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  • GCPS Digital Learning Updates

    Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will open the 2020-21 school year on August 12 with all students receiving digital instruction. 

    What will digital learning look like in the Fall of 2020?

    Teachers will provide both live (synchronous) and recorded (asynchronous) lessons and independent work. This means that students will be required to participate in digital instruction on a specific schedule with their teachers (synchronous learning), and also complete activities and assignments (asynchronous learning) on their own time to meet assignment deadlines.

    • Students will receive quality instruction on all grade-level standards, learning the district’s Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.
    • Instruction and support will be provided by teachers and staff from the student’s local school.
    • For the most part, the digital learning day will follow the same operational hours as the in-person school day.
    • Students will access assignments through eCLASS C&I course pages, but teachers also may use digital resources such as Google Classroom, SAFARI Montage, etc.
    • Students will attend synchronous (live) online sessions with teachers through Zoom, Google Meet, and/or Teams Meet.
    • Schools and/or clusters will have standardized processes for where and how assignments are posted and accessed by students.
    • Teachers will provide schedules detailing which lessons will be done in synchronous sessions. Synchronous sessions will be recorded. This will allow students and parents to review the sessions, and will make them available to students who occasionally cannot attend a live session.
    • Schools will provide specific information to support students and parents around digital learning processes and protocols.
    • Additional student and parent support resources will be available on the district web page and in the student portal.
    • The updated GCPS Parent Portal, rolling out in August, will make it easier for parents to see assignments, including missing ones. It also will allow parents to access student information, including gradebook data, discipline, report cards, transcripts, calendars, and more.