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Emergency Learning Plan

In response to Governor Northam’s executive orders prompting the extended closure of schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, and with guidance from the Virginia Department of Education, our division will shift to Phase II: 2019-2020 VBCPS Emergency Learning Plan, a model designed to address essential standards, while at the same time providing students with flexibility in meeting those standards. By implementing an emergency learning plan, we will be able to continue to provide much of what was provided during Phase I: Continuity of Learning while ensuring students are being provided learning aligned to the most essential standards and skills to prepare students for promotion to the next grade level.

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Who? All students will be provided instructional experiences with a focus on the most essential standards.

Where? Our learning management system, Schoology, or other platforms with which students are accustomed to receiving instruction, will continue to be utilized to provide learning experiences and communication with students at home during the school closing.

How? Teachers will provide instructional experiences to all students aligned to the essential standards and will share schedules. Learning experiences and assignments submitted by students will be reviewed by their teachers to provide on-going feedback to maximize student learning and to confirm students engaged in the Emergency Learning Plan. To provide a balance, students will be offered both digital and non-digital experiences. Teachers will continue to be available during office hours Tuesday through Friday to provide support and offer feedback to students. For the Emergency Learning Period, based on the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Education Task Force, there will not be any grading for students on any level. While this may be surprising to some, these are different times, and they require different thinking.

VBCPS believes focusing on student, teacher and family well-being should be the first priority of a school division during such difficult times. We will focus on the essential standards for designing learning experiences as well as offer our students team-building and social interaction opportunities.

VBCPS understands every child’s circumstances are different. Some parents may desire more homework and instruction while others desire less. We also understand our teachers have their own families in their care. The impact of the economy is an additional source of stress for all stakeholders. VBCPS teachers and administrators will remain flexible, supportive and understanding to ensure all students are able to continue to engage in learning and complete the required assignments to be successful the following year.

If your student is having difficulty accessing instruction, please contact your child’s teacher via email or call your child’s school. Building administrators, teachers and counselors will work with families and students who are unable to access assignments online.

Emergency Learning Plan

Click on the buttons below to access details of the Emergency Learning Plan by level.

Expectations for Students

Students are encouraged to engage in the assignments and tasks provided by their teachers each week. These opportunities can be completed at any time during the school closure.

  • Students should take advantage of teacher office hours to receive feedback and support from their teachers.
  • Students need their VBCPS Chromebook (or another device) with internet access, Clever login information, and Schoology. If students have difficulty logging into Clever, they may contact their teacher to receive support logging in.
  • If students need help with assignments, they should use the messaging feature in Schoology or email their teacher.

Devices

Students need their VBCPS Chromebook (or another device) with internet access, Clever login information, and Schoology. If students have difficulty logging into Clever, they may contact their teacher to receive support logging in.

Internet Access

We are committed to helping families without internet find options for connectivity. If students do not have access at home, please click here or call (757) 263-1111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday to speak with our Department of Technology Help Desk staff.

Student Support

Teachers will provide instructional assignments and tasks for all students. Teachers will be available during virtual office hours to provide support and offer feedback to students.

A family checklist is included below to support families with learning experiences.

  • Contact any counselor through email or Schoology if you have any concern or issue that needs attention. School counselors are available to support students with non-instructional needs based on the schedule provided by the school.
  • Email a school counselor or call (757) 263-1111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to speak with a school social worker about receiving support for your child and/or family.
  • Message your child’s teacher in Schoology or through email if your child needs help with an assignment or needs clarification. Please acknowledge your child’s level of frustration. Teachers will also be available during scheduled office hours to answer any questions you or your student may have.
  • Contact the Department of Technology Help Desk at (757) 263-1111 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday if your child is having difficulty with their Chromebook.