Distance learning

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With the shelter-in-place going on five weeks, teachers are very much a frontline force in standing up to the virus that’s changed, quite literally, the face of education.

In East County, teachers report the main challenges of virtual learning to be working from home while balancing their own family obligations and missing their students.

The Brentwood Union School District (BUSD) was already on spring break when health officers from Contra Costa County and five neighboring counties announced a shelter-in-place order March 16, just days before Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state to do the same. The two-week break technically ended March 30, but BUSD administrators, teachers and staff spent the returning week preparing for the task ahead: educating an entire public school population from behind a computer screen. Now, with nearly three weeks of homeschooling underway in Brentwood, rhythms have been established but some fatigue is also setting in.


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