GCSD 2020-21 Reopening Plan: Technology and Connectivity

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Internet Access

The district has (and will again) administered surveys and other data sources to identify families in need of internet access. Many internet hotspots have been obtained from Verizon and have been distributed to families in need.  All hotspots include an unlimited data plan to ensure that students are able to connect without any disruptions.  Additionally, parents will be informed of offers from other providers to provide free internet connection (e.g., Spectrum).

Technology Support

Ongoing support from the district’s IT Department will be provided.  Requests for support can be submitted via email or via the form located on the district Technology Support webpage.

Remote Learning

Based on current COVID-19 circumstances, we are planning for all students at grades 7-12  to start the school year with a hybrid learning model that adheres to local and state public health guidance and allows for social distancing to the greatest extent possible. We considered numerous hybrid schedules that balance the health and safety of all school community members, strive to provide the best academic experience for students, and consider the needs of families and stakeholders.  We decided on the model that works within our current staffing and establishes an alternating day schedule for 7-12.

All teachers will support students with blended learning via online platforms for course management, dissemination of resources, and assessment of learning.  All students at grades 7-12 have been provided with take-home devices (Chromebooks).  Via parent surveys, monitoring of student engagement and participation, and regular communications with parents, any student who does not have adequate internet access will be provided with a Verizon Hotspot.

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