Hall County Schools officials are weighing the pros and cons of a proposal that would allow high school teachers two days during the school year to deliver online learning to their students.
School board members heard about the “school from home” proposal that administrators pitched to them during Monday’s board meeting.
Superintendent Will Schofield embraced the idea.
“Six out of seven periods is absolutely overwhelming for our teachers,” Schofield said. “We’re looking for opportunities to find some more planning time for them throughout the year. This would give them a day in the fall and a day in the spring.”
He said it would prepare students for college education that relies heavily on online resources.
“I think this is a prudent way to start with the high school level learners,” Schofield said. “Parents and families would know well in advance that next year there will be a day in the fall and a day in the spring, and that assumes we don’t have snow days.”
Nath Morris, who earlier received a vote of confidence from his colleagues to remain chairman of the board, said his only concern about the proposal is how it would affect those students who need a classroom setting to learn and function.
Board member Bill Thompson said he sees the proposal as a step in the right direction. Thompson said it could be a tool that will help recruit and retain teachers.
“It makes a huge difference for for the teachers,” Thompson said. “We should look at this and maybe do more to stop losing them.”
Board members put off making a decision on the proposal, giving them more time to think about it and bring it back for a vote in January.