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Elementary School - Learning Options Spring 2021

Parents/guardians must log in to their Infinite Campus Parent Portal to select a Second Semester Learning Option for each child by December 4, 2020. Those who do not make a selection will be assigned a Virtual schedule. RCPS reserves the right to adjust plans for the spring semester based upon local public health conditions.

>>CLICK HERE for FAQs on 2020-21 Second Semester Learning Options.
HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para las preguntas frecuentes sobre las opciones de aprendizaje del segundo semestre de 2020-21. 


Hybrid (in-person and virtual)

Under the hybrid schedule, there will be two days of in-person, face-to-face instruction at school and three days of virtual learning at home.

For the RCPS Return to Campus Guidebook, CLICK HERE.

Virtual, School-based (full-time virtual)

•    Students receive 100% of instruction virtually.
•    Full-time virtual schedule includes students receiving 100% of instruction virtually with their scheduled school-based teachers.
•    Full course offering
•    3rd Quarter commitment. Parents/guardians of elementary students will be able to make a different Learning Option selection for the 4th Quarter.


For the article on the RCPS Second Semester Learning Option Survey, CLICK HERE.






Elementary School - Virtual Fall 2020

Rockdale County Public Schools will be fully-virtual for the fall 2020 semester. Student schedules will be available in the Infinite Campus Portal starting on the following dates:

High Schools (grades 9-12) (including RCA, RVC, & ROC) – August 13, 2020.
Middle Schools (grades 6-8) (including RVC Middle) – August 19, 2020.
Elementary Schools – August 20, 2020.

Click here for Pre-K Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

For more information about your school's virtual learning, please visit your school's website or contact your teacher or school front office staff (click here for directories).

•  Barksdale Elementary School
•  C.J. Hicks Elementary School
•  Flat Shoals Elementary School
•  Hightower Trail Elementary School
•  Honey Creek Elementary School
•  J.H. House Elementary School
•  Lorraine Elementary School
•  Peek's Chapel Elementary School
•  Pine Street Elementary School
•  Shoal Creek Elementary School
•  D.L. Sims Elementary School



screenshot of RCPS Classlink landing pageClick here for ClassLink (landing page with links to classroom programs for virtual learning)





Elementary School - Virtual Sample Schedule Fall 2020

While each school’s schedule will differ slightly and is adjusted to accommodate student services, below is a sample schedule, Mondays through Thursdays, for grades K-5.

(Printable PDF)

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
VIRTUAL SCHOOL HOURS: 7:35-2:50 PM

SAMPLE VIRTUAL INSTRUCTIONAL SCHEDULE (GRADES K-5)  
7:35-7:45 AM    Morning Announcements    
7:45-8:35 AM (50 MINUTES)    Content Block 1  
8:35-8:40 AM    Brain Break    
8:40-9:30 AM (50 MINUTES)    Content Block 2 
9:30-9:35 AM    Brain Break    
9:35-10:25 AM (50 MINUTES)    Math Intervention  
10:25-10:30 AM    Brain Break    
10:30-11:20 AM (50 MINUTES)    Reading Intervention  
11:20-12:05 AM (45 MINUTES)    Content Block 3  
12:05-12:35 PM (30 MINUTES)    Lunch   
12:35-1:20 PM (45 MINUTES)    Writing    
1:20-1:50 PM (30 MINUTES)    Content Block 5/Specials    
1:50-2:20 PM (30 MINUTES)    Content Block 5/Specials
**Teacher Office hours 2:30-3:00 PM

Content Blocks include:  Reading, ELA (English Language Arts), Math, Science, Social Studies.
Specials Blocks include:  PE (Physical Education), Music, Art, others.
Intervention Blocks include:  Remediation, Acceleration, EIP, Gifted Education and Special Education support.

Friday schedules can be different depending on your school. Contact your school for more information.




Elementary FAQs

>>CLICK HERE for FAQs on 2020-21 Second Semester Learning Options.
HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para las preguntas frecuentes sobre las opciones de aprendizaje del segundo semestre de 2020-21. 


Will the school district provide a device for my student?
Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) is a One-to-One district. All students in grades PK-12 receive a school-issued device to use for schoolwork. Check your school's website for information about making an appointment for picking up your device. Your schools will communicate to you information about picking up your school issued device. Please make sure your contact information is updated in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account and your annual forms are signed in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. (For questions and information about Infinite Campus Parent Portal accounts, visit www.rockdaleschools.org/infinitecampus.)


What do I do if my student's device is broken or we need technical support?
Parents and students can make an appointment with their school's Intel team or DLS for technical support. Click here to find your school's staff directory. 
Click here for additional Parent Technical Support.


What if have limited internet access or no internet access?
Click here for information on low-cost or free internet providers. In addition, RCPS is developing plans to deploy internet hotspots in parked RCPS school buses at key locations for RCPS students to use with RCPS school-issued devices. Click here for more information.


