CHARLOTTE — More than 52,000 students signed up for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Remote Learning Academy, which is more than one-third of the nearly 150,000 students in the district.
High schooler Nicolas Vasquez and his family are preparing for what will be a very different fall semester. Vasquez and his little sister are signed up for the Remote Learning Academy.
“I’m not completely happy, but I know it’s for the better because I don’t want to get the virus or put my parents at risk because they’re more vulnerable for the virus,” the rising 10th grader at Olympic High School said.
He said he’s unsure how the remote learning model will work.
"I haven't seen anything yet," he said.
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Remote students will spend 30-40% each day engaged in live instruction with a teacher.
Students will spend the rest of the day on tasks, such as recorded instruction by a teacher or a CMS specialist. During that period, students will also get digital, hands-on and reading assignments.
CMS said in most instances, a student’s teacher will come from their currently assigned school, but that may not always be the case.
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District officials said they will try to place children in a cluster of peers from their current school.
“It’s probably going to be hard, but I’m just hoping for the best,” grandparent Karen Dixon said. “I’m hopeful. I’m positive.”
Dixon said her granddaughter will spend the first part of her freshman year in the remote academy.
“For her, to kind of get used to it and try to do the best that she can with what circumstances, she’s dealing with it,” Dixon said.
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