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Middle School - Learning Options 2021-2022

Parents of middle school students who want the 2021-2022 virtual option, Rockdale Virtual Campus, must log in to their Infinite Campus Parent Portal during April 12-May 3, 2021 to apply for RVC. See below for Frequently Asked Questions and more information.

Parents who want the IN-PERSON learning option (five days a week, in-person) for their child for 2021-2022 do not need to do anything. The default option for 2021-2022 is in-person learning.


Students who participate in the virtual school option for middle or high school grade levels will be enrolled through Rockdale Virtual Campus (RVC). This option has designated virtual teachers who will provide asynchronous instruction (students work independently).  Below are the FAQs regarding the 2021-2022 school year virtual option for middle and high school students.

For additional information about RVC, please visit the website for Rockdale Virtual Campus, rvc.rockdaleschools.org


Virtual School Enrollment


If you would like to enroll your middle or high school student in the virtual option through Rockdale Virtual Campus (RVC) for the 2021-2022 school year, please go to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal (www.rockdaleschools.org/infinitecampus) and fill out the form during April 12, 2021 to May 3, 2021.  


Statements of Understanding


Parents enrolling their child in RVC will be asked to read and understand the following statements:

"I understand that RVC may require flexible face-to-face meetings (i.e., tests or labs) and that transportation will not be provided by RCPS."

"I understand that I am responsible for checking the provided email address for my login information and correspondence from RVC.  If I have not received communication within 5 days of the start of the session, I will contact the RVC administrative offices at (770) 388-5677 extension 31177 or staciesmith@rockdale.k12.ga.us"


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Middle School - Learning Options 2021-2022


What are the dates for enrollment in Rockdale Virtual Campus (RVC)?

The enrollment dates for RVC are April 12, 2021 - May 3, 2021.


Is RVC an option for my student for the 2021-2022 school year?  
Yes.  RVC is the only virtual option for grades 6-12. Please contact your school counselor, as the local school can best answer questions and provide information specific to your child’s learning needs and schedule.
 

Is RVC a school?
Although students receive 100% of instruction virtually through RVC, it is a program and not a school. This is an independent virtual program for middle and high school students.  

Students remain enrolled at their zoned home school and the student’s counselor will consult with student/parents to determine if RVC is the most beneficial learning option for the student.  RVC course offerings will be limited.


Will my student be able to participate in sports and activities at their home school?
Yes. Students remain enrolled at their zoned home school.


How are grades and credits reported at the end of the course?
RVC final course grades are entered into Infinite Campus and are reported on the student’s local school transcript. RVC is a program.  Students will receive all instruction and grades from RVC.  RVC grades and progress will be posted and updated through Infinite Campus per RCPS protocols.


What are the student participation expectations?

Most of the instruction will be provided in an asynchronous setting (students work independently) with RVC teachers.  For the best and most successful experience, students should plan on logging in and submitting work daily.


How much time do I need to spend working on each course during the week?
Students who enroll in RVC full-time should plan to spend 6-8 hours per weekday completing their course work. Students may work at any time during the day. The amount of time spent learning and submitting coursework each day is most important. Students may submit work during the weekends as well and may work ahead in their courses on a unit-by-unit basis.


What are the available courses?
RVC will offer core classes, world languages, limited electives and advanced courses. Students must consult with your school counselor regarding course offerings.  It will be critical for students who are enrolled in a specialty program to work closely with their zoned school’s counselor prior to enrolling in RVC as it may not be possible for RVC students to participate in specialty programs.
   

How does a student or parent communicate with the teacher?
While the primary form of communication with students is email, all RVC teachers are available to talk to students or parents via email or telephone. Teacher contact information is located on the district RVC website. RVC instructional support options are located on the district RVC website.  The primary vehicle of instruction is itsLearning with posted links to additional resources as needed.


Are reasonable accommodations made for students who receive special education services?
Prior to enrolling in RVC, a student’s individualized education program team (“IEP Team”) will determine if the student can receive a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) while enrolled at RVC. If necessary, the student’s IEP Team will also consider if the student needs reasonable accommodations to access the program and services.
 

Are reasonable accommodations made for students who receive Section 504 services?
Prior to enrolling in RVC, a student’s Section 504 Team will determine if the student can receive a FAPE while enrolled at RVC. If necessary, the student’s Section 504 Team will also consider if the student needs reasonable accommodations to access the program and services.
 

Are reasonable accommodations made for students who receive English Language Proficiency services or are on an Individualized Health Care Plans?
Prior to enrolling in RVC, students who receive English to Speakers of Other Languages ("ESOL") services and/or Individualized Health Care Plans (“IHCP Plans”) will meet with the appropriate committee that is responsible for administering their plans to determine if reasonable accommodations are necessary.


