CLAY COUNTY – By any measure, the first day of online classes on March 31 for the Clay County School District exceeded the most-optimistic expectations.
More than 49,000 people logged into the oneclay.net portal as schools moved lessons to the internet in response to closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Clay district only has 39,000 students.
“What we saw is some people logged in and they came back later and logged in again,” Superintendent David Broskie said. “I didn’t have a number in mind of how many students would be online in Day 1, but it was overwhelming. I’m so proud of the teachers, leaders, students and parents for adjusting to this – and for being flexible to this new way of learning.”
Students who didn’t have laptops were given Chromebooks to use while lessons are taught online.
When it came time to logon and get to work, the system handled to crush with few problems.
In fact, the biggest issue were some students or parents forgetting their passwords, Broskie said.
Once students were in the oneclay.net portal, they were guided to several options. Google classroom was used 41,000 times and there were 2,500 sign-ins by staff members.
There were 9,500 completed math and science assignments on I-ready; 8,000 for Edgenuity for grades seven-through-12 and 2,500 assignments on Achieve 3000.
“It was certainly interesting,” Broskie said. “I think everyone was anxious because they can’t interact in the traditional way. Now they have to do it virtually.
“When you have those kinds of numbers, it means people are engaged. For Day 1, it was amazing. I think as time goes on, it will only get better and better.”
Officials ordered county schools to remain closed until at least May 1. Until then, schoolwork will continue.
“In this time of social distancing, everyone kind of misses one another,” Broskie said. “It will be interesting to see how this works into the future.”