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Boys Town Schools Transition to In-home Learning

This article was originally posted on ketv.com.


School districts across the country are transitioning to online learning, but the Boys Town Day School is taking a different approach.

There are 47 homes on Boys Town's campus. Each home has students ranging from fourth grade to seniors in high school.

“Most of them are three years behind in school and they need the luxury of having a teacher right there for any question that comes up during the school day," said Angie Powers, the executive director of Boys Town's home campus.

In the current climate, that's difficult. Still, Boys Towns unique platform makes it easier for teachers to have one-on-one time with a teacher.

Each home on campus has family teachers, which Powers describes as professional parents. Students live with these professional parents and the professional parents' families during the school year.

With eight or more students in a family across all grade levels, a complete transition to e-learning wasn't a good option. The district adjusted by bringing a teacher to each home.

“Anything they need help with. Today I've been helping with chemistry," said Theresa Burdick, a Boys Town teacher.

Burdick will help this group, or family, of students until school can resume, and each home on campus has been assigned a different teacher to help with in home learning.

“We try to exercise the same person being in there and making them kind of part of their education, their Boys Town home school family," said powers.

Normally Burdick teaches religion and leadership, now she's helping with everything from math and English to outdoor recreation time.

“Alliteration, and illusion and metaphor and simile, trying to remember all of that from my high school learning, because I had to help a student work through some of that stuff," said Burdick.

For the schoolwork Burdick doesn't have a great handle on, she can reach out to other teachers on campus, or other students in the home can help.

“Some of us are involved in the same classes, so therefore if she doesn't know an answer we can go to them to get that answer," said Kaleb Matheny, a senior at Boys Town High School.

Matheny says he likes having a teacher in his home, but, as a senior, he's missing out on a lot.

“A lot of our senior activities were canceled. It's been weird, I'd say weird," Matheny said.

At-home learning should still help flatten the curve, and Theresa said she thinks Boys Town's system is safe.

“Within their house they're very quarantined within them self, and I'm quarantined with my kids at my house. There's nowhere else we go between those two places," Burdick said.

Check out the full story from KETV.​