VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Hurricane Florence did more than just damage communities along the East Coast; it also kept thousands of kids out of school.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools prepared for this lost time by building Virtual Learning Days into the 2018-19 school calendar.
The first of three virtual learning days will take place on Oct. 8. The others are scheduled for Nov. 6 and Jan. 28.
Students will be given assignments that are designed to replicate learning experiences that would happen if the students were in school. The work can be completed either online or using a pencil and paper at home.
The work may be completed on the Virtual Learning Day or over a designated 10-day window of time in order to give flexibility for students and families.
Mom Maria Delcarmen said, "I think [when it comes to] virtual learning, you need to have more discipline so children will learn how to discipline themselves. They're [also] going to learn time management and, of course, learn more about technology."
According to the school district, with the addition of these virtual learning days, they will bank the equivalent of two days of instruction, which can offset makeup time needed during the school year.
Chief Academic Officer Dr. Kipp Rogers told News 3 that the concept is an innovative approach to learning.
"Some students may find it easier to work at an independent pace, while other students may find it more challenging," Kipp said.