2020-2021 Updates from the Bibb County School District
June 23, 2020 / Updated June 25, 2020
District Launching Remote Option and VIP Academy
The Bibb County School District is making remote options available for both current students and Bibb County children who are not currently enrolled in the District. Information about both programs is available on the District’s website at www.bcsdk12.net.
A June survey seeking feedback about COVID-19 was completed by 3,703 parents and showed that options for virtual learning ranked as a high priority for parents. For this reason, the District will offer a Remote Learning Option for 2020-2021. This will be an option for families who would like their child to receive instruction from home. Under this model, students in grades K-12 will be taught virtually by a Bibb County School District teacher. Families who choose this option will be required to have internet access at home. A limited number of electronic devices will be available for checkout from the District upon request, and parents may find a list of requirements for electronic devices on the District’s website to help them identify whether or not their home computer will be appropriate or if they will need to request a device from the District. Additionally, families considering Remote Learning should be aware this option requires a commitment of at least one semester. A parent must register his/her child for the Remote Learning Option from June 23-July 8. A parent letter outlining the Remote Learning Option and the application are available at www.bcsdk12.net/remote. The parent letter is also linked below.
Any student in the District who is not registered for Remote Learning by July 8 will be identified as participating in the District’s instructional plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The District is currently working to identify various models of instruction for 2020-2021 based on levels of community spread, which shall be designated by the Department of Public Health. The models will outline District operations and instruction for each of the following community scenarios: high spread, moderate spread and low spread. A plan for these models will be presented to the Bibb County Board of Education for review in July.
The District also is launching the VIP Academy for students in grades 6-12 who are currently homeschooled or enrolled in schools outside of the District. Classes will be offered online through Edgenuity. Through the VIP Academy, students who may have previously been homeschooled would now be eligible for District extracurriculars, such as athletics and music programs at their zoned schools, as well as the career pathway courses at W.S. Hutchings College and Career Academy for high school students. This program will be limited to 100 students in its pilot year. The application for this program is available at www.bcsdk12.net/vipacademy.
CLICK HERE to read Frequently Asked Questions about the Remote Learning Option.
Additional information about instructional and operational plans will be presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday, July 7.
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Parents, we want to help you stay informed! If you have not been receiving the automated School Messenger calls from the District, this means your contact information is not up to date in Infinite Campus. All parents have the ability to update their contact information by logging into Parent Portal, linked from each school’s website. Here is the direct link: https://campus.bibb.k12.ga.us/campus/portal/bibb.jsp. If you need help with the password to your account, please email email@example.com
Open House Dates
Wednesday, Aug. 5 – High Schools & Elam
GRADE 12 - 9:30-10:30 am
GRADE 11 - 11 am-12 pm
GRADE 10 - 1:30-2:30 pm
GRADE 9 - 3-4:30 pm
Thursday, Aug. 6 – Middle Schools, Elam & Hutchings
GRADE 8 - 11 am-12 pm
GRADE 7 - 12-1 pm
GRADE 6 - 1:30-3 pm
Hutchings schedule by pathways - forthcoming*
Friday, Aug. 7 – Elementary, Elam, SOAR & Northwoods
GRADES K & 5 - 9-10 am
GRADE 1 & 3 - 10:30 am-11:30 am
GRADE 2 & 4 - 1:30-2:30 pm
GRADE Pre-K - 3-4 pm
Northwoods scheduling by phone calls with parents
SOAR Middle School 9:30-10:30 am
SOAR High School 11 am-12 pm
Don't Forget About Summer Meal Service
Summer Resources for Parents
Summer Reading Challenge
The Bibb County School District is once again partnering with the Middle Georgia Regional Libraries to promote summer reading. When students don’t read during the summer months, they lose educational ground. In fact, research shows that students can lose up to three months of reading ability over the summer. To ensure that Bibb County students don’t fall behind while school is out of session, we are asking all students to read every day during the summer for a minimum of 20 minutes. Due to our unusual circumstances students may not have the same kind of access to print books that they are accustomed to, however they do have access to many books through a variety of online resources. This makes it easier than ever for all students to find great books.
The theme for this year’s summer reading program is “Imagine Your Story.” During the summer break all Bibb County students will have personalized access to high quality digital books in their myOn accounts through their ClassLink portal. In addition to utilizing digital books online, students are also encouraged to visit the public library to check out books once they re-open.
Students should choose to read books using the guidelines below. There are no required reading lists for most BCSD students. High school students should always check with their teachers for required reading. Any required reading counts towards summer reading goals. If you need reading suggestions, check out the suggested titles link on the BCSD Summer Reading Reading Challenge web page. Each school has worked with students to make sure each student knows their Lexile level. If you have any questions about Lexile levels, please reach out to your child’s Language Arts teacher or contact the school for assistance. Also, new this summer, Accelerated Reader quizzes will be available through student ClassLink accounts all summer. Students are encouraged to take AR tests within a few days of reading a book which has a test is available. We encourage you to make summer reading a fun family activity by reading to and reading with your children when possible!
Summer reading goals based on grade levels are:
- K-1st Grade students: 10 Books (5 on Lexile; 5 student choice regardless of Lexile level)
- 2nd Grade Students: 8 Books (4 on Lexile; 4 student choice regardless of Lexile level)
- 3rd Grade Students: 8 books, at least 2 of them – chapter books and one book report (4 on their Lexile level; 4 student choice regardless of Lexile – at least one of the chapter books has to be on Lexile level)
- 4th and 5th Grade Students: 3 chapter books and one book report (2 on their Lexile level; 1 student choice regardless of Lexile level)
- 6th – 12th Grade Students: 4 books (a variety of nonfiction and fiction (2 on their Lexile level; 2 student choice regardless of Lexile level)
Students can print a reading log from the Summer Reading Challenge page on the Parents section of the BCSD web page. Or students can create a reading log that includes the same information as the BCSD reading log. High school and middle school students should return their completed BCSD Reading Log(s) to their first period teacher and elementary school students should return their completed log(s) to their homeroom teacher on the first day of school.
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North Central Health District (NCHD) COVID-19 Information: https://northcentralhealthdistrict.org/coronavirus/
Georgia Department of Public Health COVID-19 Information: https://dph.georgia.gov/
Georgia Department of Education COVID-19 Information: gadoe.org/coronavirus
U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Information: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus
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