Spring break typically is a time to relax, but the Ripon Area School District’s leadership team spent last week working toward launching its online instruction this week.

   “Our district leadership team has met throughout the break to plan for Monday’s virtual professional development day with staff, ensure families have devices and internet access, and provide continued breakfast and lunch meals for our families,” Superintendent Mary Whitrock said.

   Staff decided to use Google Classroom and Canvas for their online instruction platforms, which are familiar to many of the older students but not elementary students.

   “Elementary students have not used Google Classroom to the same degree as our MS [middle school] and HS [high school] students,” Whitrock said. “We will continue to use our [School] Board approved curriculum materials.”

   She added the district may not have to spend additional funds for online curriculum since many, if not all, came with online components.

   “Many others are free or open access so we won’t need to purchase much if anything,” Whitrock said. “We were in the process of purchasing online resources for library books. I imagine that resource will be used to a greater extent now than even anticipated. Given that this is a need across the country, many companies are making resources available at no cost during this time.”

   Read the full story, including how the district plans to maintain its buildings, in the March 26, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.