By Ray King
As schools around the country prepare to open next month, administrators, including Steven Bloomberg, President of Southeast Arkansas College, are preparing to do things differently.
Bloomberg appeared on the Oldies 101.3 morning show and said that the digital divide is deeper than was originally thought, explaining that some students might not have chrome books or lap tops, and even If they have internet, they might not have broadband so accessing a class through Zoom is difficult.
“Our challenge, like any other educational institution is figuring out how do you mitigate the risks,” he said. “We can’t mitigate all the risks but how do we mitigate risks to the nest of our ability and provide the services that those students need to be successful.?”
Bloomberg said when classes do resume in August, masks and social distancing will be required.
Those classes will be offered in real time and Bloomberg said “I think in a way this will change how we deliver services and as we look on the next five or ten years, perhaps what we’re doing now will set the stage for what is to come.”
Bloomberg also talked about a new course SEARK will be offering beginning this fall.