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Clint Independent School District rolls out virtual learning program during virus crisis

EL PASO, Texas -- The old saying that desperation breeds creativity is coming true as schools across the country continue searching for ways to keep their students educated during the coronavirus outbreak.

That is especially true of the the Clint Independent School District which rolled out it's virtual academic program on Tuesday.

This was achieved thanks to over 11,000 CISD students having specialty tablets and laptops with which to keep their education going.

This new virtual learning plan will be in effect until at least April 3.

“And that is going to transfer very nicely over to the remote learning process," said Assistant Superintendent Jim Littlejohn. "All of our students will have an application device so they can continue to work. They will become more of a facilitator of knowledge from their teacher.”

Teachers have spent weeks setting up virtual lesson plans for math, science, history and other classes but it will be partly up to the parents to keep student discipline intact.

“We need to set as teachers and parents a structured schedule so the kids maintain that once we go back to our regular life," said Claudia Esparza, a teacher at Ricardo Estrada Middle School.

The virtual education programs also link to other info like suggested learning schedules, assignment deadlines and how to get free lunches from Clint ISD for those families that still need them.

Coronavirus Video / Education / El Paso

Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon is an ABC-7 reporter who co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.

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