman says, for now, K-8 students at WISD will also continue using a virtual learning model.
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