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Some school districts enlist third-party educators for virtual learning

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Elk Mound (WQOW) - With a virtual learning option available in most area schools this fall, some districts have partnered with third party educators, to help teach the online courses.

One of those districts is Elk Mound, which will be working with 'Wisconsin Virtual School,' a learning supplemental program that partners with school districts throughout Wisconsin, to offer online courses to middle and high school students.

Elk Mound Superintendent Eric Wright said all the courses will be taught by Wisconsin licensed teachers and even though they will not be teaching the classes, Elk Mound staff will be in constant communication with students, monitoring their work and providing needed help and support.

"Staffing played a part in this decision. Also really looking at the flexibility that it offers our parents. It's a different model. Honestly, COVID has created this for us to evaluate and it's a good opportunity to evaluate what other options are out there that we can offer our students," Wright said.

Wright added the all-virtual learning program is not the only option. Parents can still send their students to in-person classes five days a week.

Of course, every district is choosing its own options for learning and some are still figuring out what to do. We have a list of what area districts are doing here.

Rebecca Fiala

Rebecca Fiala joined the News 18 Sports Team in December 2018 as our weekend sports anchor and sports reporter.

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