What Will Digital Learning Look Like as We Begin the 20-21 School Year?
Digital instruction this fall will look very different than it did in the spring. Expectations for teachers and students will be consistent with those for in-person instruction. The digital school day will follow a daily schedule. School attendance will be expected and documented. And, students will receive grades and will take assessments to measure their learning.
With the move to 100% digital learning, GCPS leaders continue to address the challenges that we know exist in terms of student access to devices and reliable internet connections. The district will check out Chromebooks and internet hotspots to students, based on need, to ensure equitable access to quality digital learning.
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.
Details for the 2020-21 school year will continue to be shared on the district website and in SchoolMessenger updates, including plans for a return to in-school instruction once that is possible. See below for an overview of digital learning in the fall.
(Excerpts from article on GCPS website)
Current Internet Provider Offers (May 2020)
Internet Provider Offerings
We are aware of the followings extended and/or low-cost offerings by Internet providers in the Gwinnett area. This list may not be all-inclusive. We encourage you to check with your own service provider or others in the area for potential additional offerings.
Charter Spectrum Internet
- 100 mbps free including Wi-Fi to new subscribers with teachers, K-12 students, or college students in the home
- Contact information: 1-844-488-8395 (translation services available)
- In addition, Wi-Fi hotspots across public areas are available. See map at www.spectrum.com/Wi-Fi-hotspots
Comcast Internet Essentials
- 2 months free for eligible low-income households. Apply by June 30, 2020.
(After 2 months promotional period, cost to continue is $9.95 per month plus tax)
- Contact information: 1-855-846-8376 or Comcast Internet Essentials
AT&T Access Internet
- 2 months free for eligible low-income households, including Wi-Fi gateway. Apply by May 23, 2020.
- Contact information: AT&T Access Internet
Mobile Hotspot and Extended Data Plans
- Multiple cellular service providers are offering additional data and/or hotspot connectivity to existing customers, as well as increased options for low-cost plans for new customers.
- Contact your current service provider for more information, or call any local cellular service providers and ask about offerings in response to COVID-19.
General Listing of Multiple Providers
- The following website provides information about multiple offers from multiple providers based on zip code.
- On the website, click “Find Offers,” enter your zip code, and select multiple choices in Step 2 in
order to see the most offers that might be available for your household.
- Federal benefit that lowers the monthly cost of phone or Internet service.
- Contact information: Apply at https://nationalverifier.servicenowservices.com/lifeline
Students will be completing activities for their academic teachers and an assigned specials area teacher.
Teachers will post assignments on their eCLASS pages.
- High school assignments will be posted by 8 AM.
- Elementary school assignments will be posted by 9 AM.
- Middle school assignments will be posted by 10 AM.
If you have multiple students attending Rosebud Elementary, each student is expected to participate. This means each student will need to log in to his or her Student Portal/My eCLASS page individually.
Rosebud Elementary teachers will be monitoring their page throughout the day if students or parents have any questions. You are also welcome to email your child's teacher if you have any trouble.
How Do Students Log In?
Students will use the My eCLASS Student Portal to log in to their eCLASS pages where they will access assignments, resources, and other materials.
- User ID = student ID number
- Password = please contact your teacher if the student is unable to remember their password
If your child has trouble accessing s teacher’s course page, please contact your child’s teacher.
- If you need to contact your counselor during this time, please click here for more information.
- Be prepared for slowness of the programs during peak usage hours.
- If the power is out, a student may access the teacher’s eCLASS page when power returns.
- If a student does not have access to a computer or device (tablet, smartphone, etc.), the student can get the assignment once school resumes.
- Student work will be expected to be turned in to the teacher (either digitally or in person).
- Click here for Gwinnett County Public Schools Digital Learning Day information.