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Hamilton Schools officials acknowledge problems with virtual learning program

Journal-News |

Mike Holbrook, superintendent told the board, the problems with the contractor-supplied computer program are being addressed but in hindsight the supplier “over-promised and under delivered.”

“There was a general misunderstanding of what VLI was,” said Rick Pate, executive director of secondary programs. “Many families thought it would be what it (at home learning) was last (school) year,” after all Ohio K-12 schools were ordered closed, he said. “Some families thought it (VLI) would be an easier route,” said Pate. But, he added, the VLI program “requires a significant parent involvement” of three to four hours a day, especially for younger students.

Holbrook last week announced families enrolled in the VLI program, who were originally obligated to stay in the at-home program for the first semester, will soon be allowed to opt out under the district’s new scheduling returning to live classes for all students starting next month.