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About Third of US Military Run Schools for K-12 to Start Remotely

About Third of US Military Run Schools for K-12 to Start Remotely
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By    |   Thursday, 13 August 2020 10:34 PM

About a third of 159 schools run by the Department of Defense worldwide will start classes for students online in the next month, including half of those in the United States, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Nine schools at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and another five at Fort Benning in Georgia will open with remote instruction, making up more than half of the 25 that will begin out of the classroom. The Department of Defense runs 50 schools in the United States.

That is the most in terms of percentage of any of the three regions where the Pentagon operates schools. Only two of 64 schools in the Europe region – both of which are in the Persian Gulf country of Bahrain – will begin classes remotely and 19 of 45 in the Pacific region, seven of which are at Kadena Air Force Base on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa.

Schools that open will require students to wear facial coverings, keep their distance and observe other precautionary measures, the Military Times reported.

The remote instruction is meant to be temporary until local conditions improve, according to Thomas Brady, the executive director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

“My priorities as the director of DoDEA is to open schools in a safe environment for our children and our staff and our teachers,” he said according to Stars & Stripes.

The military also has a virtual school, which has been accredited for high school students for the past 10 years but is expanding to include kindergarten through eighth grade. The virtual school courses are meant to be started and completed online.

While the vast majority of children of full-time active duty military personnel attend regular public schools, as of Wednesday, 35,989 students were enrolled for classroom instruction in DoDEA schools and another 15,540 for remote learning, Defense Department spokeswoman Lisa Lawrence said. An additional 10,028 students in K-12 are enrolled in the virtual school.

Of the virtual students, 4,330 virtual are in seven states in the U.S. with 3,184 in Europe and another 2,158 in the Pacific.

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