Remote Learning

Preparing for Remote Learning
Posted on 09/04/2020
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Week 8 - Remote Learning - October 13 through October 16
Superintendent's Letter - Getting Ready for Remote Learning - Week 8

As previously announced, we will have remote learning next week (Tuesday, October 13 - Friday, October 16) for middle school and high school students during week 8. Monday is a professional learning day for employees. Students will not have classes on Monday, October 12. It is a short, four-day week for students.

  • Week 8 of remote learning is for grades 6-12.  

  • All elementary school students (3K-5th grade) will continue with face-to-face instruction at their school. Buses for elementary school routes will run normally. 

  • Pickens County Virtual Academy (PCVA) will not have classes on Monday, October 12.

  • Specific plans involving additional face-to-face learning for special populations and the Career & Technology Center will be communicated locally.

  • Athletics will continue as scheduled.

 Breakfast and lunch continue to be free for all children under the age of 18 (and special needs adults up to age 21) during the remote learning week. Students do not have to be enrolled at the school.

  • Elementary schools will prepare and serve meals normally.
  • All schools offer curbside pick-up (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) each day.  Five days of breakfast and lunch meals will be provided.

  • Buses will deliver meals via bus stops on Wednesday, October 14. Five days of breakfast and lunch meals will be provided.

  • PCVA students may pick up meals from any school on Tuesday, October 13. Five days of breakfast and lunch meals will be provided.

We have attempted to make improvements during our first weeks of school. As we transition to another remote learning week, we will offer services for families who have connectivity issues during remote learning. Secondary (middle and high school) families should contact their school in advance if you have connectivity issues during remote learning. Additionally, visit the school’s website for information on how to get technical support.

We are starting to face challenges in each school separating the flu, common cold, allergies, and COVID. Our greatest struggle is in grades 7-12. Please continue to work together to avoid large gatherings so we can minimize the impact of quarantines.  

Week 3 & 4 - Remote Learning - September 8
Beginning September 8, the School District will hold our
two scheduled weeks of Remote Learning for most students. SDPC has scheduled two weeks of remote learning for two reasons. First, we want a chance to assess whether the first two-weeks of in-person school lead to significant increases in COVID-19 spread and to make adjustments if necessary. Second, we want to be prepared in case local or statewide surges in COVID-19 cause another long-term closure of schools. 

During remote learning this year, our goal is to make sure that students are accountable for their attendance and learning. When schools closed in the spring, our state and our district took a relaxed approach to student attendance and grading. However, our students can’t afford the amount of learning loss that may happen if we do not prepare for rigorous learning to continue even if schools were to close.
September 8-11 will be Remote Learning for students in grades 3-12, unless the student is in a special program that requires in-person instruction. During the week of September 14-18, all students will participate in Remote Learning.
General Information during Remote Learning

Expectations and Attendance

According to attendance guidelines from the South Carolina Department of Education, a student is marked present only if he/she meets one of the below criteria:

  • Attends the live Webex with the teacher
  • Views the recorded Webex & completes a verification activity assigned by the teacher 
  • Completes the teacher assigned activities by the deadlines posted

The school day for elementary students will be from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For middle and high school students, the school day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Schools will communicate the exact schedules for classes, breaks, lunch, recess, etc.
Details of what students may expect during their day will depend on their school, grade, and teacher. For a more detailed look at overall expectations by age group, you can check out our Remote Learning Expectations for Students & Families.
Please also be sure that you know how to communicate with each of your child’s teachers before Remote Learning begins, and direct questions to the teacher first. 

Access Food

Food Service During Remote Learning

Access Remote Learning Tools

Parents and students should prepare now to make sure that they can log in to the programs they need in order to participate in Remote Learning. Each student (with the help of a parent when necessary) should be able to:

Access work in their Schoology folder
Participate in Webex meetings

Find resources on ClassLink Launchpad

Many of our teachers have already begun to show students how they will access Webex, Schoology, and Classlink. If you have questions about the login information for you or your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Technology Support During Remote Learning