Harford County schools announced that they will offer the option of virtual learning for students.
- Well, starting this fall, Harford County Public schools will offer families the option for entirely virtual classes, so the children can continue learning from home. WJZ live right now at Swan Creek School in Aberdeen. Stetson Miller has why some parents say it is a better option, Stetson.
- Hey there, Dennise, we know that so many really struggle with virtual learning but some actually did really well with it. And that's why Harvard County Public schools will be continuing offering this option this fall.
An unexpected benefit of the coronavirus pandemic for eighth grader Tristan Baughn. He started to thrive in school and in fact now enjoys it.
- Before like COVID and all that, I don't really like school. And now, like I'm beginning to like school more and more.
- It turns out virtual learning was a good fit for Tristan. His grades improved while learning from home and he was able to focus more on his classwork.
- When I was in the classroom, I had like a lot of stress like answering the wrong question in front of people. And over virtual, it's like I don't have that amount of pressure on me.
- And he's not alone. Tristan is one of about 750 K through 12 students in Harford County Public schools that are enrolled in the district's new e-learning virtual program.
- We were exploring different ways to meet the needs of students around the County. Those who may have suffered from school anxiety, students that needed a more flexible schedule. And then the pandemic hit, and we learned so much more about what our students really needed.
- In the fall, the program will begin, and is based at the new Swan Creek School located at the former center for educational opportunity. Any student in the County is eligible for the program and can choose to take classes virtually either full time or part time. The County had already been planning to offer this program, but it got a lot more popular over the last year.
- Everybody had to do virtual learning at some point this year. And I think, you know, more and more people realized it was something that it could work for them.
- In other districts across our area are offering virtual programs as well. And Arundel County Public schools just approved a virtual Academy earlier this week. That registration for the Harford County program is closed right now, but they are planning to offer it again in the future. We're live in Aberdeen, Stetson Miller for WJZ.