The Elmont Union Free School District is adapting to the new way of learning brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. To best serve the 43% of their students who chose to continue learning remotely this year, the district created its Virtual Academy program.
Run by co-coordinators Melissa Basel and Tara Savage, Virtual Academy provides students with live, teacher-led Zoom classes from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Students log onto their school-issued iPad devices to participate in a daily schedule of ELA, math, science and social studies classes. They are also allotted time for a lunch break, enrichment activities, small group instruction and social-emotional learning.
Eighty faculty members, who also received district devices to work from home, have been assigned to work solely with students enrolled in Virtual Academy. Also on staff are psychologist Elizabeth Adams and school counselor Jaclyn Dias-Hansen, who provide virtual assistance to students and their families. Additionally, a dedicated special education staff is available.
“Our district fully respects the choice of the parents in the community to utilize Virtual Academy,” Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Rosner said. “We’re happy to provide this full-remote option.”