A new Brewer program allows kids who preferred remote classes to keep learning online

The Brewer School Department plans to grow a program that allows middle and high school students who came to prefer remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep taking at least some of their classes online. 

The department developed the Nu Program last fall when administrators realized some students were more successful with the shift to remote classes that happened in schools nationwide at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and were anxious about returning to in-person learning.

“Unfortunately, those kids were just forgotten as everybody transitioned back and those online programs shut down,” said Chris Moreau, Brewer’s Nu Program specialist. 

To aid those students, the department started the Nu Program using $250,000 the district received through the Maine Department of Education’s Rethinking Responsive Education Ventures grant. 

It’s a key effort in the Bangor area aimed at helping students who weren’t as eager as most of their classmates to return to full-time, in-person learning.

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