Return of the Big Red Elephants: F2F/Remote Instruction

OVERVIEW

The primary goal of decision-making with regards to instructional arrangements is the health and safety of our students, staff, and families. With that said, the district recognizes that this is a very fluid situation, and it is likely that we may need to alternate between face-to-face and remote instruction throughout the year, sometimes with short notice, depending on the spread of the virus in our community. The following instructional arrangements will be implemented by GCSS.

Traditional, Face-to-Face Instruction (F2F) will be used throughout the year if levels of COVID-19 virus allow us to convene safely in buildings, based on guidance from health professionals. An extended Open House will be provided to families, with all students in buildings on Monday, August 17. More detailed guidance on safety precautions will be provided during pre-planning and the extended Open House.

Remote Instruction will be used if we have to temporarily suspend F2F instruction for some or all students. During these periods of time we will provide remote instruction for students until F2F instruction is able to resume. Remote instruction is a continuation of the expectations for rigor of face-to-face teacher instruction and student learning using digital and other tools. Students will be assigned work that may be in a digital or paper format to complete at home. Teachers will support students using a variety of formats including, but not limited to, Zoom, other digital platforms, texts, and phone calls. If implemented, students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of content through robust learning experiences.

This option may have to be implemented by the district periodically throughout the year if levels of COVID-19 virus do not allow us to convene safely in buildings.

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REMOTE INSTRUCTION DURING TEMPORARY CLOSURES


Based on guidance from the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Public Health, and other local officials, schools need to be prepared for temporary closures in order to ensure a safe and successful school year. During these temporary closures, remote instruction may be provided for classrooms, schools, or districtwide until face-to-face instruction can be resumed. Remote instruction is a continuation of the expectations for rigor of face-to-face teacher instruction and student learning using digital and other tools. Students will be assigned work that may be in a digital or paper format to complete at home. Teachers will support students using a variety of formats including, but not limited to, Zoom, other digital platforms, texts, and phone calls.

Communication

Much like traditional face-to-face instruction requires regular communication between teachers, students, families, and administration, remote instruction also requires consistent levels of communication.  As such, during remote instruction, teachers will check in with each student regularly, and students will submit work a minimum of once per week.  Also, at a minimum, students with device access are expected to participate in one instructional live meeting per week, unless alternate arrangements are made. Consistent communication with opportunities to get to know students and families virtually and through more traditional means such as phone calls, texts, and emails are priorities, while simultaneously providing quality instruction.  

Live Meetings

Instructional live meetings have been strategically scheduled districtwide to minimize overlap for families with children in multiple grade levels as much as possible, while keeping in mind screen time considerations.  Live meetings for elementary students will last no longer than 30 minutes each session (one morning and one afternoon).  Live meetings for middle school students will last no longer than 25 minutes each session with four classes meeting per day.  Live meetings for high school will last no longer than 60 minutes each session with two classes meeting per day.  Live sessions will be recorded so that students requiring review have access.  If it were possible to avoid any scheduling conflicts for live meetings, that would be desired; however, with so many different needs, student ages, student schedules, GCSS recognizes that even with attempts to strategically organize times for live meetings, some scheduling conflicts will occur.  Therefore, the following procedure will be used to handle situations where students are unable to attend a live meeting due to a scheduling conflict.

  • No student will be penalized for an inability to attend all live meetings but must attend at least one per week (communicate with your teacher).
  • Students who are unable to attend a live meeting will be provided an alternate opportunity to get access to the instruction/content delivered during the live meeting.
  • Live meetings will be recorded and made available through Google Classroom for later viewing.

Teachers will work with families to communicate office hours for extra support. Additionally, at least one time per week, each teacher will offer evening office hours so that working families may reach out and receive assistance as needed. Teachers will work with families to communicate this additional opportunity.

Student Attendance

Students enrolled in remote instruction are expected to adhere to attendance requirements set forth in Board Policy JBD.  Attendance will be determined through student assignment submission and student/teacher interactions.  “Attended class” for remote instruction means that the student has been acknowledged through direct interaction between the student and the instructor.  This interaction can take several forms but would be most commonly demonstrated by a communication such as a completed work packet, an email, or other message transmitted from the student to the instructor indicating that the student is both present and actively engaged in the instructional setting, which the instructor then acknowledges. Students who do not meet attendance requirements may be reported as truant, in keeping with GCSS guidelines for attendance. 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN REMOTE INSTRUCTION

Communication Structures 

communication iconGoogle Classroom: Teachers will post instruction in Google Classroom.
* In the event families have limited access to devices, elementary/middle schools will prepare and make available paper packets at schools and on regular bus transportation routes.  When packets are available, ONLY ONE FORM OF WORK (remote instruction or packet) MUST BE COMPLETED BY THE STUDENT. High school students who need support with devices or internet access should contact support@gcssk12.net.

Zoom: Teachers will use Zoom to conduct live instructional meetings with students.  Live sessions will be recorded so that students requiring review have access.  

Student Email: For students with devices, teachers will use student email to broadcast messages to groups of students or entire classes. Students may use email to contact a teacher to ask for assistance.

Phone Calls: Teachers will use phone calls to conduct meetings with parents and students as needed. These meetings may be for instruction, providing additional support, differentiating instruction, and communicating with families.

Collaboration

Staff Expectations
  • collaboration iconHave work packets ready for pickup at the elementary/middle schools by 8:00 AM on Mondays and post remote learning materials for each week by Monday at 9 AM
  • Record attendance (For Pre-K - grade 8 students completing work packets in lieu of remote instruction, completed packets must be returned weekly to be counted present)  
  • Provide feedback to students on all submitted work
  • Meet provisions in specialized plans (i.e. IEP, TPC, 504, etc.) on file with the Gainesville City School System
Student Expectations
  • Attend at least one live meeting per week (students with device access/communicate with your teacher)
  • Complete all assigned work
  • Respond to all communications from teachers via email (students with device access)
  • Request additional assistance as needed via virtual office hours, email, phone call 
Family Expectations
  • Submit technology tickets if needed by emailing support@gcssk12.net; technicians will respond within 48 hours.
  • Learn to use technology tools if needed by participating in the Tech Time for Families Google Classroom which has tutorials available 
  • Respond to emails and other modes of communication
  • Participate in meetings regarding student success, including 504 and IEP meetings

REMOTE INSTRUCTION FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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