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Virtual school getting high marks

Posted at 5:57 PM, Apr 16, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. -- In one room, Anna Butts is logged on to math.

“It’s a lot different. But I am adjusting," she said.

In another room, her brother Alex talks to his teacher on an iPad.

“Just to have that interaction, even if it’s online. It’s invaluable," said their mother, Kristin.

Both are students at Tampa’s Corbett Preparatory School.

“When I see the kids talking to their teachers and talking to their friends and seeing the interaction between all of them. I feel like they care about each other," said Kristin Butts.

School leaders say they started preparing for the possibility of going completely online in February.

They say they trained teachers not just the basics of programs like Zoom and Canvas, but how to really get the most out of them.

“This is all about routine. If we can continue as best we can a normal semblance of normal life for our students. The better," said Michael Johnson, Associate Head of School.

To keep things as normal as possible, Corbett has students on their regular schedules with their usual teachers.

“I just left math and I am going to English right now where we will be writing essays," said Anna.

They even have PE and extra curricular activities all done remotely.

School leaders say the teachers are making it happen.

“Their positive energy comes across in all their Zoom calls. Every lesson. Every student they are interacting with," said Johnson.

The parents and kids are hoping they might make it back into these empty classrooms before the school year ends.

But if that doesn’t happen, they are prepared to finish and succeed virtually.