Wilson starts distance learning school year with virtual Back to School Night

By MAEVE GRAY

STAFF WRITER


Wilson hosted the first virtual Back to School Night to inform parents how teachers implement distance learning to help students succeed on Sept. 3rd.


The event took place over Zoom, a video conferencing platform, to accommodate the protocols of COVID-19. With social distancing rules, schools are prohibited from opening up due to the high cases in their areas. Teachers would post their zoom links on Canvas to allow access to those who are participating. While joining these zoom calls, parents followed the same schedules their children had which consists of a period 1-6 schedule.


To help spread awareness, Wilson sent out phone calls to educate Wildcat families about the upcoming occasion. They also uploaded posts regarding the information on the Wilson website and released forms through mail delivery.


According to the principal Dr. Kenfield, the administration faced a minor complication concerning the accessibility parents have with conferencing links.


“Not all parents had the opportunity to create their account in Canvas, so we need to make teacher zoom links reachable outside of the platform.”


Furthermore, parent Bong Hung found Back to School Night just as informational as previous years.


“I got the information I was hoping for and it was the same as prior Back to School Night,” Hung said. “The conference did play out like I expected, [I] just didn’t expect such a small turn out of other participants.”


After experiencing Back to School Night, junior Ashley De La Cruiz explained how comfortable she felt compared to the previous years.


“It is easier online because teachers can screen share their information and it is right in front of you. It is more convenient since you don’t have to travel [to school]; and, if people need to ask questions, they can always use the chat box, allowing direct communication between parents and teachers,” Cruiz said.


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