Laptops out and headphones on, a class of Weaver Middle School sixth-graders followed instructions from their teacher.

The school is one of three in Bibb County that began using virtual teachers in the classroom this fall. The school board approved the hire of seven more at its Nov. 17 meeting.

“We actually had a need for it,” said Shandra Yarbrough, principal of King Elementary. The school has two virtual teachers, both in Alabama, for its second-grade class, with each instructing half a day.

“Our second-grade classrooms right now are oversized, so we were having difficulty finding a certified teacher since there is a shortage. We were unsuccessful in finding someone who was a good fit for the school.”

The online staff is provided through a contract with Proximity Learning, an online education provider based in Austin, Texas.


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