The plan submitted to NCDPI can be viewed here.
All public school units in NC are required to submit this plan in accordance with Senate Bill 704. This plan focuses on how the distance learning component will be structured at TESG. We recognize that this is a challenging time for all, but our community will continue to meet challenges head-on with grace and dedication.
The COVID Task Force has diligently met over the course of the last 2 months to discuss weekly updates related to the reopening of school. During this time, there were extensive discussions about what school would look like for students while adhering to the guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With all factors considered, we remain committed to providing meaningful instruction at TESG.
After finishing the 2019-2020 school year remotely, TESG staff reflected on the experience and are equipped with relevant training, ample prep time, and collective dedication to ensuring remote learning in the fall meets the high standard of TESG instruction. Through a detailed remote instruction plan & refined school-wide procedures, guidelines, and commitments, TESG staff are prepared to deliver online instruction that is as community-based, equitable, design-based, rigorous, and experiential as possible. Using data collected and relevant research for best practices in online learning, staff have worked to streamline instructional procedures and make lessons engaging and manageable for students and families. We will use the following tools, Zoom, phone, and our learning management sites Seesaw (K-4) and Google Classroom (5-8) to ensure consistent communication.
As a team, we understand that guidance may change as public health conditions evolve. We feel it is best to engage remote instruction until January, yet we will reassess at the end of November (end of first trimester), and if possible we will begin to phase into meeting face-to-face. We understand this option can be problematic in terms of childcare for families. We are working with our community partners to find options that might meet this need. If your student is eligible for free or reduced lunch, food pick-up will continue during remote learning. We will have more information about technology assistance in the coming weeks. Attendance drives Department of Public Instruction (DPI) funding to TESG. As such, attendance continues to be important. In particular the first day of school and the first 20 days of the school year are crucial to determining our funding for the year. Details for attendance will be forthcoming.
As always, we appreciate your flexibility, dedication and support as we navigate the opening of the 2020-2021 school year.