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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 08:44

Half-Day Virtual Learning For Students – September 21, 2022

Half-Day Virtual Learning For Students – September 21, 2022

The early dismissal day on the Dorchester County Public Schools calendar for September 21, 2022, will be a virtual instruction day.  The schedule for this virtual day is a half day for students in the morning and teacher professional development in the afternoon, and schools will provide their detailed virtual morning schedule for their students. This is a “practice day” to determine the connectivity needs of families, to help us prepare for a virtual day if needed due to weather-related or other unexpected closings. It is hoped the use of virtual days will bring more certainty to the school calendar at the end of the year and allow the school year to end when scheduled. This practice day allows us to support our families by learning where resources are needed.

This virtual day will give K-12 students practice logging into Google Meets classes and accessing work on Schoology while allowing teachers, administrators, and IT personnel time to assess technology issues and connectivity needs of our families. Pre-Kindergarten students will be sent home the day before with activities they can complete during the day.

This day is designed to help determine who will need a hotspot and what type of device would work best for the area in which the student will be accessing the internet. Once these needs are determined, hotspots will be ready and waiting when an actual virtual instruction day is required. Here are some important things to know about the upcoming virtual day:

  • Kindergarten through 8th grade students who have returned their signed device agreement will be issued an electronic device of the type they use at school, along with a charger to take home on Tuesday, September 20. High school students are expected to take their laptops and chargers home with them as well.

  

  • All students should attempt to log in and participate in their classes that morning.
  • If a student is having connectivity issues, do not worry. We are using this day to find out which of our families have no connectivity, limited connectivity, or full connectivity.
  • Someone from the school will contact families and students to understand what can be done to help students struggling to log into classes.
  • No new skills or concepts will be taught during this day. All assignments will be a review or practice of skills previously taught so students will not miss instruction if they have connectivity issues.
  • Students will be marked present for the day if they are able to log in and participate in their classes. For students with connectivity issues, their attendance will be adjusted to be marked present as long as the school was able to communicate with the family about their needs for connectivity.
  • All technology issued by schools should return to school the very next day with the student on Thursday, September 22.

Your patience is appreciated as we work together to ensure that virtual days, if needed throughout the year, proceed as smoothly as possible and work for everyone.