RPS families prepare to start school Wednesday

Garrett Short
Created: September 01, 2020 07:02 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Families in the Rochester Public Schools system are preparing to start the school year on Wednesday.

Bryan Wattier is a father of two children in Rochester. One 15-year-old ready for distance learning at Century High School and a 9-year-old, who they are trying something new with.


"We decided to do a different path with him and we are actually going to enroll him on an online school called Connections Academy," Wattier said.

With the prospect of so much online learning, Wattier wanted to make sure that his youngest son was getting the help he needed from people that have experience teaching through technology.

"We actually wanted to make sure that we were consistent. He has some special learning issues and we just wanted to make sure that he has the proper success for the school year."

Wattier says that RPS has done a good job preparing for distance learning, but the real work begins Wednesday.

"I think all of the teachers have a challenge this year to doing online education. It's a whole different concept from in-person teaching," Wattier said.

The responsibility to provide a full education does not completely fall on the shoulders of the teachers, says Wattier. He believes that parents will have to step up more than ever this year.

"That's the burden which is actually going to fall most on us as parents is that we're making sure that they're getting what they need, that they're not falling behind, and just watching the curriculum as it comes through. This year we're going to be very involved with our children."

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