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Graves Return to School Update

Gwinnett County Public Schools updates plan for Fall 2020, moving to 100% digital instruction


On July 20, 2020, CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks announced that Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will open the 2020-21 school year on August 12 with all students receiving digital instruction. Although the district had planned to begin with both in-person and digital instruction, the current COVID-19 situation required a change in those plans. 

GCPS leaders will continue to gather information from health officials and monitor the still-fluid COVID-19 situation in Gwinnett County. That information will help determine when the district can safely open for in-person instruction.

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. 

Overview of Digital Learning in Gwinnett County Public Schools
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.

 


GCPS FAQ's (updated 7/10/2020)

 

Greetings Graves Elementary Family,

Last week, Gwinnett County Public Schools released its plan for reopening school on August 5, 2020. Parents will be given the option to send their child to school in person or select fully digital learning. Please understand that both options will come with a multitude of changes compared to last year. There will be a variety of safety precautions utilized to help reduce the risk of illnesses for in person instruction. These changes are in the process of being developed, planned and will be implemented in the Fall. Some examples of these changes are face coverings and/or masks (HIGHLY recommended), protocols for students who become sick at school (separation room), restroom schedule and handwashing opportunities, enhanced custodial schedule to ensure cleaning of high touch areas, new hallway traffic patterns, spacing in the cafeteria as well as lunch in the classroom, etc. We will continue to communicate more of these safety precautions as school reopening date draws near.

Digital Learning will be exactly like the in person instruction to avoid discrepancies of students that choose digital learning. Our goal is to create a learning environment similar to the expectations and experience of a classroom setting. We will continue to work with parents to support digital learning and checking out devices. We know there are more questions than answers at this time and I want to reassure you that we will work together to ensure our students are successful. We are committed to the learning and safety of each child despite these times of uncertainty. As I continue to work with the district and our local school committee regarding all of the changes, I will continue to update the school community.

We are planning a virtual town hall meeting to provide updates prior to the reopening of Graves Elementary in July. Please feel free to reach out to Ms. Sharon Chen (PIC), Ms. Sandra Reavis (POL), Ms. Deborah Torres (AA), or me with any of your questions regarding registration and school reopening. We also ask that you visit our website for updates as well as notice our digital sign on Graves Rd. to keep up with the latest. In the 2020 – 2021 school year, we hope that you will “Make Each Day Your Masterpiece!”

 

Sincerely,

Kono D. Smith

Principal

 

Saludos Familias de la escuela primaria de Graves,

La semana pasada, las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Gwinnett lanzaron su plan para reabrir la escuela el 5 de agosto de 2020. Los padres tendrán la opción de enviar a sus hijos a la escuela en persona o seleccionar un aprendizaje totalmente digital. Por favor, comprenda que ambas opciones vendrán con una multitud de cambios en comparación con el año pasado. Habrá una variedad de precauciones de seguridad utilizadas para ayudar a reducir el riesgo de enfermedades para la instrucción en persona. Estos cambios están en proceso de desarrollo, planificación y se implementarán en el otoño. Algunos ejemplos de estos cambios son los revestimientos faciales y / o las máscaras (ALTAMENTE recomendado), los protocolos para los estudiantes que se enferman en la escuela (sala de separación), el horario de los baños y las oportunidades para lavarse las manos, el horario de limpieza mejorado para garantizar la limpieza de las áreas de alto contacto, el nuevo tráfico del pasillo patrones, espacios en la cafetería, así como almuerzo en el aula, etc. Continuaremos comunicando más de estas precauciones de seguridad a medida que se acerque la fecha de reapertura de la escuela.

El aprendizaje digital será exactamente como la instrucción en persona para evitar discrepancias entre los estudiantes que eligen el aprendizaje digital. Nuestro objetivo es crear un entorno de aprendizaje similar a las expectativas y la experiencia de un aula. Continuaremos trabajando con los padres para apoyar el aprendizaje digital y verificar dispositivos. Sabemos que hay más preguntas que respuestas en este momento y quiero asegurarles que trabajaremos juntos para garantizar que nuestros estudiantes tengan éxito. Estamos comprometidos con el aprendizaje y la seguridad de cada niño a pesar de estos tiempos de incertidumbre. A medida que continúe trabajando con el distrito y nuestro comité escolar local con respecto a todos los cambios, continuaré actualizando la comunidad escolar.

Estamos planeando una reunión virtual del ayuntamiento para proporcionar actualizaciones antes de la reapertura de la escuela primaria de Graves en julio. No dude en comunicarse con la Sra. Sharon Chen (PIC), la Sra. Sandra Reavis (POL), la Sra. Deborah Torres (AA) o conmigo con cualquiera de sus preguntas sobre la inscripción y la reapertura de la escuela. También le pedimos que visite nuestro sitio web para obtener actualizaciones y que observe nuestro letrero digital en la calle Graves Rd. para mantenerse al día con lo último. En el año escolar 2020-2021, esperamos que "haga de cada día su obra maestra".

Sinceramente,

Kono D. Smith

Principal