FORSYTH COUNTY — Schools in Forsyth County will reopen their doors Friday after district officials deemed the weather and roads safe enough to conduct classes. For now.
An announcement was made Thursday afternoon that after-school activities and sports would proceed as usual later that day at the discretion of each school principal.
Superintendent Jeff Bearden and school administration will continue to monitor the weather and make necessary changes as the day and night continues.
Thursday marked the first-ever online/itslearning day for the district, and, according to feedback on social media, the virtual instruction portal ran slowly.
The Forsyth County Board of Education announced in November there will be no inclement weather days in the 2015-16 calendar. This school year’s two days were used on Tuesday and Wednesday, with students out Monday for the President’s Day holiday.
“We knew we’d have problems with teachers and students not having power,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, spokeswoman for the district.
The website, where teachers create a personalized virtual classroom to upload lessons, slideshows and videos and can post homework and discussion prompts, has been sluggish throughout the day today.
Caracciolo said they rebooted the entire system once to a different server in the hopes of allowing swifter access. Students and teachers were given an hour notice to save any current documents.
“It is asynchronous, so they have five days to complete everything,” she said of the assignments. “Not everyone has to log in today at the same time during school hours, but we understand that may be easier since they’re already home instead of during the weekend.”
The five-day window to complete assignments will begin once classes are back in session.
If a teacher is unable to upload homework, they have until the end of the day they return to school to do so. From there, students’ clocks start ticking.
The bottom line, Caracciolo said, was that teachers “will be flexible” with a student if access is blocked due to power outages or connectivity delays.