HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Many parents are trying to imagine what schools will look like in the fall with the COVID-19 pandemic still in play.

Since the plans were released by the state, people received a glimpse of in-class learning.

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The state also unveiled options for online learning in the form of the CT Learning Hub.

Channel 3 browsed a newly released website.

The actual online curriculum will still be crafted by each school district.

However, the CT Learning Hub is just a supplement to help parents and students.

“This is a flexible resource that they can make work for them,” said Irene Parisi, Department of Education chief academic officer.

Parisi said the state is entering a new era of learning.

“In my 20 years of being in Connecticut as an educator, I haven’t seen anything like this,” she said.

There is a “learn platform” that helps teachers craft content. Khan Academy, however, runs the gamut. It has courses for preschoolers all the way to those practicing for the SATs and covers everything in between.

“They now have new and different ways to demonstrate their learning,” Parisi said.

Learning happens via video, audio, worksheets, and more. Students can even take a break from the math and science and explore other interests.

“The arts, music, physical education, health, social and emotional well being,” Parisi said.

There’s so much content students can get lost in it, but Parisi wants to reiterate, it is not meant to be a full curriculum.

“This isn’t to replace what they’re doing at the district level, it’s really mean to be a complement, even supplement to what they’re doing,” Parisi said.

Eyewitness News asked if districts can use the online hub for those who want to learn from home.

“I think we need to be mindful of the needs of each district. Every community is very different, and I think we don’t want to dictate what they have to do,” Parisi said.

The Department of Education says the hub is just the beginning. The state wants to build off it.

In fact, there is still an area of the website that has yet to be built. There’s expected to be a lot of enriching content added to it in the weeks and months to come.

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