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Tablets allow St. Ursula students to do lessons at home
EAST WALNUT HILLS, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- The hallways are empty.
The lockers are quiet.
And the classrooms at the St. Ursula Academy buildings in East Walnut Hills are silent.
But 10th grader Emma Maliborsky is still at school, at home. Emma sits in the family kitchen and takes out a PC tablet computer.
II have to read a lot of The Crucible today," she says. "I have to do a work sheet for music. I have to read a section for math, and do a work sheet for lit. I have to some review games to do for Latin."
Along with many Ohio schools, St Ursula has now used up its allocation of five calamity days. Use any more, and there's the chance of school on Saturdays, or during Spring Break, or into the summer.
But the State of Ohio is granting three more calamity days which do not have to be made up, to schools which have a State-approved on-line program. St. Ursula is one of about 80 schools or districts statewide which had such calamity day programs as of earlier this month, according to the Ohio Department of Education.
Students like Emma log in in the morning, get assignments from their teachers, and get to work. Emma understands at-home school days better than most. Her father, Craig Maliborsky, is the principal at St. Ursula.
He says, "It was an easy fit to do on-line days and have those days be productive."
All of St. Ursula's students have PC tablets which they use both at school and at home. But not all schools are so fortunate. In those cases, the State has also approved a "blizzard bag" plan. Under that program, the school can give on-line assignments, but also has to provide paper copies to students who do not have computers at home. Those students can either use computers at school once school has resumed, or can hand in the work within a specified time.