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Sharp Academy begins distance learning

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Schools in our area are moving forward with the academic year, and one is ahead of the curve in teaching students remotely.

The process began in early March. Sharp Academy, a private Christian college preparatory school for students with Dyslexia, ADHD, and other Language Processing Disorders, worked with other schools within the International Dyslexia Association to formulate the best distance learning plan for its students.

Manda Moralez, the principal at Sharp Academy, said the school is using Zoom, a remote conferencing service.

"We as teachers, we log on with the students, we send out their emails," Moralez said. "The process began on Monday morning with a training for the teachers early in the morning, and then in the afternoon, we trained the parents and students."

Students are still following much of the same structure as they would in the classroom, Moralez said.

"It's pretty good. It's like normal school, just the social part is different," Coleman Shields, an 8th grader at Sharp Academy, said. "Adapting to it is a little bit hard. But you'll get it after a day or two."

Dave Dawson, whose granddaughter attends Sharp, spent 40 years in computing and said the academy's distance learning structure is "extraordinary."

"It was easy for the students. Of course, most of these students are pretty computer savvy anyway, but bringing this in and making it so seamless and doing the preparation that Sharp did, I think has enabled this to be really, really nice," Dawson said.

Another parent, Jaime Greer, said it is important the students are still able to learn amid the chaos many parents are going through.

"There's a lot of stress factors that are kind of going on every single day, and so for these kids to be able to continue to do what they know and learn, and that the school has provided that in an effortless way for them, that's worth more than gold," Greer said.

The academy is prepared to teach virtually through the end of the school year, Moralez said.

"Even if the students are able to come back anytime between the rest of the nine weeks, they can do so seamlessly and just right back where picked up," she said.

The academy is also still allowing enrollment. For more information, click here.

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