The Parsons Happenings
July 6, 2020
Message from your Proud Principal, Laura Clark
Answers to some of the questions you may have when determining your child's return to school option.
Sample Digital Learning Schedule
Sample Elementary Digital Learning Schedule
The recommended elementary digital learning schedule provides the following:
• Provides structure but flexibility
• Addresses lessons learned from DLD in the Spring
• Builds in time for interventions/extensions
• Builds in time for teacher professional development
• Allows for rolling between face to face and digital instruction if needed
Elementary Recommended Schedule:
Daily Live Check In
• Begin each day with a morning meeting with the whole class to develop classroom community, provide connection opportunities for peers, and to introduce the learning for the day. Daily Live Check In would take place at the same time each day and be recorded for students who could not attend live.
Balance of Synchronous and Asynchronous Teaching and Learning Opportunities
• Synchronous lessons will focus on content and AKS needing more support.
- Small group and individual synchronous instruction will take place for students daily to differentiate their learning based on formative assessment and classwork results.
- Teachers are recommended to hold a minimum of 4-5 small groups a day.
- Schools will create a schedule of synchronous lesson times.
• Students will receive instruction in ELA and MA daily.
• SC and SS instruction would alternate every other day.
• No new content provided to students on Fridays
• Remediation/Enrichment small groups based on data
• Embedded Professional Learning, Staff Meetings, etc.
Teacher Office Hours
• Teachers would have an open session for students each day to provide help and an additional opportunity to connect with their teacher.
• Teachers would have sessions available for parent sign up to answer questions and/or conference.
• Students attend one Special Area per week and engage in two lessons which could be completed on Flex Fridays if needed.
• Schools should not utilize LSTCs for Special Areas instruction during digital learning.
District Communication about Parent Survey
JUNE 25, 2020
Gwinnett County Public Schools is preparing to start the 2020-21 school year as planned on August 5. As part of the planning process, we gathered feedback from families about their preferred way to return to school. A survey completed in mid-June showed that 43% of parents prefer a return to in-person instruction; 34% prefer 100% digital learning; and 23% prefer an option that combines in-person instruction with digital learning.
Gwinnett County Public Schools considered this feedback and other relevant information available at the time. Leaders thoroughly studied combining in-person and digital learning. The many challenges related to this option make it one the school system cannot effectively manage with existing resources. Therefore, it was determined that the most prudent course of action is to open the school year with in-person instruction, along with an option for digital learning, for students in grades K-12.
For immediate planning purposes, the district will be asking all families to tell us which option they prefer for each of their children:
1) In-person instruction at their child’s school; or
2) Digital learning for their child at home.
Students will attend school based on the option chosen for all of first semester (through December). A change may be made after the first nine weeks, if it is needed to better serve the student.
On Monday, June 29, an email will be sent to the enrolling parent of every GCPS student. That parent will be asked to select one of the two options for each student in the home. Decisions must be made by July 10. Students in families who do not select an option by July 10 will be assigned to in-person instruction. Families will receive verification of their selection for each child.
First Day of School will be August 5th-Digitally and In Person
Be sure to check the school calendar for any updates
Summer Reading Program
Kindergarten Online Registration
Rising kindergarten children who will be five years old on or before September 1, 2020 and their parents or guardians
Register for the 2020-21 school year
Parents can register their student online and upload all required documents. You may also call the school to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Troshin for registration assistance.
Visit the website to register online. If you’re not sure if your child will attend Parsons, visit the county's "School Look-up" online at GCPS SchoolLocator. Be careful, Zillow is not always correct!
Completing online registration will help your child’s teacher be ready to welcome your new kindergartner on the first day of school which is Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
New this year, much of the registration process, including the uploading of documents needed for registration, will be completed online. Most document attachments (PDF, JPG, DOC, PNG, etc.) are compatible. The file-size limit is 2 MB. Families that are unable to obtain the required immunization and/or screening documents due to the COVID-19 situation will be given additional time to obtain those documents, but should go ahead and begin the online registration process.
Contact our registrar, Raiya Troshin. She can even set up a video chat if needed. firstname.lastname@example.org