DeVon, Wesco: New tools can help students succeed despite COVID-19 challenges

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Friday, August 14, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 14, 2020) – State Reps. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) and Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) said new resources are available to help students succeed, especially as COVID-19 complicates the start of the school year.

"This school year is a little different for everyone, and it will take parents and teachers working together to ensure students continue to learn and thrive," said DeVon, member of the House Education Committee. "Families can turn to these online tools to help navigate the new year and keep their children on track."

Whether returning to school for in-person instruction, or participating in remote- or e-learning, DeVon said the Indiana Department of Education offers online resources to start the school year strong. Parents can find information on internet access, providers of high-speed broadband at a reduced rate and how to qualify for a free computer, all by visiting doe.in.gov. Students can also access educational activities sorted by grade level and subject area, including writing prompts, a free e-library, physical education and art programs. This website also provides information on health and safety guidelines that families can review when students return to the classroom, including help with face covering guidelines.

According to DeVon, IDOE partnered with Indiana Public Broadcast Stations in the spring to connect families to educational television programing and online resources aligned to Indiana's academic standards. He said these programs are still available and can be accessed at PBSLearningMedia.org. Parents can find their local station and TV schedule by visiting IPBS.org.

For free help completing assignments and tutoring, students can turn to AskRose.org. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's AskRose Homework Help is a free math and science tutoring service for Hoosier students in grades 4-12. Wesco said students can call 877-ASK-ROSE or chat live online with a tutor to work through homework assignments.    

"Sometimes students get stuck on an assignment or need a concept explained in a different way," Wesco said. "There are several tutoring options out there, but AskRose is a free resource available online or by phone, and the tutors are trained to help work through the problems with the students."

He said schools and officials are launching the new school year with plans based on local COVID-19 data, and families should visit their local school websites for the most up-to-date information.

More resources and information can be found at doe.in.gov.

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State Rep. Dale DeVon (R-Granger) represents House District 5, which includes portions of St. Joseph County.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

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