Students in Giles County have not seen the inside of their classrooms in nearly a month, but remote learning opportunities are abundant during this unprecedented crisis. 

 

Giles County schools are currently scheduled to resume April 27, however the Tennessee Department of Education and the State Board of Education were to meet jointly April 9 to discuss what measures should be taken with regards to the remainder of the school year. 

Remote Learning

 

Due to these current closures and the uncertain future, the Giles County School Board is working to assess and meet the needs of local students during this and any future crises. 

 

“Giles County School System employees are diligently working to provide continuity of instruction for our students during this unprecedented, rapidly changing situation,” Giles County Director of Schools Vickie Beard said. “Our educators are providing instructional opportunities utilizing a variety of means.”

 

“Many educators are continuing lessons through Google classroom as well as providing paper packets of instruction, posting instructional videos on social media, utilizing varied virtual platforms and communicating weekly with students,” Beard said.

 

Parents are encouraged to access online resources to supplement the educators’ lessons. The Giles County Board of Education has compiled a list of these sites for K-12 students and parents, available at http://bit.ly/gilesschoolresources. These websites include IXL and Study Island, which are familiar to local students. Parents are encouraged to log in to Moby Max, Reading Eggs, Math Seeds and MyOn, which are used in county classrooms. Additionally, individual schools have posted resources on their websites, which can be accessed by clicking the “Schools” tab at https://www.gcboe.us

 

“In addition, PBS has partnered with the Tennessee Department of Education and will be offering instructional sessions daily beginning April 6,” Beard continued.

 

The six PBS stations across the state, including WNPT Nashville locally, will broadcast two hours of content daily. They will stream an additional four hours of content overnight from 1-5 a.m., which viewers can watch live or record. Math and ELA content for seventh and eighth graders will begin the week of April 16. There are printable teacher lesson plans and student worksheets available at https://www.tn.gov/education/pbsteaching.html to coordinate with the broadcasts.

 

PBS Daytime Schedule

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Time (CST)

1st and 2nd Grade ELA and Math Lessons

3rd and 4th Grade ELA and Math Lessons

5th and 6th Grade ELA and Math Lessons

1st and 2nd Grade ELA and Math Lessons

3rd and 4th Grade ELA and Math Lessons

10:00 am

1st Grade ELA

3rd Grade ELA

5th Grade ELA

1st Grade ELA

3rd Grade ELA

10:30 am

1st Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

5th Grade Math

1st Grade Math

3rd Grade Math

11:00 am

2nd Grade ELA

4th Grade ELA

6th Grade ELA

2nd Grade ELA

4th Grade ELA

11:30 am

2nd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

6th Grade Math

2nd Grade Math

4th Grade Math

Source: https://www.wbir.com/article/news/tn-dept-of-education-releases-schedule-resources-for-online-pbs-lessons/51-6159e149-fa73-4be9-8dd3-5739508795ec

 

According to Beard, “Guidance from the Tennessee Department of Education is that students should not be exposed to new learning during the school closure but be provided with duplicative material to avoid regression or loss of already learned skills.”

 

Teachers in the state were recently surveyed by the Tennessee Education Association, and this learning loss was educators’ most pressing concern during the closure.

 

“Educators have been asked to survey our students to assess exactly who has the capability

for online or distance learning and who will need paper packets so that we can provide continued

access to instruction going forward,” Beard said.

 

If accessing online resources has been an issue, there are low-cost services being offered by internet service providers and wireless carriers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These may assist with distance learning, but are not required.

 

  • Hardline Carriers (Low-Cost options for eligible families)

  • WiFi Internet Accessibility (Stream or create a WiFi hotspot using cellular devices. Contact your carrier for details)

    • Verizon Wireless: Currently under state contract, and devices are $0 cost. Service cost is $35/month/device for high utilization and $24/month/device for low utilization

    • T- Mobile: There is currently a $0 cost for devices and a $35/month per user for unlimited bandwidth

    • AT&T: Offering additional mobile data and late payment forgiveness

 

“Communication is crucial during this time, so if parents are not receiving our School Messenger calls or not receiving calls from teachers, please provide updated contact information. This can be done by emailing webmaster@gcboe.us or calling their child’s school and leaving a message.”

 

The Tennessee Department of Education has created a survey to solicit public feedback “on the most effective ways to help school districts address immediate needs to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.” The survey looks at how to spend federal relief funds distributed to school districts. Parents and other community members who wish to weigh in can take the survey at http://bit.ly/tneducationsurvey through April 13.

 

Beard added, “We want to assure our students that we miss them and look forward to returning to school very soon.”

 

 

K-12 Instructional Resources for Students and Parents

 

Website Link

Grade Level 

Description

Study Island

K-12

Study Island for Home enhances learning and helps your kids catch up or stay ahead.

Edmentum Worksheet Bundles

K-12

Printable, downloadable worksheets that include multiple subjects from a variety of our online solutions, including Study Island and Courseware.

BrainPop-- ALL SUBJECTS 

PreK -12 

Click “FREE Family Access” to create your account and gain access to all of BrainPop resources!

Khan Academy

PreK-12

Sign up to gain FREE access to Khan Academy which offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. 

IXL.com

K-12

Contains content to support nearly any lesson with more than 8,000 skills covering five subjects. 

VocabularySpellingCity

K-12

Click Register in the top right corner.  When you get to the screen asking if you want a Premium or Free account, click GO PREMIUM.  Use the Promo Code: VSCFree90 to get access to ALL Premium features for FREE!

Readworks

PreK-12

ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels PreK-12. The company was founded with the goal of improving reading comprehension by bringing the latest in literacy teaching research into the classroom. 

LearnZillion

3-12

Full video collection and digital versions of the Illustrative Mathematics, EL Education, and Louisiana Guidebooks curricula. 

Homework Hotline

K-12

Homework Hotline’s mission is to help Tennessee students in grades K-12 learn, understand and complete challenging assignments, and master new concepts through free one-on-one tutoring by phone and online chat.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

PreK-12

Key resources from Healthier Generation to help you and your family navigate possible disruptions to your everyday routines – from remote work and school closures to increased stress or anxiety.

Learning Without Tears

PreK

Get Set for School for Pre-K comes to life with an abundance of exciting and engaging multimedia options. With this digital platform you can access activity books, lessons, demonstrations of letter and number formations, music, videos, stories, and more. Platform flexibility allows you to use an interactive white board, a laptop or a tablet.

Learning Without Tears

K-5

Bring student workbooks to life with the Handwriting Interactive Teaching Tool. This no prep, comprehensive approach to teaching includes digital letter formations, teaching videos, and fun animations your children will love.

Epic!

K-5 

Instantly Access 35,000 eBooks, Learning Videos, Quizzes and more for K-5!

Breezy Special Ed

K-12

Ideas for Life Skills Development from free- and some paid- resources. 

Webinars

Parents/
Teachers

A series of webinars provided by Edmentum including “How to Support Your Students during School Closures,” “Best Practices for Teachers Making the Switch to Virtual Instruction,’ and “How Educators Can Address Special Populations, Accountability, Staff Training, and More When Implementing E-Learning.” 

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10cZC2rdG1RQKz73C1phonkQvP1yu37-WYLZM11ef7CQ/edit?usp=sharing



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