Clayton County Schools could make virtual learning a permanent option

Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley said Monday he may include a virtual learning program in the district's upcoming revised strategic plan.

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Clayton County Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley said Monday he may include a virtual learning program in the district's upcoming revised strategic plan.

Clayton Schools could make virtual learning a permanent offering for families and students who want it in the future, Superintendent Morcease Beasley said Monday.

Beasley said he is working on a new strategic plan for the district and it could include virtual learning at each school for students who prefer to learn at home.

“We have a lot of parents, even at the elementary level, who will want their kids to spend all their time on virtual learning,” Beasley told the Clayton School Board on Monday. “I don’t want kids to go to one particular school. I think every school should have virtual teams and opportunities.”

The district switched to virtual learning at the end of March after schools closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

The board authorized on Monday the school system to lease 38,000 Chromebooks to ensure every student could learn virtually if schools were forced to close down again.

Beasley said the shutdown allowed the district to explore alternate forms of teaching that could provide new options in the future.

“This may be the blessing that comes out of this awful pandemic,” he said.