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About Our School
April 1, 2020
Dear QES Families
I am hoping that this message finds our students, and their families, healthy and safe during these very unprecedented times. Please know that you are always in our thoughts and we look forward to connecting with you all as we move forward over the next few weeks.
As you have been made aware by communications from our superintendent and others, we will be moving to an eLearning platform for instruction which will formally begin the week of April 14th. If you have any questions about the eLearning opportunities that will be provided to students please visit the AACPS website at https://www.aacps.org/Page/8521 or visit our QES Technology Website at https://sites.google.com/aacps.org/qestechnologyresources/home?authuser=0 for information and to have your questions answered.
This week (March 30 – April 3) is a transition week for our teachers to learn about “online learning” and begin operating in the online world. Teachers will also be preparing Quarter 3 report cards for distribution to students. The marking period will end a week early on April 3rd. During the week of April 6th teachers will continue to reach out to students and families as we prepare for more formal instructional experiences during the week of April 14th. Please note that spring break will continue to be observed April 9th – 13th.
I know that many of our families are concerned about how best to support their children with eLearning when many of our families must continue to work during the school day or are not prepared to support their children during the entire school day due to other obligations. Please be assured this is not the expectation. Teachers will be posting a daily Learning Time each morning for a period of 90 minutes. Students will NOT be mandated to learn in real-time with their teacher during this time. Teachers will not teach content as they are used to doing. Instruction will be both teacher and system created lessons and learning experiences. It will be a combination of teacher led activities, system created activities and student independent activities. Some e-learning curriculum will be more prescribed than others. Instruction and connecting with students will occur through Google Classroom, Google Meet and Google Voice. If students and families are not available during scheduled “learning times” during the school day, assignments will be accessible at any time in the day. Any instruction provided by the teacher will be recorded to be accessed at a convenient time for families. Certainly, more information will be forthcoming over the next days and weeks.
Teachers will then have ‘office’ time for a total of 90 minutes in the afternoon. This will be a time to answer questions, seek assistance, gain clarification. Learning times and office hour times will be indicated on the schedule that you will receive from the individual teacher. The schedule allows for a “lunch” time from 11:00 am-1:00 pm each day. This extended time will allow all families in our school community to go to food sites to pick up meals, arrange for lunch at home or meet family/work responsibilities. Please visit https://www.aacps.org/elearning for several helpful resources including Suggested Daily Schedules for Students.
If your child receives services through Special Education, your child’s case manager will be reaching out to you regarding instruction and any upcoming scheduled meetings. They will be working closely with the classroom teachers to provide services for our students. Please remember that these services will look different than how they were provided within the schoolhouse setting.
In these troubling times it may be difficult for children to understand what is occurring. They may be frightened or anxious. Attached you will find an article that may help you in talking with your child. If you have any specific concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, Mrs. Vandever our school counselor (firstname.lastname@example.org ) Mr. Mitchell (email@example.com ) or Mr. Birus (firstname.lastname@example.org ) We would be happy to address your questions and concerns.
On behalf of the entire QES staff we miss being with all of our students. We wish you all the best as move forward over the next few weeks. We miss you!
John T. Birus
Resources to Assist with eLearning:
Below are some resources with information about accessing school technology at home. This was previously distributed through Classroom Dojo to our school community. Additionally if you are concerned about having the appropriate technology to access the upcoming eLearning instruction, please contact Mr. Birus at email@example.com or Mr. Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your child’s teacher.
Please visit the following site for information on getting ready for our upcoming eLearning https://sites.google.com/aacps.org/qestechnologyresources/home?authuser=0 Most of these resources have been shared on Class Dojo but now they are in one place. Also included on this site is a troubleshooting section for parents trying to log their students into the various platforms we are using as well as a place to ask a technology related question and receive answer! Please contact your child’s teacher via email or Classroom Dojo if you are having trouble logging in or using any of the platforms needed.
Internet Access Available
If families are in need of access to the internet, please know that from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., parking lots of county schools will be open for those who need access to remote learning. Signal strength may be variable, but you might be able to connect with eLearning opportunities during the school closure.
9:30 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.