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Harrington Park Students Test Virtual School Day

Harrington Park middle school students will participate in a Virtual Day.
Harrington Park middle school students will participate in a Virtual Day. Photo Credit: Harrington Park School District
Middle school students will participate in Harrington Park's Virtual Day.
Middle school students will participate in Harrington Park's Virtual Day. Photo Credit: Harrington Park School District

HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. — Middle school students in Harrington Park will be testing out a “Virtual Day” with online assignments on Thurs. Nov. 19 from 8:30 - 10 a.m.

The department has been arranging the test project for months.

“Our community loves the idea of innovation with things to move ideas forward,” Schools Supt. Adam Fried said. "It really shows what innovation is -- that it is a verb, an action, and not a noun.

"We're super excited about the event and what it means for the future of education."

Celebrating American Education Week, sixth- through eighth-graders will log in and perform tasks before heading to school for their regular classes at 10 a.m.

Those without technology at home will use computers at school.

The online learning includes working with language arts programs, Google Docs, videos and other programs allowing students to comment and respond.

“It’s the idea of how we blend learning and innovation into who we are as a district,” Fried said.

Submission instructions will vary for the "Virtual Day" assignments. Middle school teachers will be logged in and accessible via email to assist with any questions or issues.

Students who are out sick are still required to have parents notify the school of the non-participation and make up for missed assignments.

Legislation is pending for for schools to apply for a "Virtual School Day." The district, meanwhile, has beein touch with the county schools superintendent to get approval for the use of flexible educational days. One requirement is that the days must have academic equivalency to an in-person school day.

"Kids are digital -- we are digital," Fried said. "There’s an expectation: How do we extend learning? It doesn’t just occur during the school day. That is an old model.

"Now it is 24-7.”

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