“Starting next week, our teachers plan to incorporate instruction on new concepts,” Bruhn said. “It will still be highly enrichment based.”
While Cumberland-Perry has to coordinate its instruction with 13 sending school districts, Carlisle is one of about a dozen school districts across Pennsylvania to offer vocational technical training in-house as part of its high school curriculum.
Of the 1,520 students enrolled at Carlisle High School, about 628 take some form of instruction through the Center for Careers and Technology, Parrillo said. Prior to the closure, the extent of involvement varied from one to three school periods per day depending on the program and the student.
For weeks, Carlisle has posted enrichment activities for students to do while administrators and faculty members developed a plan to return to more formal instruction in new material. While the Center for Careers and Technology will likely follow suit, the majority of its focus, by way of necessity, will continue to be on the theoretical side.
In a limited fashion, teachers have been allowed to enter Carlisle High School to retrieve equipment for use in producing instructional videos at home, Parrillo said. Teachers are mindful that the students would not have access at home to the technical equipment they have at school, he said.
Teachers are coming up with creative ways to teach online. A health care teacher, for example, recently produced a video that demonstrates the proper method of taking a person’s blood pressure.