Remote Learning Option
Students attend classes “remotely” using a variety of virtual resources.
Remote Instruction Overview
- Remote learning is an option for the entire year.
- Remote learning will be available for Kindergarten - Grade 12, utilizing teachers from each student’s current school.
- Students will attend classes “remotely” five days a week.
- Training for parents of remote students will be provided.
Nine-week Minimum Commitment to Remote Learning
- For continuity purposes, Athens City Schools is asking for a commitment to remote learning for a full grading period of nine (9) weeks.
- Students may return to traditional learning at 9 week breaks or continue with remote learning for the remainder of the school year.
- Families of students wishing to return to traditional learning are asked, if possible, to make the building principal aware two weeks prior to the end of the 9 week grading period.
The Curriculum and Parent Support
- Athens City Schools will primarily use an accredited, online program, SchoolsPLP, for remote learning.
- Instruction is provided within this program.
- The role of the parent is key to the success of remote learning.
- Students in grades K-5 will require a lot of support from caring adults at home and in the remote classroom.
- K-5 students will be expected to work between 2-3 hours a day and 6-12 students will be expected to work 3-4 hours a day on school assignments.
- Learn more about SchoolsPLP at www.schoolsplp.com
Role of the Remote Teacher
- Remote teachers will interact and engage with remote students on a regular basis though Google Meet or Zoom meetings to mentor and provide support.
- Social emotional learning activities will be connected to the ACS Portrait of a Graduate.
- Efforts will be made to keep remote students on pace with traditional students.
- Some electives available for traditional students may not be available for remote students.
- Parents should contact school principals with any questions.
Student Progress, Assessments and Grades
- Student progress will be assessed through SchoolsPLP and the remote teacher.
- Grades will be assigned following normal school grading procedures.
- Remote students must take all state required assessments and are strongly encouraged to participate in Athens City formative assessments.
- Any face-to-face testing for state required assessments will take place following recommended safety guidelines to the greatest extent possible.
Special Eduation, Career Tech and Other Extracurriculars
- Career tech courses at the Limestone County Career Technical Center are available for remote students; however, they must be taken in-person.
- Students who choose remote learning will be able to participate in sports or other extra-curricular activities.
- Students working remotely will continue to receive special education and related services as determined appropriate by the child’s IEP team.
- Students with a 504 plan will continue to receive appropriate accommodations per the student’s 504 plan.
- For students receiving direct Gifted services, remote learning activities will be facilitated by the Elementary Gifted Specialist, per the student’s GEP.
- A remote PreK option will not be available at this time.
Social Emotional Learning
- Social emotional learning activities for both traditional and remote learning will be connected to the ACS Portrait of a Graduate.
Learn more about the ACS Remote Option.
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