Online Learning and Packets
ATTENTION ACPS PARENTS AND FAMILIES:
Online learning will OFFICIALLY begin on April 6, 2020, for those students who have access to technology and Internet connectivity. Teachers will utilize Google Classroom for Grades 3-12 and Class Dojo for Grades PreK-2. We strongly encouraged parents/students to use the online learning platforms that are available if you have technology and connectivity. They are easy to learn and directions will be provided. In addition, an IT Community Help Desk is available for parents and students if there are questions as is a parent’s guide to Google Classroom.
These online learning platforms enhance your child’s connection to his/her teachers. Supplemental activities will also be available within the teacher’s Google Classroom for students who want to extend their learning. Online learning is the preferred method for the continuity of learning if students have Internet connectivity and access to technology.
Please note that with online learning, parents do not need to print documents and materials if their child is using an online classroom platform such as Google Classroom or Dojo. All work and readings will be viewed on the computer, and all work submitted will be directly submitted through the online computer platform to their child's teacher. ACPS encourages parents and students to use the online classroom platforms so that participating in instruction, turning in work, and getting feedback can occur in a timely manner. Please call the Community Help Desk if you need assistance or support.
Learning packets will not be available for pick up at schools until the week of April 13th pending any further restrictions from the Governor or the Maryland State Department of Education. This delay was a result of further restrictions imposed by Governor Hogan. Please do not go to your child’s school until the principal has sent a phone message providing information on the date and time frame to pick up learning packets. In the meantime until learning packets are available, we encourage you to read at home with your child, practice writing or drawing, math and spelling skills, play or make music, create art projects, or just participate in any type of activity at home that will support and enhance learning.
If you will need a learning packet, please remember that you must call your child’s school this week (no later than April 3rd) and leave a message to reserve a learning packet. Again, please do not reserve a learning packet if your child can access the online learning platform. The online learning platform allows your child to post assignments and receive grades in a timely manner.
Please continue to be patient and understanding as we work through all of these necessary transitions to an online learning platform and learning packets. Keep in mind that we have to adhere to all restrictions required by the Governor and the State Superintendent of Schools. Again, it is important to note that it is just not possible for teachers to return calls or emails immediately, and we ask that you please accept that communication make take up to 48 hours or longer. Our teachers are working remotely from their homes due to Governor Hogan's Executive Orders and are doing their very best to have everything ready for next week. It is critical that we all work together to get through this very difficult time.
OTHER IMPORTANT UPDATES:
ACPS will reclaim Thursday, April 9, 2020, as a make-up day. Teachers and students will continue with the continuity of learning on April 9th through online learning platforms and with supplemental work. ACPS will be CLOSED on Friday, April 10, 2020, through Monday, April 13, 2020, for the Easter break. Brown bag student meals will not be available on Friday April 10th or Monday, April 13th.
ACPS adjusted the 3rd marking period to end on March 10th. Report cards will be posted in Aspen on April 24th. The Maryland State Department of Education will be providing guidance about grading during the 4th nine weeks and final grades, and they are currently scheduling statewide workgroups to examine grading. Until ACPS receives guidance from the MSDE, teachers will record grades the same way that they have graded assignments all year long.