Local elementary school to enhance students learning amid coronavirus pandemic


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — “This is where we want to be. We want to be here with our kids and we want them to be here with us,” said Nikki Burns, assistant principal of Jerry Lee Faine.

For the past month, schools have been ordered by Gov. Ivey to close in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since then, it has been tough for elementary teachers.

“It’s been an inconvenience because not only then do I have my personal family like all teachers do, so now you’re working remotely from home and having to deal with your family as well as worry about the sickness. It’s just a mess. Our teachers want to be here,” Burns said.

Schools may be closed for now but that doesn’t mean the teaching will stop. The teachers at Jerry Lee Faine are planning to put together review packets for students to enhance their learning.

“So reading, math, stem, social studies, and there will be current events in there about coronavirus. It will be math review lessons, we definitely need to practice our fluency skills there will be reading materials in there for them to do as well,” Burns said.

Assistant principal Nikki Burns says not only is it taking an toll on the students. They love them like their own children.

“We’re here with them from 7-2:30 p.m feeding them breakfast and lunch, snacks, as well as teaching them their critical standards on a daily basis. It was so nice to come to work today because it gives me a sense of normalcy back,” Burns said.

Teachers will work on the packets next week and they will be available for pickup after April 13th. As for grading purposes, the students will not be graded on the packets. Grades will be waived for the 4th nine weeks.

Parents and students will be able to keep in touch as well as offered help on the assignments by phone and social media on the school’s Facebook page.

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