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New option will ‘Empower’ students to learn at home


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Jul. 03, 2020 - 5:57 PM

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Coweta schools are – for now – opening Aug. 6 for face-to-face instruction, but parents and students also can choose a fully virtual option.

Superintendent Evan Horton gave an overview of the Coweta County School System’s preliminary reopening plan Tuesday at a called meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education. In addition to numerous changes and special precautions being implemented in schools and facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, the school system is rolling out its online Empower learning platform to provide added flexibility.

“In addition to the face-to-face option, we are going to provide a virtual option for parents and students who don’t feel comfortable or may not be ready to come back to school,” Horton said.

The remote learning option was developed partly in response to community feedback requesting more educational choices for Coweta students, and it also provides an alternative way to meet their health and wellness needs, according to the Empower website.

Empower is available for elementary, middle and high school students. Horton said the school system is asking that parents and students who choose the virtual option commit to a full semester for staffing purposes. Registration will be held July 6-17 via a Google form on the website.

Participants will be asked to verify that they are committed to daily implementation of the remote learning environment, ensuring that their children receive daily work assignments and they will complete the first semester (Aug. 6-Dec. 18). Participants will remain enrolled in their base schools, will have use of their assigned Chromebook and other materials, and will remain eligible for extracurricular activities.

Horton said virtual learning is an option many schools likely will offer during the upcoming school year.

“As systems throughout the country roll out their plans, most are going to include a virtual option,” he said. “It allows us to provide some flexibility during this unprecedented time.”

For more information, visit the Empower website at http://online.cowetaschools.net