When the coronavirus pandemic flared locally in March, Durham Public Schools shut down elementary, middle and high schools. Teaching, for the most part, simply ceased.
On Monday, the district’s nearly 33,000 students get back to classrooms, this time online for at least nine weeks.
9th Street reporter Michaela Towfighi describes the steps needed to start this massive undertaking in a county where home computer and internet access are not yet universal.
Making digital learning work for nine weeks — and maybe longer — will require persistent community involvement, say Durham Public Schools Foundation leaders and other public school allies.
Photo at top: Riverside High School students waited six feet apart Wednesday to pick up Google Chromebooks to start online classes on Monday. Photo by Henry Haggart