Are RVC courses NCAA approved? 
Yes. RVC courses from Spring of the 2019-2020 school year through Spring of the 2021-2022 school year are approved under an NCAA waiver for NCAA Division scholarship eligibility.
 

How long does a student have to commit to RVC?
Students are not eligible to transfer until the end of the semester.


For additional information about RVC, please visit the website for Rockdale Virtual Campus, rvc.rockdaleschools.org











Middle 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.





Middle 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).

•  Conyers Middle School
•  Edwards Middle School
•  Gen. Ray Davis Middle School
•  Memorial Middle School



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





Middle School - Virtual Sample Schedule Fall 2020

(Printable PDF)

Below is a sample schedule for middle school students (grades 6-8) for fall 2020.

MONDAY
9:15 - 10:05 AM   Intervention Period 1.
10:05 - 10:10 AM   Academic Break.
10:10 - 11:20 AM  Academic Period 3.
11:20 AM - 12:10 PM  Lunch.
12:10 - 1:20 PM  Academic Period 5.
1:20 - 1:25 PM  Academic Break.
1:25 - 2:35 PM  Academic Period 7.
2:45 - 4:15 PM  Even Periods asynchronous student work time and Intervention/Enrichment Groups. 
*For after school help desk hours, please contact your school.

TUESDAY

9:15 - 10:05 AM   Intervention Period 1.
10:05 - 10:10 AM   Academic Break.
10:10 - 11:20 AM  Academic Period 2.
11:20 AM - 12:10 PM  Lunch.
12:10 - 1:20 PM  Academic Period 4.
1:20 - 1:25 PM  Academic Break.
1:25 - 2:35 PM  Academic Period 6.
2:45 - 4:15 PM  Odd Periods asynchronous student work time and Intervention/Enrichment Groups. 
*For after school help desk hours, please contact your school.

WEDNESDAY
9:15 - 10:05 AM   Intervention Period 1.
10:05 - 10:10 AM   Academic Break.
10:10 - 11:20 AM  Academic Period 3.
11:20 AM - 12:10 PM  Lunch.
12:10 - 1:20 PM  Academic Period 5.
1:20 - 1:25 PM  Academic Break.
1:25 - 2:35 PM  Academic Period 7.
2:45 - 4:15 PM  Even Periods asynchronous student work time and Intervention/Enrichment Groups. 
*For after school help desk hours, please contact your school.

THURSDAY

9:15 - 10:05 AM   Intervention Period 1.
10:05 - 10:10 AM   Academic Break.
10:10 - 11:20 AM  Academic Period 2.
11:20 AM - 12:10 PM  Lunch.
12:10 - 1:20 PM  Academic Period 4.
1:20 - 1:25 PM  Academic Break.
1:25 - 2:35 PM  Academic Period 6.
2:45 - 4:15 PM  Odd Periods asynchronous student work time and Intervention/Enrichment Groups. 
*For after school help desk hours, please contact your school.

FRIDAY
**Students will receive enrichment, remediation, specialized support, SEL and advisement on Fridays. Students will need to consult with their teachers regarding their log-in times.


All Academic Periods have Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning.
Synchronous Learning =  Students engage in learning, at the same time, with their instructor online.
Asynchronous Learning = Learning that does not occur in the same place or time (student works independently).

Please note class times may be slightly adjusted to accommodate RCPS lunch delivery schedule.





Middle School FAQs 2020-2021

>>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?
Student attendance will be taken daily during the face to face, synchronous virtual classes.
Students will be expected to stay in class for the entire  duration or until students are given opportunities to work independently.
Lessons will be recorded in Microsoft TEAMS.
Students are allowed to leave during 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    Students will be expected to log-in daily.
o    Students and teachers will have cameras on during instruction.
o    Students will submit work using itsLearning.
o    Students will be expected to follow our digital citizenship expectations.
o    Teachers will be expected to respond to student and parent inquiries daily.
o    Students will participate in academic support time, based on their enrichment/remediation needs.
o    Students will receive direction, from their instructors, regarding Friday class participation.
o    Technology help desk will be available to assist students with device challenges.
o    If there are multiple students in your home, each student needs to log into a session individually. 


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 students be graded?
Students will submit work via itsLearning platform.
Teachers will enter 1-2 grades a week that measure mastery of curriculum standards.
Teachers will teach all curriculum standards with an emphasis on course priority standards.
Differentiated support will be provided during academic support time and on Fridays.
Test will be administered virtually using specific software.


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.


Will there be school activities?
Students will continue to engage in their fine arts courses (theory focus and virtual conferencing to rehearse, produce and perform).
Virtual extra-curricular clubs/activities and Saturday school will begin once the academic school schedule has settled in for the year.
Awards ceremonies, student recognitions and celebrations will be incorporated in the virtual school environment.  No Middle School Fall sports.