• March 30 - July 31, 2020

    Distance Learning

  • Our Continuity of Learning Program aims to utilize online technology for distance learning. Our program will unfold in two phases with a week off for spring break (Monday, April 6 to Monday, April 13). 

    During phase one, staff will:

    • Submit third quarter grades
    • Begin providing professional learning to educators in various online platforms to ensure a quality distance learning experience for teachers and students 
    • Begin setting up virtual classrooms 
    • Distribute laptops to those in need
    • K-12 will reconnect with families and invite students to their Google classrooms
    • K-12 will reconnect with colleagues and professional learning communities

    During phase two, educators will:

    • Deliver virtual lessons 
    • Maintain communication with families and students 
    • Provide virtual support for students in need of assistance 
    • PreK will reconnect with families and invite students to their Google Classrooms

    Online instruction will begin Tuesday, April 14. Please note that in the distance learning structure, daily learning will not be equivalent to a six-hour day. 

    While distance learning will not be structured as a typical school day, we do expect to maintain key aspects of the classroom experience: collaboration with peers, daily lessons and experimentation with individualized and innovative techniques. Our distance learning model will be inclusive of a blend of approaches to learning activities; independent, self-paced work; virtual office hours to check for understanding and submission of assignments. This is to maintain an academic connection and flexibility for students, teachers, and families.

    Students will get lessons from their classroom and/or assigned teachers. All lessons will be available through Google Classroom. An invitation to join each Google Classroom will come to their PGCPS student email address. Once they have joined, their work and engagement with teachers will be facilitated through Google Classroom.

    Phase 1:  Preparation, Distribution, Training and Collaboration

    Monday, March 30 — Wednesday, April 8

    In preparation for our distance learning/online instruction program, we will create online and printed learning materials, distribute technology and internet access codes to families in need and train staff on using resources to work with students virtually and to collaborate in online professional learning communities.  

    Teachers will be in contact with students during this time. For co-taught classrooms, the core content teacher will add the ESOL and/or Special Education teacher to the Google Classroom as a co-teacher. Student schedules will be published Monday, April 6 in preparation for the first day of distance learning on Tuesday, April 14.

    Spring Break

    There will be no online instruction for students from Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13. All schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, April 9; Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13. 

    Phase 2: Distance Learning Begins Tuesday, April 14 

    Distance Learning Television Schedule

    Students in prekindergarten through fifth grades can tune in to PreK-5 lessons on PGCPS-TV (channels 96 Comcast and 38 Verizon). If you don't have cable, watch shows on-demand. View online schedule with links to programming.

    In addition to the Pre K - 5th grade Reading and Math lessons, the TV Station also offers a rotation of Art, Dance, Music, and Physical Education instruction. Additionally, it offers weekly viewing of Montessori Moments and Immersion STEM lessons. The TV Station videos are updated weekly and are written specifically to align with the weekly instructional focus provided by teachers during online instruction. 

    Each lesson also includes an American sign language translation. 

    Teacher / Student Weekly Schedule

    Elementary (PreK-6)
     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Elementary School Content

    Mathematics 

    Science 

    Reading

    Social Studies

    Mathematics 

    Science

    Reading

    Social Studies

    Electives: Art, Dance, Music, PE, STEM

    (Art, Dance, Music, PE will rotate weekly)

    Click here to view PGCPS sample elementary teacher and student schedules

    From Monday through Thursday, elementary school students will experience two 30- to 45-minute virtual lessons — mathematics and science or reading and social studies — between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. All core content assignments are due Friday of each week. 

    Each school will host elective courses on a rotating schedule on Fridays. Elective courses include art, physical education, music and health. All elective assignments are due one week after the assignment is posted. Recorded lessons will be posted in Google Classroom for students to review independently. Printed materials will be available for pick up at all student meal sites.


