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    Schools in Muscatine County offer voluntary enrichment

    Margaret Stadtwald
    Margaret Stadtwaldhttps://discovermuscatine.com
    Margaret Stadtwald works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

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    MUSCATINE, Iowa—Though COVID-19 school closures remain in place across the state, Muscatine County’s five school districts and one parochial school went online with voluntary educational enrichment. 

    Durant Community School District 

    A one to one district, Durant students could pick up their iPads before beginning voluntary enrichment. the District also sent out a technology survey, which identified students without internet and paired them with a hotspot to use. Using Google Hangouts to video conference, students may participate in live educational activities several times weekly.

    Louisa-Muscatine Community School District 

    To help students find educational resources, Louisa-Muscatine created www.lmlearning.org/. With pages for each grade, subject, and teacher, students can easily access self-guided activities. Though Louisa-Muscatine does not have a device for each student, students without technology at home may check one out. The District boosted their Wi-Fi signal, allowing students to use the internet in their parking lot. Elementary students also received work packets. Students may also schedule office hours with counselors for group or individual sessions. 

    Muscatine Community School District 

    Because only 55% to 85% of students in each Muscatine attendance zone have internet access, the District partnered with Muscatine Power and Water to boost Wi-Fi signals at several locations and offered families with students internet access for $9.95 per month for the length of the school closures. Students in any grade may request work packets and have them delivered. Teachers at all grade levels are providing enrichment activities at https://sites.google.com/mcsdonline.org/mcsdcontinuouslearning/home. Students may also connect with teachers through video conferencing software, and middle and high school teachers have regularly scheduled office hours.

    West Liberty Community School District 

    West Liberty has provided educational materials to students through https://www.wl.k12.ia.us/links-to-educational-opportunities-for-our-students/ in both English and Spanish for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Teachers and administrators have reached out to all families to see if they have access to technology and to help them find resources to get their students connected. Teachers have also sent post cards to each student to continue fostering positive relationships. 

    Wilton Community School District 

    Using a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine, Wilton has provided Wi-Fi hotspots for students without internet access. They also distributed Chromebooks to elementary students who needed one. All students may participate in video lessons or class meetings at least once a week and frequently more often, along with the self-paced resources at https://www.wiltoncsd.org/. Elementary students may also use paper packets by request. 

    Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School

    Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School offers different sorts of enrichment for students of all ages. Students in three year old preschool through third grade receive a work packet every three weeks. Students in grades four and five have short daily video lessons with their teachers as well as independent work from their text books, which they took home over spring break. Middle school students may participate in video classes with each of their teachers from 9 a.m until noon each day, along with additional at home work from their books. Any family needing additional devices had the opportunity to check out Chromebooks for their students.

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