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Fall 2020 Distance Learning

Distance learning takes place when the students and teacher are not physically present in a traditional classroom setting and must rely on technology to connect them instead. Students will participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning.

Synchronous learning occurs when students and teachers are online at the same time (live instruction). Teachers will connect with their classes via video meetings for live instruction.

Asynchronous learning occurs when students can access recorded information and complete work on their own (independently). Information will be relayed online through discussion boards, video conferencing, and other methods. Students will be able to access classroom lessons and materials and submit their assignments to their teachers using Google Classroom.

  • Consideration will be given to students and parents who are not able to follow the recommended schedule.
  • Videos will be archived so students can access teacher lessons, content, and assignments within the Google Classroom platform if they are unable to join the live lessons as recommended.
  • In an effort to limit screen time during the day, particularly with younger students, teachers will also provide activities that do not involve a computer.

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 emails on your child's Google Classroom progress. (Gmail account required and invite will come from a teacher.)
•  Help students contact teachers for support if needed. Students should use posted office hours first and rely on email as a secondary support.
•  Review Digital Instructional Resources to become familiar with them.

What Are the Expectations for Distance Learning?

Barrow County School System expects that all students log on to Google Classroom daily and be prepared for instruction.

Students should: Parents Should:
Log in to Google Classroom every school day so your attendance is counted. Check to make sure that your child is logging into Google Classroom every day as the BCSS Attendance Policy will be in effect.
Complete all of assignments through Google Classroom on time and to the best of your ability. Cooperate with and support teachers, your school, and school district policies.
Follow teachers' instructions and assigned schedule. Communicate with teachers regularly and as needed.
Focus during video conference time, making the most of all learning opportunities Work with your children to comply with all district requests regarding instruction and submission of assignments.
Ask for help from a teacher if needed. Students can chat, email, or video conference with their teachers. Understand that this is a very crucial time in your child's educational journey. Stay positive and remain flexible as situations occur.

Participate in intervention via LIVE video conference help sessions as needed.

Remember that we are better and stronger TOGETHER and our students deserve all of us working together during this time. The quality of their education depends on it.
Be engaged in your learning.  


What Will a School Day Look Like?

Distance learning will be different from the at-home learning offered by BCSS last spring. There will be daily scheduled sessions with the teacher through Google Meet video-conferencing, the length of which will vary by grade and by class. Families can expect to have their students log on during the same hours that school is in session. For students who are unable to follow that regular school schedule, screencasts and video recordings will be available.

The BCSS Attendance Policy will remain in effect, and attendance will be recorded daily. Students are expected to make every effort to log into their Google Classroom during their assigned class time to attend a live or prerecorded session and complete daily assignments. Students that do so will be marked present for class in real time. On occasions when this is not possible, there are alternate ways for the student to access their instructional materials and assignments outside of the regular schedule in order to meet the daily attendance conditions and be counted as virtually present for class.

In order for a student to be marked “present” for class, they are expected to interact with teachers every day. This interaction may include any of the following:

  • Participation in live or pre-recorded instruction
  • Participation in teacher facilitated small group instruction
  • Completion of daily assignments, online forms, questions or surveys
  • Schedule and/or attend a meeting during the teacher’s office hours

Should a student not participate within 48 hours of their scheduled class time and nor meet the daily attendance conditions as described above, the student will be marked absent for that class by the end of the following school day. If you have concerns about your child not being able to submit work daily, please reach out to your child's teacher.

Notice to Parents and Students:

Please be aware these lessons are being recorded for instructional purposes. ​While participating in online education, it is strongly recommended students be provided a safe, quiet and private space in which to do their work. Please do not allow anything on your ​student's camera that you wouldn’t want your classmates, ​your student's teacher, administrator or ​other parents to see or hear. BCSS reserves the right to enforce the Student Code of Conduct in the online classroom to the extent that student conduct interferes in any way with the effective, respectful and civil operation of the classroom. If you do not want your child's image or voice to be a part of the recorded lesson, please turn off the camera and/or microphone or watch the recorded version instead of participating in the live streamed lesson.

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Upcoming Events

September 29

BOE Work Session

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 6

BOE Meeting

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM