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Jenks Public Schools battling virtual learning issues

Posted at 11:54 AM, Aug 26, 2020

JENKS, Okla. — Parents and teachers at Jenks Public schools are frustrated after the first day of the 2020 fall semester didn't go according to plan.

Teachers are forced to figure out a different way to teach and students are learning on the fly.

"Disappointed that that timeline did not happen as we had expected to be making that available at the beginning of the school year," Dr. Lisa Muller, JPS associate superintendent for educational services, said.

The Jenks Public Schools District sent an email to its Trojan Connect families after the first day of classes apologizing for technical delays in its virtual learning program.

District officials say they’re on standby as the student program plays catch-up.

“It’s been a delay in getting the account set up so that we can register our students and then of course provide the login information and begin using the platform," Dr. Muller said.

The program is offered by Edmentum, a company of programs suited for educational virtual learning.

JPS said 1,100 of its kindergarten through sixth grade students signed up for the Calvert elementary program and they have no way of getting in.

“We had anticipated that we would be ready to go on Monday when we began school," Dr. Muller said.

Neither do district teachers who spent months learning how to instruct using the platform.

“That’s not what anyone wants to hear on the first week of school," Dr. Muller said. "They want to be ready to get going.”

Jenks isn’t the only area school district counting on Calvert.

JPS said the program is down-and-out for Muskogee and Sand Springs public schools districts as well.

Dr. Muller told 2 Works for You she spoke with the district's Calvert representative and she’s been assured they’re hard at work trying to get every student registered for the program.

Dr. Muller said she is hopeful they can start using the program by the end of the week.

2 Works for You reached out to Calvert for comment and is still waiting for a response.

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