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Council Bluffs Schools ready for Virtual Academy

Posted at 5:24 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 19:16:42-04

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) -- — The pandemic has some school districts changing how students can learn in a classroom setting while sitting at home.

The Council Bluffs community school district will start doing a Virtual Academy this year.

Students are taught in real-time by Council Bluffs teachers in every grade level. They can connect with classmates, do extra-curricular activities, and access lessons at a later time all from home.

The district says about 30% of parents surveyed were interested and 16% said they may do the virtual academy.

“We’re in a place that we’ve never been before as educators. We want to ensure that our parents feel safe about sending their students to school, but also safe about keeping their students home. We know how critical schools are and allowing kids to be educated every day by a classroom teacher,” said Dr. Vickie Murillo, Superintendent of the Council Bluffs Community Schools.

Students who live outside the district have until July 15 to sign up. While kids that live inside the district have until August 7 to enroll in the Virtual Academy.