Distance learning continues, HS Regents still scheduled as LI schools stay closed

Regents exams for high school students are still on as scheduled, for now. State officials are meeting to discuss if the exams should be held.

News 12 Staff

Mar 28, 2020, 9:21 PM

Updated 1,484 days ago

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that New York schools will remain closed until at least April 15 means that districts across Long Island will be making the most out of the current distance learning models in place.
Rockville Centre Superintendent William Johnson told News 12 that the district is working to make virtual learning the best it can be.
"I think when you look at where we are, and you look at the number of cases still increasing, it only makes sense to keep the schools closed," he said of the COVID-19 spread. New York remains the most hard-hit area in the country.
School superintendents who spoke with News 12 say all state tests, grades 3-8, are canceled. However, Regents exams for high school students are still on as scheduled, for now. State officials are meeting to discuss if the exams should be held. 
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 "The [Regents] tests were designed on the basis of regular classroom instruction. We're in a whole new world right now,” says Johnson. District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES Robert Dillon says there is a silver lining to all of this.
"From a bleak, dismal situation, I think something positive may come, and that being the utilization of technology to advance instruction," says Dillon.
Johnson admits this is a burden on parents, teachers and students, but he says educators are doing their best for their classes.


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