The GCCS Board of School Trustees approved last evening a balanced calendar model for the 2020-2021 school year. Click on the link below to download the calendar.
The first teacher day will be July 24, 2020 and certified staff will have this day to prepare their classrooms prior to the first student day which is July 29, 2020. The calendar also includes three built in eLearning days on September 8, 2020, February 15, 2021 and April 29, 2021. Two of the eLearning days will include staff professional development. The first week of Spring Break during the 2020-2021 school year will be snow makeup days if school is closed due to inclement weather and eLearning days are not used. Information is posted below regarding eLearning days. Parents/guardians are encouraged to refrain from scheduling vacations during the first week of Spring Break in case snow makeup days are needed.
Election Day will be used as a district-wide parent/teacher conference day and high school graduations will be held on June 4 and June 5, 2021.
Greater Clark County Schools will provide students with the opportunity to educationally engage outside of the traditional school setting through the implementation of eLearning days beginning January 2020. The use of eLearning days will enhance the district’s ongoing 1:1 computer initiative by providing students with instruction during school cancellations. The Indiana Department of Education encourages school districts to hold eLearning days as an opportunity for students to continue their lessons through technology initiatives.
What is eLearning?
eLearning utilizes electronic technologies to access curriculum outside of the traditional classroom. Greater Clark County Schools believes that continuity of instruction in the event of the loss of an instructional day, due to weather or other circumstances, is a critical component to our students’ success. Therefore, our schools will provide the opportunity for students to interact with their teachers through the use of personal devices, Google Classroom, email and other electronic and digital media to ensure uninterrupted instruction.
What are the different eLearning days?
- Inclement Weather eLearning Day – These are the days that school is closed due to inclement weather and/or other weather related issues. Teachers will post assignments on these eLearning days by 9:00 a.m.
- Planned eLearning Day (starting with the 2020-2021 school year) – These are predetermined dates that will be shared in the school calendar in which teachers may be attending professional development and/or teacher only days. Teachers will post assignments on planned eLearning days by 5:00 p.m. the night before the planned day.
How will I know if it’s an eLearning day?
A School Messenger notification will be sent to parents regarding a school closing and the use of an eLearning day. The district’s status will also be posted on our website (gccschools.com<http://gccschools.com>) and social media channels.
When will teachers be available for help?
- Teachers will answer questions and provide support (both content/skills and assignment clarification) between 9 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on the eLearning day. Each teacher will have provided the best method of contacting them prior to an eLearning day. Teachers will be available to respond to emails until 2:30 p.m.
- If you have trouble contacting your child’s teacher, please contact their school.
When are assignments due?
- Assignments are due three (3) school days upon returning from an eLearning day. Your child’s school will provide hours for these opportunities in advance.
- Students will be expected to complete all work within three (3) school days or they will be counted as absent for that eLearning day.
What if I don’t have internet or a school issued device?
- Attempt to make contact with the teacher.
- Many times teachers can give parts of the assignment that can be completed without internet to prevent the student from getting more behind than necessary.
- Students having technical problems will be provided opportunities to complete the work within three (3) school days following the eLearning day.
- Grades K-2 – more information will be shared by your child’s teacher.
Consideration for Students with Accommodations (IEP, 504, ELL)
For those students who require special accommodations or direct services to meet their individual needs, teachers will work closely with students and their families to ensure their assignments reflect both individual education plans and expected learning objectives for the class.