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A look inside Bigfork High School's virtual classrooms

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Posted at 3:23 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 17:23:12-04

BIGFORK — The Bigfork School District is teaching all its classes "virtually" these days after Gov. Steve Bullock ordered all schools to close due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Superintendent Matt Jensen says the district decided to start virtual learning after the school closure order was issued.

"We made a decision to go virtual, with our fifth through twelfth graders. We were able to start on Monday and we got those off the ground," said Jensen.

Jensen says while the school buildings have been properly sterilized, teachers have the option to teach virtually at home, or at school.

He explained that each student was provided a Chromebook by the school to attend the virtual class.

High School teacher Charlotte Ball is one teacher who's working from her empty classroom.

"I have been coming into school because I wanted to try and keep it as normal as possible," explained Ball. "I want my students seeing the classroom."

Ball says that students still have their normal school schedule, including a four-minute passing time in between classes.

She says that there have been some technology hurdles to jump through.

"We are using some new things. Like Google Meets was new for all of us. So, getting them comfortable signing," said Ball.

Jensen told MTN News virtual learning has been a huge success and the school has had two of their highest attending days with students logging on.

He also noted that the district is prepared to continue virtual learning for as long as they have to, to keep people safe and healthy.

Jensen also wanted to thank all educators for their efforts in getting the online program going during this challenging time.