Altoona schools to begin online classes on March 30, 2020

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Starting Monday, March 30th, teachers and students in the Altoona Area School District will begin mandatory classes, virtually.

Superintendent Dr. Charles Peijatelj says this is the first time classes will be held using Zoom, Google Classroom, Facebook and Youtube.

Parents responded with concerns about using devices and students with special needs. Grades 7 to 12 already have assigned Chrome Books, but Superintendent Prijatelj says elementary education might be a little harder. Prijatelj says ” we’re working on ways to create workbook packets and other materials in a hard copy form that we can get out to kids either through our meal route that we run every day. He added that they are looking to partner with places like grocery stores so that parents can pick up school materials for students.

Ayren Sarver has a 10th grader at Altoona High. She’s a bit concerned about the way technology will work, but is thrilled that class will be back in session. Sarver says “we need to stay committed to the education process and hopefully we will iron out the wrinkles and we’ll be back in school before it becomes too much of an issue.”

Superintendent Peijatel says parents can call or email principals if they have any questions.

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