Activities and resources are aligned to the same standards and assignments students would normally be working on at this point in the school year. “WLOX feels an obligation to leverage its resources to help school districts and parents in these extraordinary times,” said Rick Williams, WLOX general manager.
WLOX, Gray’s ABC and CBS affiliate in Biloxi, Miss. (DMA 155), is partnering with local school districts to broadcast educational and instructional programming furnished by the educators to support continued School-to-Home learning.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced school closures in the United States in an unprecedented disruption of K-12 education. For children living in homes with limited or no broadband internet service, the lack of schooling cannot simply be replaced by online distant learning substitutes.
“As school districts struggle to deliver education in a different way,” said Glen East, Gulfport School District’s superintendent, “it is essential to find ways to address digital disparities and continue to provide learning opportunities and critical services to all of our students.”
Beginning today, WLOX will broadcast teacher lessons between 9 and 11 each weekday morning on its Bounce subchannel, which is available free over the air.
“WLOX feels an obligation to leverage its resources to help school districts and parents in these extra-ordinary times,” said Rick Williams, WLOX’s general manager.
“With this partnership, we are honored to be able to help limit the disparities in educational resources available to homes regardless of their ability to access online resources.”
Activities and resources are aligned to the same standards and assignments students would normally be working on at this point in the school year.
The lessons focus on English/language arts, science and math. In addition to the TV broadcast distribution, the lessons will be stored in a video library on both wlox.com and the Gulfport School District website. The archives will also be available for in person use at the school once schools reopen.
The Gulfport School District is a network of nine schools that collectively enroll 6,477 students. Other Mississippi Gulf Coast school districts have also begun working with WLOX to provide additional sets of lessons for students in the viewing area.
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