Viera Charter School Teachers Have Students Back On Track With Virtual Learning During COVID-19 Response

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Viera Charter School is locally owned and governed by board of local community members

Children at Viera Charter School started back to school the day after spring break Tuesday, March 24, greeted by their teacher’s face on a computer screen, and the smiles of other students.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Children at Viera Charter School started back to school the day after spring break Tuesday, March 24, greeted by their teacher’s face on a computer screen, and the smiles of other students.

Students at traditional Brevard Public Schools will start on Monday and will be greeted by a collection of assignments to complete and no live instruction for the most part.

“I just want to say thank you to Charter School Associates, Viera Charter School administration, and the teachers for working so hard to get our children learning again,” parent Elizabeth Logan said.

“I know most gave up time over spring break to take calls and strategize. Having these classes live, and recorded for those who can’t attend during the live times, is so important for our kiddos. To be able to actually see and hear their teachers and classmates during this chaotic time is invaluable. I could cry just thinking about it. Thank you for bringing a tiny sense of normalcy for them.”

The private, nonprofit Viera Charter School is locally owned and governed by a board of local community members and contracts for management oversight with Charter School Associates.

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Viera Charter School provided online training last Monday for faculty in their homes on the use of Microsoft Teams, which allows a teacher to address all his or her students via the computer screen in real-time.

Students can “raise their hand” and be called on, which allows their face to be seen by all other students.

“I’m so proud of our teachers, and also very pleased with our students who have caught on quickly to this new technology this week,” said Viera Charter School principal Dr. Julie Cady.

“The school’s educational technology manager, Saxon Boucher, remains at school addressing any technology obstacle teachers or parents might have, and distributing laptops so that all students will have a station of their own for the duration of time they must learn from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Viera Charter School fourth-grader Catie Grandey loves having her teacher and friends safely at her fingertips. (Doug Grandey image)

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