Judy: New tools can help students succeed despite COVID-19 challenges

Judy: New tools can help students succeed despite COVID-19 challenges

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, August 20, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Aug. 20, 2020) – State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) said new resources are available to help students succeed, especially as COVID-19 complicates the start of the school year.

"As schools start, this will be unlike any other year for Hoosier students and educators," Judy said. "Our children's learning should continue despite these unique circumstances, and resources are available to help parents and students stay on track." 

Whether returning to school for in-person instruction, or participating in remote- or e-learning, Judy 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.

According to Judy, 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

"Our local PBS station offers resources that can be used in conjunction with remote- and e-learning," Judy said. "With a wide variety of programs tailored to meet the needs of Hoosier students, all parents should look into adding this resource to their toolbelt."

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. Judy said students can call 877-ASK-ROSE or chat live online with a tutor to work through homework assignments.

Judy 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. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 83,

which includes portions of Allen and Whitley counties.

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