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Distance Learning Program

Information and Resources for Students

Welcome to the Barrow County School System Distance Learning Program for the 2020-21 school year. We’ve compiled information to help answer your questions about how distance learning will operate this upcoming school year. If you have questions, please contact your school administration.

Parent Tips

•  Review student’s school-specific schedule in Infinite Campus.
•  Help students establish a daily routine.
•  Identify a working space for students.
•  Ensure students have the technical tools they need.
•  Check Infinite Campus and Google Classroom regularly with student(s).
•  Sign up for Google Guardian to get email updates on your child's Google Classroom progress. (Gmail account required.)
•  Help students contact teachers for support if needed. Students should use posted office hours first and rely on email as a secondary support.

Elementary School

Each elementary school is organizing orientation for students that will be scheduled the week of August 10th through the 14th. Please check your school's website and social media for updated information.

Pre-K teachers will email or post activities online for families to complete independently with their child. Families will receive information from their Pre-K classroom teacher before the first day of school. 

For questions, please email Karen Bedford

Teachers will post their daily lessons, activities, assignments and information in their Google Classroom. The following schedule represents a possible distance learning schedule. The order of classes will vary based on the student's class schedule. For kindergarten through 2nd grade, each day will run from 7:30am until 2:00pm. It will begin and end with a live class meeting with the teacher. 

* Independent Work Sessions may include:
●    Independent writing
●    Independent math practice
●    Skill practice activities
●    Guided reading groups, writing groups, or math groups through Google Meet
●    Individual reading, writing, or math conferences through Google Meet
●    Project-based learning
●    Choice boards
●    Small group work
●    Reteaching of individual students or small groups
●    Formative assessment
●    English Language Support
●    EIP support
●    Support with IEP goals and objectives

Teachers will post their daily lessons, activities, assignments, and information in their Google Classroom. The following schedule represents a possible distance learning schedule. The order of classes will vary based on the student's class schedule. For 3rd through 5th grade, each day will run from 7:30am until 2:00pm. It will begin and end with a live class meeting with the teacher. 

* Independent Work Sessions may include:
●    Independent writing
●    Independent math practice
●    Skill practice activities
●    Guided reading groups, writing groups, or math groups through Google Meet
●    Individual reading, writing, or math conferences through Google Meet
●    Project-based learning
●    Choice boards
●    Small group work
●    Reteaching of individual students or small groups
●    Formative assessment
●    English Language Support
●    EIP support
●    Support with IEP goals and objectives

We've compiled links that will help parents and students when utilizing our technology platforms. For additional questions, please contact your child's distance learning teacher.

Middle School

Distance Learners will attend an online orientation on Thursday, August 13th. They will receive information from their school with additional details. 

For Distance Learners enrolled in the Arts and Innovation Magnet, orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12th. Your teachers will be in touch with additional details. Attend based on the first letter of your last name. 

  • 9:30-10:30am - A-G
  • 11:00-12:00pm - H-M
  • 1:00-2:00pm - N-S
  • 2:30-3:30pm - T-Z

The following schedule represents a possible distance learning student schedule. The order of classes will vary from student to student depending on their class schedule (just as it does for students in a traditional learning environment).

Within each class period, teachers will structure the time differently. For example, the ELA teacher may start off with a 15 minute class discussion on Google Classroom to introduce a topic. Then students may be asked to work independently or in small groups on an activity. The class may come back together to review the work or they may be asked to upload what they completed that day. Students may still be assigned homework that needs to be completed and turned in by class the following day, or other deadline given. Individual teachers will give students more information as they get started learning together. 

We've compiled links that will help parents and students when utilizing our technology platforms. For additional questions, please contact your child's distance learning teacher.

High School

Distance Learning students will be invited to attend a virtual orientation by their teacher during the week of August 10th-14th.

The following schedule represents a possible distance learning student schedule. The order of classes will vary from student to student depending on their class schedule (just as it does for students in a traditional learning environment).

Within each class period, teachers will structure the time differently. For example, the Chemistry teacher may start off with a 15 minute class discussion on Google Classroom to introduce a topic. Then students may be asked to work independently or in small groups on an activity. The class may come back together to review the work or they may be asked to upload what they completed that day. Students may still be assigned homework that needs to be completed and turned in by class the following day, or other deadline given. Individual teachers will give students more information as they get started learning together. 

At the high school level, students will utilize a combined model of Edmentum Courseware and/or the Georgia Virtual School (GAVS). Schools will help facilitate the registration process for students.

  1. Edmentum Courseware is a learning platform that teachers may use with students. Click to learn more about Edmentum Courseware. (Espanol)
  2. Georgia Virtual School (GAVS)

We've compiled links that will help parents and students when utilizing our technology platforms. For additional questions, please contact your child's distance learning teacher.

Technology Support

Distance Learners will be expected to be online and engaged in their learning each school day.

Purchasing a Device

In you are looking to purchase a device for use at home, our Information Technology Team has put together guidelines and considerations to help you make the best purchase. Read more here.

Requesting a Device from BCSS

BCSS has limited devices that may be checked out by students. If available, devices will be distributed on an as needed basis. We will do our best to accommodate requests for Chromebooks to be used for distance learning, but we cannot guarantee that we can provide a device to a distance learning student. Please contact your school to request a device. Families will be responsible for providing their own internet access.

Families that already have a Chromebook (from the spring) and are continuing distance learning will not need to return their devices and pick up new ones. They can continue to use the one they have now, even if they are switching to another school in the district.

Support

If you are having technical issues with BCSS Chromebooks signed out to your student, please email student support at studentsupport@barrow.k12.ga.us. Please note this email can only answer technical questions regarding Chromebooks. For other issues, such as obtaining a Chromebook or alternatives to technology use, please reach out to your child’s principal.

Meals

We will post updates here about how distance learners can pick up meals at schools. More information will be coming soon. 

EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL DISTANCE LEARNING

  • 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.

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.

Switching to In-Person Instruction

Students can return from Distance Learning to In-person, but only at particular points in the instructional year.

  • High school students: completion of the first semester
  • Elementary and middle students: 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.

Please talk to your school administrator if you plan to switch between distance learning and in-person learning.

Upcoming Events

August 10

Orientation

Start: Aug 10, 2020 End: Aug 14, 2020

Multi-Day Event

August 17
August 25

BOE Work Session

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM