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High 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
•    Semester Commitment (with appeal option)

Virtual, Rockdale Virtual Campus (full-time virtual)

•    Students receive 100% of instruction virtually through Rockdale Virtual Campus. (This is an independent virtual program for middle and high school.)
•    Majority of instruction will be provided in an asynchronous setting with RVC teachers.  The teachers in RVC will be different from their school-based teachers.
•    Students receive extra help through teacher office hours and emails.
•    May have limited course offerings.
•    Students who select Rockdale Virtual Campus will be selected through lottery due to limited capacity.
•    RVC is a program. Selected students will receive all instruction and grades from RVC.
•    RVC is not NCAA approved, so student athletes will need to actively seek advice from their counselors prior to applying for enrollment.
•    Semester Commitment (with appeal option)


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

For more about RVC, CLICK HERE or visit rvc.rockdaleschools.org.





High 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.


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).

•  Rockdale County High School
•  Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology
•  Heritage High School
•  Salem High School
•  Rockdale Career Academy
•  Open Campus
•  Alpha Academy


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





High School - Virtual Sample Schedule Fall 2020

(Printable PDF)

Below is a sample schedule for high school students (grades 9-12) for fall 2020.
Each lesson block (A1/A2/A3/A4, B1/B2/B3/B4) contains Direct Instruction ("I do") - 30 minutes, Guided Practice ("We do") - 20 minutes, Independent Practice ("You do") - 20 minutes.

MONDAY (A)
7:45 - 8:30 AM (45 minutes) - Teacher Planning, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Faculty Meetings.
8:30 - 9:40 AM (70 minutes) - A1.
9:40 - 9:50 AM (10 minutes) - Break.
9:50 - 11 AM (70 minutes) - A2.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (60 minutes) - Lunch.
12:00 - 1:10 PM (70 minutes) - A3.
1:10 - 1:20 PM (10 minutes) - Break.
1:20 - 2:30 PM (70 minutes) - A4.
2:30 - 3:05 PM (35 minutes) - Student Check-Ins and Small Groups.
3:05 - 3:45 PM (40 minutes) - Cross-Curricular Planning, Office Hours, Cohort Tracking.

TUESDAY (B)
7:45 - 8:30 AM (45 minutes) - Teacher Planning, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Faculty Meetings.
8:30 - 9:40 AM (70 minutes) - B1.
9:40 - 9:50 AM (10 minutes) - Break.
9:50 - 11 AM (70 minutes) - B2.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (60 minutes) - Lunch.
12:00 - 1:10 PM (70 minutes) - B3.
1:10 - 1:20 PM (10 minutes) - Break.
1:20 - 2:30 PM (70 minutes) - B4.
2:30 - 3:05 PM (35 minutes) - Student Check-Ins and Small Groups.
3:05 - 3:45 PM (40 minutes) - Cross-Curricular Planning, Office Hours, Cohort Tracking.

WEDNESDAY (A)
7:45 - 8:30 AM (45 minutes) - Teacher Planning, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Faculty Meetings.
8:30 - 9:40 AM (70 minutes) - A1.
9:40 - 9:50 AM (10 minutes) - Break.
9:50 - 11 AM (70 minutes) - A2.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (60 minutes) - Lunch.
12:00 - 1:10 PM (70 minutes) - A3.
1:10 - 1:20 PM (10 minutes) - Break.
1:20 - 2:30 PM (70 minutes) - A4.
2:30 - 3:05 PM (35 minutes) - Student Check-Ins and Small Groups.
3:05 - 3:45 PM (40 minutes) - Cross-Curricular Planning, Office Hours, Cohort Tracking.

THURSDAY (B)
7:45 - 8:30 AM (45 minutes) - Teacher Planning, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Faculty Meetings.
8:30 - 9:40 AM (70 minutes) - B1.
9:40 - 9:50 AM (10 minutes) - Break.
9:50 - 11 AM (70 minutes) - B2.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (60 minutes) - Lunch.
12:00 - 1:10 PM (70 minutes) - B3.
1:10 - 1:20 PM (10 minutes) - Break.
1:20 - 2:30 PM (70 minutes) - B4.
2:30 - 3:05 PM (35 minutes) - Student Check-Ins and Small Groups.
3:05 - 3:45 PM (40 minutes) - Cross-Curricular Planning, Office Hours, Cohort Tracking.

FRIDAY
7:45 - 8:30 AM (45 minutes) - Teacher Planning, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Faculty Meetings.
8:30 - 9:40 AM (70 minutes) - Professional Learning (PL), PLCs, Team Meetings, Asynchronous Student Activities.
9:40 - 9:50 AM (10 minutes) - Break.
9:50 - 11 AM (70 minutes) - Enrichment, Remediation, Advisement, Social Emotional Learning Sessions. 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (60 minutes) - Lunch.
12:00 - 1:10 PM (70 minutes) - Enrichment, Remediation, Advisement, Social Emotional Learning Sessions.
1:10 - 1:20 PM (10 minutes) - Break.
1:20 - 2:30 PM (70 minutes) - Enrichment, Remediation, Advisement, Social Emotional Learning Sessions.
2:30 - 3:05 PM (35 minutes) - PD, PBIS, SEL, Advisement, Remediation, Enrichment.
3:05 - 3:45 PM (40 minutes) - Cross-Curricular Planning, Office Hours, Cohort Tracking.






High School 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 during 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.


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 their RCPS issued device.
o    Questions and conversations must be related to the lesson and school appropriate.
o    Interactions with others must be respectful.
o    Cameras should be on during attendance and when students are speaking. When possible, cameras should be on throughout the lesson unless directed otherwise by the teacher. Any special circumstances should be communicated to teachers via email.
o    Mute your microphone when you are not talking. It reduces feedback and makes it easier to hear.
o    Students are expected to remain in the session, actively participate, and complete all assignments.
o    Students should note in the chat box if they need to step away from the session for some reason.
o    If there are multiple students in your home, each student needs to log in to a session individually.
o    Reminder: All sessions are being recorded.


What are the grading expectations?

Minimum of six graded assignments per grading period:
•  At least one summative assessment per 4.5 grading. 
•  Formative assessments exit tickets, quizzes, lab practical exercises, virtual discussion circles, writing prompts.
•  Multiple opportunities to show mastery.

Missing and Make-Up Work:
•  All virtual sessions will be recorded.
•  Zeros will be entered for all missing assignments.
•  Missing assignments or assignments which do not show mastery may be resubmitted.


What are the communication expectations?
Each teacher’s syllabus and itsLearning page will clearly indicate teacher contact information and times available for enrichment and remediation.
Parents will be contacted if their student’s average falls below a 75.
Teachers will reply to student and parent emails within one school day.


What if my student is not able to attend the synchronous class sessions?
The student will be required to review the recorded lesson within 24 hours. The teacher must be notified prior to a student missing a live session and a written excuse must be submitted to the teacher following RCPS Board Policy.


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.