Back To School: How Remote Learning Looks For Salt Lake City Family

Sep 14, 2020, 12:22 PM | Updated: 12:33 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Monday was the first day of school for students in the Salt Lake City School District after a delayed start from hurricane-force winds Sept. 8.

KSL got an inside look at remote learning for a first grader from Hawthorne Elementary School.

Starting off with greetings and instruction on how to mute and unmute on Zoom, Lincoln Ryan’s first grade teacher, Mrs. Solis, started the day off with a class song, which kids will sing together every day.

Monday morning would have been the second week of school, but last Tuesday’s wild weather caused some setbacks when severe winds destroyed property and knocked out power. Parent Randi Ryan is keeping her humor in what has been a very strange 2020.

“It’s funny that they would delay school all the way to the eighth, and then it would start and we would have a hurricane winds for some reason,” she said.

Ryan is rolling with the punches though, and after a few false starts to begin remote learning last week, the official first day of school finally began.

At the same time, Ryan, a single mom, is working remotely.

“I’m glad that it finally started, but he’s been very lonely since like March,” she said about Lincoln. “Luckily for me I have an area he can be in that I can dedicate for him, and I can kind of work as well.”

There is going to be a learning curve, but so far Lincoln seems happy, and his mom is optimistic.

“I’m just hoping it’s all going to work out – that he stays engaged,” Ryan said.

She also recognizes some the barriers.

“Canvas really isn’t designed for 6-year-old functionality,” Ryan said. “He will need a lot of assistance.”

The Salt Lake City School District set up a day for students and their parents to meet their teachers in person and get a lesson on Canvas. Ryan was able to attend, but not every parent was.

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Back To School: How Remote Learning Looks For Salt Lake City Family