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Macomb schools transition to online learning

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Many Illinois school districts are using this week to put a learning plan in place for students, following a state mandate that canceled all schools, due to the coronavirus.

For the Macomb School District, the adjustment came fairly easy.

That's according to superintendent Patrick Twomey, who said all junior high and high school courses are online.

He said the district created an interactive platform, that allows teachers to teach each class to the students virtually from home.

He said right now, they're working on a rotating schedule of four different class periods, every other day.

"We had a made system, called Office 365 already in place that we were using across the district," Twomey said. "This is a platform that actually allows face to face meeting time, it allows the pushing out of homework, the collection of homework, the grading of homework."

Twomey said the school district was able to provide all students who needed a laptop in junior high and high school with one.

He said students are also taking turns putting the pledge of allegiance, daily announcements and other fun activities online, each day.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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