Updated: March 18, 2020 09:07 PM
Created: March 18, 2020 04:06 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester City School District is offering educational resources to students while they're out of school because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
At a press conference Wednesday, Superintendent Terry Dade announced that paper and pencil resources, as well as online resources, will be available to students to keep them engaged while school is canceled, though those resources will not be collected or graded.
Last year, the school system gave out Chromebook computers to its high school students and now the district is trying to set up learning programs through systems like Google Classroom and Class Dojo so the lessons can resume.
Officials say the younger grades don't all have the computers, but many of them do have computers or smartphones of their own.
Starting Friday, they're also planning to distribute hard copy paper and pencil materials at the school system's meal distribution sites.
They want to make sure kids don't treat this situation like a summer vacation when learning just stops and kids fall into the "summer slide" and forget what they've learned.
Dade was unable to comment on whether or not Gov. Cuomo agreed to provide more funding for the RCSD in the face of its budget crisis.
Watch the full press conference in the video above.
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