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Learning from home

Updated 4/16

Please review the guidelines below for the continuation of remote learning at each school level. For information about the end of the year plans, please see our April 17 update.

Elementary School Guidelines

  • The elementary instructional focus will be on the Literacy and Mathematics priority standards.
  • Learning Choice Boards in K-5 will continue to be provided for students to use as supplemental activities.
  • Pre-K students will continue using learning choice boards or activities provided by Bright from the Start. Pre-K teachers may send additional information to their students.
  • Starting April 20, 2020 - Teachers will begin teaching Literacy & Math lessons using Google classroom and other online tools such as Seesaw, etc. Science and Social Studies standards may be integrated with literacy and math lessons or projects as appropriate.
  • Teachers will post assignments and activities by 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday. Teachers will follow the weekly schedule below: 
    • Monday and Tuesday - Literacy Lesson and Activity
    • Wednesday and Thursday - Mathematics Mini-Lesson and Activity
    • Friday - Make-up Day/School Choice - Students may finish any unfinished work, enjoy the day with their families, enjoy more time outdoors, spend the day being creative
  • Students in grades K-3 will receive instructional information from their teacher. Teachers will use Google Classroom as a teaching platform. Teachers may ask students to submit assignments via Google Classroom or Seesaw, etc.
  • Students in grade 4-5 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 should follow the expectations and deadlines set by their teachers for completing activities and submitting assignments.
  • Teachers may give several assignments during the week. However, teachers in grades K-3 will review and give feedback to students on at least one literacy and one math assignment per week. Teachers in grades 4 & 5 will grade/give feedback on at least one assignment per week per subject for the remainder of the remote learning period.
  • Students and families should continue to contact teachers with questions or concerns via email.

Middle and High School Guidelines

  • Students will login to Google Classroom each day and follow their daily class schedules for accessing class content, activities and assignments.
  • Students should follow expectations and deadlines set by teachers for completing activities and submitting assignments.
  • Teachers will post that day’s lesson, materials, activities, assignments, etc. by 9 a.m.
  • Fridays will be a day for students and staff to get caught up with the week's assignments and work. Students who have submitted assignments for the week can read, use digital resources for reinforcement/enrichment, or spend some much-needed time getting fresh air outside. Teachers will continue to be available on Fridays to help students get caught up on all assignments.
  • Students should keep in contact with teachers via messaging features and/or email if they have any questions or concerns about content.
  • A minimum of one grade per week will be entered in Infinite Campus. Students and families should continue to contact teachers with questions or concerns via Infinite Campus or email.

Dual Enrollment guidelines

  • Students will follow the college schedule.
  • Each scheduled class day, students will login to college courses via Blackboard or as directed by their college instructors.
  • Students will follow the college class schedule and access class content, activities, and assignments as directed by the instructor.
  • Students shall follow expectations and deadlines set by college instructors for completing activities and submitting assignments.
  • Students shall contact college instructors with questions or concerns about content, due dates, etc. using the official college email address assigned or other messaging options provided by the instructor.
  • Students who have difficulty communicating with the college instructor are responsible for contacting the high school coordinator at the college. Students may also contact the Career Center Coordinator or the High School Counselor for assistance.
  • For further guidance, students may contact the Dual Enrollment Coordinator at sherri.perry@barrow.k12.ga.us.

Special Education Information

BCSS special education teachers will be available for communicating with students and parents/guardians of both students on their caseload and with the special education students that they teach regarding these guidelines for the continuation of remote learning. Special education teachers will plan and implement differentiated instruction to include modifications and accommodations as outlined in Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for the students that they teach. Assistive technologies, to include items such as text read-aloud, will be made available to those students requiring such accommodations as outlined in IEPs.

Parents and families are able to participate in virtual IEP meetings. BCSS special education teachers are available for communicating with parents/guardians regarding virtual IEP meetings and other IEP information for the students on their caseload. Additionally, special education students should be assessed on IEP goal progress during the distance learning process to the extent possible.

Last Day of Teaching & Learning

Final Date to Assign New Content:
Seniors: May 7, 2020
Students K-11th: May 14, 2020

Final Date to Submit Work:
All students: May 20, 2020

Report Cards:
Electronic report cards will be available by 5 p.m. on May 22, 2020 through Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you don't have a Parent Portal account yet, here are the steps.

Important Reminders

  1. All Barrow County digital resources are free. Parents and students should not use any website or resource prompting any form of payment for access or subscriptions.
  2. For attendance purposes, students should login and communicate with their teachers each day.
  3. Students who do not complete assignments will have an opportunity to make up assignments, as appropriate.

Suggestions for Student Schedules and Routines

Try to keep up with regular routines. During school closures, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities. Suggestions for daily schedules and learning activities from Khan Academy are included in the links below: 

Khan Academy Student Schedules also available in the following languages:

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