Tangipahoa prepares for e-class program

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - Tangipahoa Parish schools will implement virtual learning programs parishwide this school year, but that doesn't mean students will be sent home with a laptop and forgotten, district officials say.

The Advocate reports the School Board's Hammond Delegation, a group of board members representing the Hammond area, met with parents this past week to discuss the e-learning program and its effects on Hammond's Crystal Street campus.

The Crystal Street school, originally designed as a boot camp of sorts for students with disciplinary issues, will be open and running in 2012-13, but under a different format, Assistant Superintendent Lionel Jackson said.

Students in sixth through 12th grades will have the option of either taking classes online with weekly meetings with teachers or attending classes onsite, he said.

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