What is the attendance expectation for virtual learning?
Students will be required to participate in synchronous and asynchronous learning. Students are expected to attend instructional sessions and complete all assignments. Attendance will be taken during each content block. Faculty and staff will keep a log for attendance during enrichment, remediation, SEL, and advisement times. Students are allowed to leave Virtual class to pick up RCPS meals. Students, please let your teacher know if you need to leave during class time to pick up your RCPS meal. 


What are synchronous and asynchronous learning?
Students will be required to participate in online meetings/lessons at specific times with their teachers (synchronous learning) and complete activities and assignments on their own time (asynchronous learning). Synchronous lessons can include direct instruction with time for guided and/or independent practice. Local schools and teachers will share weekly synchronous and asynchronous schedules through itsLearning. 


What are the expectations for attending synchronous lessons?
Student expectations are below:
o    Login promptly at the scheduled time for your live class sessions using the RCPS issued device.
o    Questions and conversations should be related to the lesson.
o    Interactions with others should be respectful.
o    Cameras should be on during lessons.
o    Students are expected to remain in the session and actively participate.
o    Students will be expected to request permission if they need to step away from the session.
o    If there are multiple students in your home, each student needs to log into a session individually.
o    To limit learning disruptions during live class sessions, students should follow their local school’s PBIS expectations. If a student is causing a disruption that negatively impacts the learning environment or engages in behavior that is prohibited, they will be removed from the live class session and their parents will be contacted.


What if my student is not able to attend the synchronous class sessions?
Daily attendance is the expectation for all virtual students. If a student misses a session a written excuse must be submitted to the teacher following RCPS Board Policy. The student will then be required to review the recorded lesson within 24 hours and complete all assignments.


Will my student receive lunch?
Students will have access to meals, regardless of their Learning Option.
To apply for Free and Reduced Lunch, click here.
Hybrid Learning Option students will eat meals in their classrooms.
Virtual Learning Option students will continue to have meals delivered using elementary bus stop locations. Students are allowed to leave during Virtual class time to pick up their RCPS meal. 


How will my student receive additional help if needed?
Teachers will provide support during the intervention/enrichment blocks. Students may also request additional support from the teachers and/or the school counselor. Local schools will provide information on teachers’ office hours and how to request additional assistance. 


What will an instructional day look like?
While each school’s schedule will differ slightly and is adjusted to accommodate student services, below is a sample schedule for Mondays through Thursdays.


SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
VIRTUAL SCHOOL HOURS
7:35-2:50 PM
(Printable PDF)

SAMPLE VIRTUAL INSTRUCTIONAL SCHEDULE (GRADES K-5)  
7:35-7:45 AM    Morning Announcements    
7:45-8:35 AM (50 MINUTES)    Content Block 1  
8:35-8:40 AM    Brain Break    
8:40-9:30 AM (50 MINUTES)    Content Block 2 
9:30-9:35 AM    Brain Break    
9:35-10:25 AM (50 MINUTES)    Math Intervention  
10:25-10:30 AM    Brain Break    
10:30-11:20 AM (50 MINUTES)    Reading Intervention  
11:20-12:05 AM (45 MINUTES)    Content Block 3  
12:05-12:35 PM (30 MINUTES)    Lunch   
12:35-1:20 PM (45 MINUTES)    Writing    
1:20-1:50 PM (30 MINUTES)    Content Block 5/Specials    
1:50-2:20 PM (30 MINUTES)    Content Block 5/Specials
**Teacher Office hours 2:30-3:00 PM

Content Blocks include:  Reading, ELA (English Language Arts), Math, Science, Social Studies.
Specials Blocks include:  PE (Physical Education), Music, Art, others.
Intervention Blocks include:  Remediation, Acceleration, EIP, Gifted Education and Special Education support.


What should we expect Friday instruction/activities to include?
Friday schedules can be different depending on your school and may include but not be limited to the following activities/specialized supports: Enrichment, remediation, office hours, Social Emotional activities, tutorial support, student conferences, etc., Contact your school for more information.


Will my student receive grades?
Yes. Students will follow the grading criteria outlined by Rockdale County Public Schools.


What is a voluntary Learning Coach and why is one needed?
A voluntary Learning Coach (parent/guardian/designated person over 18 years old) is preferred to assist elementary students with the following:  

    •   Ensure that students attend all required live lessons via Microsoft (MS) Teams.
    •   Ensure that students log-in on time for each class session and remain for the duration of the session.
    •   Monitor student’s assignment completion daily, via itsLearning, to include synchronous and asynchronous assignments.
    •   Monitor students when taking assessments.




For additional questions, email rcpsinfo@rockdale.k12.ga.us