It’s been an important change, said VLO second-grade teacher Charlotte Elia.
Last school year VLO students were restricted to only digital learning in their homes.
Elia said the new, periodic gatherings “is one of the highlights” for this year’s second-graders in her remote class.
The library option of browsing the mini book collections in the VLO high school classroom is especially important, she said.
“They get to look through all of the books and feel them and look at topics they like and have conversations with the teacher about them. As much as I love the virtual option, reading a book on a (computer) screen is not the best option for all kids.”
Parents transport their students to the libraries at Lakota East and Lakota West.
Katie Duh of West Chester Twp. who has two children in the VLO program describes the library option as “great.”
“As a parent I love the opportunity … to go into a building to see the teacher and to see some of the other kids and get to do some activities together with classmates.”
“I love the flexibility of VLO at home but you miss some of that social piece of interacting with classmates and your teacher more in person so I love that this gives an opportunity to get the social interactions that would normally come in an in-person classroom,” she said.