Remote Learning

Preparing for Remote Learning
Posted on 09/04/2020
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Week 11 - Remote Learning - Nov 2 through Nov 6

Superintendent's Letter - Get Ready for Remote Learning - Week 11
 

Remote Learning: As previously announced, we have remote learning next week (Monday, 11/2 - Friday, 11/6) for elementary (3rd-5th grades), middle school and high school students. All students will not have classes on Tuesday, 11/3. Tuesday is Election Day. It is a short, four-day week for students.

 

  • Week 11 of remote learning is for grades 3-12.
  • All early childhood students (3K-2nd grades) will continue with face-to-face instruction at their school. Buses for early childhood elementary school routes will run at normal times; however, times may vary as much as 15-20 minutes with fewer passengers.
  • Pickens County Virtual Academy (PCVA) will not have classes on Tuesday, 11/3.
  • Specific plans involving additional face-to-face learning for special populations and the Career & Technology Center will be communicated locally.
  • Report cards, originally scheduled to go home on Thursday, 11/5, will go home on Monday, 11/9. 
  • Athletics will continue as scheduled.
 

Meals & Meal Delivery: Breakfast and lunch continue to be free for all children under the age of 18 (and special needs adults up to age 21) during the remote learning week except for Tuesday, 11/3. Students do not have to be enrolled at the school to receive meals. Meals include breakfast and lunch.

 

  • Elementary schools will prepare and serve meals normally for 3K-2nd graders.
  • All schools offer curbside pick-up (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) except on Tuesday, 11/3.  Five days of meals will be provided. 
  • Buses will deliver meals via bus stops on two days next week: Monday, 11/2 (two days of meals) and Wednesday, 11/4 (three days of meals).
  • PCVA students can pick up meals from any school. Five days of meals will be provided. Because this is an on-going procedure, weekly emails will no longer be sent out to pre-order meals.

 

Technology: During week 8 of remote learning, some schools provided large spaces for students with connectivity issues to come to the school to complete their assignments. Because of its success, all schools will offer this service again. Contact your school in advance if your student would like to participate.  Additionally, we offer services for families who have connectivity issues during remote learning, and you can visit the school’s website for information on how to get technical support.

 

Stay Healthy: We are approaching the time of year when individuals normally experience flu, colds, and other seasonal illnesses.  All of these along with the added concerns for COVID-19 will be a challenge for our schools. A data team reviews cases and quarantines daily. The COVID-19 Case Report is updated weekly for the community.  As we continue to protect the safety and well-being of everyone in our schools, staff and students should not come to school if they are not feeling well.  Please stay home when you are sick.  Click here for more information about symptoms, absences, and homebound.


General Information during Remote Learning

Expectations and Attendance

During remote learning this year, our goal is to make sure that students are accountable for their attendance and learning. When schools closed in the spring, our state and our district took a relaxed approach to student attendance and grading. However, our students can’t afford the amount of learning loss that may happen if we do not prepare for rigorous learning to continue even if schools were to close.
According to attendance guidelines from the South Carolina Department of Education, a student is marked present only if he/she meets one of the below criteria:

  • Attends the live Webex with the teacher
  • Views the recorded Webex & completes a verification activity assigned by the teacher 
  • Completes the teacher assigned activities by the deadlines posted

The school day for elementary students will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For middle and high school students, the school day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Schools will communicate the exact schedules for classes, breaks, lunch, recess, etc.
Details of what students may expect during their day will depend on their school, grade, and teacher. For a more detailed look at overall expectations by age group, you can check out our Remote Learning Expectations for Students & Families.
Please also be sure that you know how to communicate with each of your child’s teachers before Remote Learning begins, and direct questions to the teacher first. 

Access Food

Food Service During Remote Learning

Access Remote Learning Tools

Parents and students should prepare now to make sure that they can log in to the programs they need in order to participate in Remote Learning. Each student (with the help of a parent when necessary) should be able to:

Access work in their Schoology folder
Participate in Webex meetings

Find resources on ClassLink Launchpad

Many of our teachers have already begun to show students how they will access Webex, Schoology, and Classlink. If you have questions about the login information for you or your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Technology Support During Remote Learning

Superintendent's Letter - Getting Ready for Remote Learning - Week 8