     Middle School (Grades 6 - 8)
     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Middle School Content

    Reading/English
    Language Arts

    Mathematics

    Science

    Social Studies

    Electives


    High School (Grades 9 - 12)
     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    High School Content

    English

    Mathematics

    Science

    Social Studies

    Electives

    Click here to view PGCPS sample secondary teacher and student schedules

    From Monday through Thursday, middle and high school students will experience one 30- to 45-minute virtual lesson — English, mathematics, science or social studies — between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. This time frame will include virtual office hours for students needing additional assistance and instructional planning. Two assignments will be given for each lesson. All core content assignments are due two days after the lesson is taught.  

    Each school will host elective courses on Fridays. Elective courses include art, physical education, world languages, music and health. Middle schools will have a rotating schedule of electives. All elective assignments are due one week after the assignment is posted. Recorded lessons will be posted in Google Classroom for students to review independently. Printed materials will be available for pick up at all student meal sites.

    Note on PGCPS Zoom accounts:  PGCPS has a business Zoom account with some default security settings in place, including: preventing private chats, file sharing and requiring a password for meetings. Teachers were offered training on how to schedule sessions securely. Additionally, parents can choose to have their student watch recorded lessons if they do not want him/her to participate in the live session.

    Student enrichment packets

    These grade-specific enrichment packets are designed to provide ideas for engaging children in learning activities during distance learning. The activities are intended to help keep children intellectually active while they are at home. If students are unable to access their google classrooms but can complete enrichment packets, they are to share this information with their teachers. Students are able to communicate by phone or email, with teachers during virtual hours about the completion of assignments in the enrichment packets.

    These packets are updated every two weeks and are written specifically to align with the weekly instructional focus provided by teachers during online instruction.

    For those who may not have access to the website or to download packets, enrichment packets are available at every meal distribution site in the district. Packets are created to last until the end of the school year and will also be available for the summer.

    If you are accessing the packet online you are able to download them if you choose. When clicking on a link they will download as a PDF document. You can print the PDF or the student can save the packet to their desktop and write down their answers on paper.

    Internet access for distance learning

    Internet Essentials from Comcast brings families affordable, high-speed Internet that makes it easier for low-income households to get connected so they can more easily work from home, access educational resources and stay in contact with friends and family. New Internet Essentials customers may be eligible for two months of free Internet service. Apply online by April 30, 2020 or call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376). Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to midnight (EST), seven days a week.

    You may qualify for free Internet service if you:

    • Are eligible for public assistance like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others.
    • Live in an area where Comcast Internet Service is available.
    • Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days.

    Student login and password support for parents

    In an effort to provide PGCPS students in grades K-12 with login and password support all questions should be directed to the school.  It is our intent to continue to foster the relationship between the school and the family ensuring that the information is provided to the parent/legal guardian on record with the school. 

    This process supersedes any information previously provided.  Please follow the guidelines listed below: 

    Send an email message to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Be sure to include the required info. (student name, student identification number, school, grade, birthdate) and include the type of device that the student will be using (Chromebook, PC or MAC).  Your child’s homeroom teacher will respond to your email with the login and password information.

    Connect PGCPS Fund

    We are grateful to all who have offered to help defray the cost of internet connectivity for students and families. Recently, a donor has commited $100,000 to ensure that every senior will have internet access for the rest of the school year. More donations and commitments will be announced later this week. Additional donations can be made to the Connect PGCPS Fund through the Excellence in Education Foundation for PGCPS

    Third and Fourth Quarter Grading Periods

    Monday, March 30 will remain the end of the third quarter. From Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3, students will be allowed to electronically submit any work assigned or expected to be turned in during the two-week closure. Students who are unable to submit assignments electronically will not be penalized. Any work identified by the teacher as enrichment during the two-week closure will not be graded. Fourth quarter will begin Tuesday, April 14. Students will earn a Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) grade at the conclusion of the quarter. Final grades will represent a letter grade from the first three quarters and an explanation included on all transcripts that fourth-quarter grades were earned remotely.