North Clayton Middle School eighth-grade math teachers Alisha Rosser and Carlos Johnson offer online instruction to students of the school Monday. The district, like most across metro Atlanta, closed schools indefinitely as the nation grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

Clayton Schools move forward with online learning despite closure of physical buildings

Despite the closure of school buildings across Clayton County, a  handful of teachers were at North Clayton Middle on Monday morning to give students instruction online.

Math teachers Alisha Rosser and Carlos Johnson covered math lessons to students online through Google Classrooms for about 45 minutes Monday. 

“For equation No. 2 we have to make sure that we not only have the slope, but we put it in a format of rise over run,” Rosser, an 8th grade math instructor, told the students. 

North Clayton Middle Principal Shakira Rice said the challenge for the school is making sure everyone had an Internet connection to continue their education.

Of the 940 students at the school, 33 did not have access to the Internet. They were directed to the Clayton County Library system to pick up free hotspot clients or informed of Comcast’s offer of free web services for the next 60 days.

“We are teaching live to hundreds of kids while they are home,” Rice said. “This the future for us. Parents are logged onto my account to ask questions.”

Clayton joined districts across metro Atlanta last week in closing schools because of concerns over the coronavirus. The district said its schools would be closed indefinitely as the nation grapples with the virus, which has infected thousands and killed more than 60 people. 

“Turn those TVs off,” Clayton Schools Superintendent Morcease Beasley, who had dropped by the school Monday morning, said to laughter among the teachers. “I hope everybody is staying safe and remember, ‘Wash those hands.’” 

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