School adds online classes in response to new vaccination laws

REDDING, Calif. – Redding School of the Arts has added a virtual independent study program because of the new vaccination laws, according to Denise Humphrey who is the virtual school coordinator at RSA.

She said between their home school program and the virtual school they have about 50 students. So far about half are vaccinated, something that surprised Humphrey.

“We wanted to be able to offer services to those families who would no longer be able to have their children in regular attendance,” she said.

Humphrey explained they will be using a program called K12 Fueled Ed, that will be offered to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

“The students will be monitoring themselves…and I as the instructor, I will be assigning them lessons. They go onto their site, they will see the lessons that I assigned, click on the lessons and work through the lessons,” she explained.

However, the younger students will have the majority of their material sent to their home.

“So the younger the child the more there needs to be a parent to child contact for instruction,” Humphrey stated.

Whether a child is vaccinated or not, this is an option for students in Shasta County, as well as the surrounding counties, Humphrey noted.

Children who are not vaccinated will not be able to attend field trips or activities on campus.

However, there are other options.

“We provide for our families who are non-vax, vaccinated, a $1,000 for a vendor, for vendors in town, approved vendors, such as piano lessons, dance lessons,”Humphrey said. “Plus we lend them a Chrome-book for the use of the year,”.

Humphrey stated they are the only school in Shasta County to offer this program.

She said they have about 20 seats open.

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