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Students adapt to new mode of education, delivered at home

SoVaNow.com / September 10, 2020
Halifax County students and their families offered their impressions of the new school year, with students learning from home to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Students “went back to school” on Tuesday, restarting their educations after the spring semester of the 3019-2020 school year was canceled due to the pandemic.

Here are some first-day comments by parents and students in Halifax County Public Schools:

» Kelly Epperly-Clark’s daughter, Leighton Clark, a seventh-grade student at Halifax County Middle School said, “My day went extremely well. There were no glitches or problems at all.” Leighton checked into her classes while her mom was at work.

» Candice Powell said her daughter, Zoey Powell, a sixth-grade student at HCMS, was glad to be back in school, even though the fall semester is far from being normal. “Zoey called me twice in between classes for a little help. She makes me happy and did it basically all by herself. Plus she already has a favorite teacher. This year is really different, but we are going to make it work.”

» Melissa Powell has a daughter, Nina, who attends South Boston Elementary School and has begun second grade, and a son, Jordan, who has entered sixth grade at HCMS. Powell said, “The first day was great. We received personal phone calls from various teachers and staff. All Zooms [online Zoom classes] were smooth and the kids enjoyed them. Nina is actually eager to get ahead and do more assignments.”

» Angela Yancey described what happened when her children were introduced to Canvas, the new virtual learning platform for students at the high school and middle school: “AHHHH, is what the kids said when they found out Canvas replaced Google Classroom and they didn’t understand why,” said Yancey, adding that her kids crashed on the floor in frustration.

» Shannon Wade Salley said her daughter Emmerson jumped right into her schoolwork, despite some initial tech hang-ups: “Things went pretty smoothly for Emmerson, considering she was navigating it all by herself. She texted me when she had issues and I helped troubleshoot from work,” said Salley. Emmerson is also a sixth-grade student at HCMS.

Nevaeh Hodges, a senior at HCHS, said of the first day of school, “It went pretty smoothly for me.”

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