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Distance Learning

Updated: 7/30

Learning takes place virtually without being in regular face-to-face contact with a teacher inside the classroom. It involves scheduled, online, teacher-prepared lessons which students complete outside of the school building. Education will continue, even though students and teachers are not in the same physical location.

  • Students will receive quality instruction on all grade-level standards. See details here.
  • If you choose Distance Learning, you will be asked to certify that you have access to a device, the internet, and are committed to the remote learning environment for the duration.
  • Instruction and support will be provided by Barrow County teachers and staff.
  • The expectations and rigor will mirror in-person instruction, and there will be a significant commitment from families to help facilitate Distance Learning.
    • Daily attendance requirements
    • Daily class meetings and video conferences via Google Meet
    • Assignments will be graded
  • Full school day, Monday-Friday, following a daily class schedule.
  • The deadline to enroll in Distance Learning is July 17, 2020 to ensure your student is set-up online by the first day of school. (The enrollment window was open from July 6 through July 17.)
  • Students new to the district that register after July 17 can be enrolled after that date in Distance Learning, but doing so will potentially result in delays in instruction being provided.

Parents/guardians should also note that their child’s teacher may not be physically located at the school for which the student is zoned to attend. If a parent/guardian selects to switch to in-person instruction, their child may have a different teacher. Barrow County School System will be staffing in-person and Distance Learning positions with existing teachers.

  • Elementary students will be able to access learning resources using Clever, a single sign-on portal.
  • Students can transition between in-person and Distance Learning at the end of the nine weeks.
  • Grades Pre-K to 2nd: Students will receive instructional information from their teacher. Teachers will use Google Classroom as their teaching platform. Students may be asked to submit assignments via Google Classroom or Seesaw.
  • Grades 3-5: Students will login to Google Classroom each day. Teachers will post lessons, activities, assignments, etc. in Google Classroom.  Students will also be asked to submit assignments via Google Classroom.
  • Students may not be left home alone during the day.
  • Students will log on to Google Classroom to access their Distance Learning lessons, assignments and materials daily.
  • Students can transition between in-person and Distance Learning at the end a 9-week period.
  • Students should not be left home alone during the day.
  • Distance Learning for high school will be provided through the Barrow Online Campus (BOC).
  • Barrow County School System currently provides and will expand high school virtual learning through the Barrow Online Campus (BOC) program.
  • Parents/guardians and students who may be interested in this option for 2020-2021 should visit the Barrow Online Campus website to learn more about the course offerings.
  • Students will still maintain official enrollment at their school and will, therefore, be able to participate in school activities/athletics. Students who do not attend school due to COVID-19 health concerns may not participate in school/activities/athletics until cleared to return to school.
  • The deadline to enroll in Distance Learning is July 17, 2020 to ensure your student is set-up online by the first day of school on August 4.
  • Students new to the district that register after July 17 can be enrolled after that date in Distance Learning, but doing so will potentially result in delays in instruction being provided.
  • Students can transition between face-to-face and Distance Learning at the end of the semester.
  • Please click the button below to enroll in Distance Learning:

Expectations for All Distance Learning:

  • Students can return from Distance Learning to live school, but only at particular points in the instructional year. For high school students that point is the completion of the first semester, while for elementary and middle students that will be at the completion of each 9-week instructional period. Exceptions can be made if determined by an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) committee, a Section 504 committee, or at principal’s discretion.
  • Parent/guardians agree to participate in provided methods to verify daily attendance and participation, which will be provided prior to the first day of school. Truancy laws cannot be waived by the system and parents who do not consistently ensure their students meet attendance guidelines would be subject to the standard truancy consequences.
  • Students would be subject to the BCSS Code of Conduct while participating in Distance Learning.
  • Students will still be enrolled at their zoned/home school while participating in Distance Learning, and principals of that school would have administrative discretion over Distance Learning students the same as any student in their building.
  • Parents/guardians agree to have their student participate in required district assessments depending on student grade level. Such assessments will be outlined at the beginning of the program and would include both at-home test taking options as well as options to take at school (in a controlled environment) depending on the assessment.
  • Students in the Distance Learning program may participate in extracurricular activities and athletics to the degree that is feasible. Some activities will not be accessible to Distance Learning students depending on when they are held and the nature of the activity. Principals hold final decision on when a Distance Learning student can or cannot participate in an extracurricular activity.
  • The district will work with families to try to ensure each household has technology necessary to successfully participate in Distance Learning.
  • The Distance Learning program will be in effect for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. Its existence in subsequent years will be determined at some future point based on system discretion and public health circumstances.

Please note that for the 2020-21 school year, report cards will be available online through Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. They will not be sent home or mailed.

FAQ

Yes. Student attendance will be taken daily. Students are expected to be ready to learn following their daily school schedule. For example, if first period starts at 8:30 a.m., that is when distance learning will also begin.

We are diligently working to offer AP and honors classes to our students through the Barrow Online Campus. Please talk to your counselor about your schedule.

Yes. The graduation requirement is that a student completes a pathway, which is three classes in a fine arts, foreign language, or CTAE subject. This requirement will be waived if that is not possible this year.

Yes. Students will be enrolled in a distance learning class, which will be separate from in-person classes.

High-quality instruction is expected for all courses. Concerns with the quality of instruction can be addressed through school administration. Variations with instruction can be shared with the school administration.

While your child is expected to complete the school day online and follow their schedule, they will not have to sit at a computer for 8 hours straight. Instructional activities will vary, and there will be times that students will work independently on assigned activities.

Be sure to check Infinite Campus and review your child’s schedule together. Further information will come from individual teachers. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you need to discuss a schedule change.

Students will need to log in for each class at the scheduled time. Be sure to check Infinite Campus and review your child’s schedule together. Further information will come from individual teachers.

BCSS bell schedules have changed for the 2020-21 school year.

Bell Schedules

AHS & WBHS
8:30am-3:35pm

BASA
7:30am-3:05pm

Middle School
8:30am-3:10pm

AIM
9am-2:30pm

Pre-K & Elementary
7:30am-2pm

Yes, students will maintain their eligibility for gifted services.

Distance learning will follow the Georgia Standards of Excellence. The scope and sequence of their curriculum will align with in-person learning.

Learning choice boards will be available for Pre-K students and parents. Students will be able to connect with students through video conferences. We are also expecting additional guidelines to be provided from Georgia’s Bright from the Start.

Our special education department is working on developing and finalizing plans for families who are opting for distance learning. Please contact your school program specialist or district coordinator if you have additional questions.

Student accommodations will still be upheld according to your child’s IEP. Please contact your school program specialist or district coordinator if you have additional questions. 


BCSS policies and procedures are intended to mitigate not eliminate risk. No single action or set of actions will completely eliminate risk of COVID-19 transmission, but implementation of several coordinated interventions can greatly reduce that risk.

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Additional resources

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention