Information for Virtual Learning Families

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Hello FCVL Families,
 
Welcome to Virtual Learning with Franklin County Schools!  We are excited to be able to offer you this option for educating your child.  In order to fully participate in this program, you will need a reliable internet source, a device such as a chromebook that your child can use to access instruction, and lots of positivity as we work together to meet the needs of your child in this new educational environment. 
 
Now that everyone is successfully registered for virtual learning,  I would like to give everyone additional information about the framework of the program.  Since the plan was developed, it has gone through three revisions due to larger than expected student registration, newly developed guidelines given by the Tennessee Department of Education, and a better understanding of the needs of students in a virtual setting.  
 
Each grade level group brings its own unique needs and challenges.  We will be working very hard to meet those needs and to keep our virtual learners in close alignment with our in-person students.  This requires a commitment from you and from your learner.  This will be a rigorous undertaking.  While we will do all we can to support your learning from home experience, it will take dedication from your family to make it successful.  
 
Below is a framework of the plan for each grade level group.  Please read this carefully.  
 
Every classroom teacher will be assigned both virtual and regular learners.  Your child will be assigned to their regular class in their home school.  This will make transitioning back to brick and mortar classes easier should you choose to send your child back to school. 
 
The Google Classroom program will be used to deliver instruction and assignments. The classroom teacher will provide each student with a link to his or her Google Classroom.  The teacher may create videos giving instruction, assign projects, textbook assignments, etc.  The iReady, Reading Eggs, Study Island, and Exact Path online programs will also be available.  Each student will access these on-line programs through Clever.  Your child's teacher will also meet with students via Zoom or Google Meet at least one time per week.  
 
While you may try to contact a teacher during their planning time, at least one teacher per grade will have virtual office hours to assist parents and students with grade level material after school hours.  Homework Hotline and a cohort of the University of the South education students will also be available for homework help and tutoring.     
 
Elementary students will be divided into small “campfire groups” and will participate in a weekly Google Meets or Zoom meeting with their group.  They will complete an activity that will allow them to interact and socialize with other virtual learners in their grade at their school.  
 
Attendance will be calculated by the completion of assignments.  Attendance will be calculated and monitored on a weekly basis.  You will be able to check on your child’s attendance in the Skyward student information system.  
 
Your child’s teacher will provide some form of instruction, assign work, check work for understanding, and give feedback to students.  These assignments will align with the work being completed in the traditional classroom setting.  All grades will be entered in Skyward by the teacher and can be reviewed by parents and students.
 
A virtual learning page with all resources is being created and will be shared with you.  It will include tutorials on how to use all necessary programs and the chromebook.  
 
We will be emailing you a virtual orientation video next Friday.  We will also have an in-person orientation the following week for those who have need.    
 
Parents who have chosen to have their child/ren do Virtual Learning may pick up Chromebooks and all required documents from their home school at the following times.  Please come prepared to fill out all district and school required paperwork during this time.
 
Huntland -  Wednesday, August 5 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. 
 
FCHS - Pick Chromebooks up with class schedule at the time assigned by the school for your child’s grade level.
 
Decherd -  Thursday,  August 6 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
Sewanee - Wednesday, August 5 from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 
Cowan - Thursday, August 6 
 
K-2 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
 
3-5 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
Rock Creek - Thursday, August 6 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
North Lake - Monday, August 3 - Thursday, August 6 from 8:00 am till 3:00 pm
 
Broadview - Thursday, August 6 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
Clark Memorial - Wednesday, August 5 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
North and South Middle Schools - Due to middle schools not being in their buildings yet, the date for chromebooks to be handed out has not been set.  middle schools will need time to process the new devices, but they anticipate to have the virtual learners ready to go the week of the 10th.  We will share that information as soon as a date can be determined.  Assignments will not be made for middle school students until all chromebooks are handed out.
 
Check your email regularly for updates and information.
 
Contact your child’s school if you have any additional questions about chromebook pick-up or school registration.
 
Thank you so much for your commitment to your child’s education.  We look forward to working with you!
 
FCSD Virtual Learning Team