BJE Online Learning Newsletter

Thursday, April 9, 2020

PURPOSE

This is a one-stop newsletter for all important information as it pertains to our new online learning environment. It is the responsibility of the recipients to read through the newsletter and its attachments thoroughly in its entirety.

AUDIENCE: ALL TEACHERS

TOPIC: Term 3 Grading Verification

DUE DATE: 4/20/2020

DESCRIPTION: (From Dr. Mensa) For the past few weeks we have been working in the Design Team to develop a clear plan for how we will approach grading for the 3rd and 4th Term in the online learning environment. It was extremely important to consider all options for finalizing Term 3 as those decisions have an impact on the plans for Term 4 grading. We shared plans for Term 3 and 4 with the Board and will continue to inform you in detail during a Townhall meeting. Currently, we are prepared to share the timeline for Term 3 verification which many of you have started already. Please review the timeline.

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DOCUMENTS: T3 Verification Timeline

AUDIENCE: ALL TEACHERS

TOPIC: Virtual Professional Learning Day

DUE DATE: 4/13/2020

DESCRIPTION: The district is following our 2019-2020 district calendar, and we will proceed with a campus professional development day on Monday, April 13, 2020. At this time, we have not received information on paraprofessional expectations for this day. Teachers will need to register in eLearning for our campus PD. Course code is BJES2201 Virtual Professional Development

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DOCUMENTS: BJE Virtual PD Day

AUDIENCE: ALL TEACHERS

TOPIC: BJE Online Learning Master Schedule

DUE DATE: N/A

DESCRIPTION: Revised master schedule for online learning that reflects grade level conference times, lesson planning, conference period, and student monitoring.

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DOCUMENTS: Jordan ES Online Master Schedule

AUDIENCE: ALL TEACHERS

TOPIC: Virtual PLC Schedule

DUE DATE: N/A

DESCRIPTION: Revised grade level virtual PLC schedules.

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DOCUMENTS: BJE Virtual PLC Meetings

AUDIENCE: CLASSROOM TEACHERS & ADA

TOPIC: Enrollment & Attendance Updates

DUE DATE: N/A

DESCRIPTION: Updates provided from Dr. Guillory regarding student attendance. Teachers do not record online engagement attendance in Skyward. Spring 2020 PreK enrollment has been postponed due to the need to assess students. 2020-2021 New Student Enrollment continues for students in grades 1st-12th. There are no dates as of yet for Kindergarten 2020-2021 enrollment.

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AUDIENCE: CCC, ESL SPECIALISTS, & CLASSROOM TEACHERS

TOPIC: TELPAS 2020 TEA Updates

DUE DATE: N/A

DESCRIPTION: FBISD will not complete 2020 TELPAS assessments. FBISD will administer LAS (Links Assessment to English) for students who are potential candidates for reclassification. FBISD will complete 2020 TELPAS Alt only for those ELs who the ARD & LPAC determined reclassification.

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DOCUMENTS: TELPAS Testing Plan

AUDIENCE: ALL TEACHERS

TOPIC: Student Password Reset

DUE DATE: 4/30/2020

DESCRIPTION: Student Password Reset Instructions for Teachers (previously provided Fall 2019) to reset HS, MS & ES Student passwords, as necessary. High School and Middle School Student password resets are covered in Account Management Teacher Job Aid.pdf and Elementary School Student password resets are covered in StudentInfo – Job Aid – ElementaryPasswordReset.pdf. There are two processes are because HS & MS students *can* reset their own passwords (the password reset process sets a ‘temporary’ password that the HS or MS Student must change) while ES students can only use their assigned password (their password is simply reset to the original value if forgotten). Teachers *must* be on the District network at a campus or remote via VPN (Remote Access – VPN – for District Staff.pdf).

LINKS: https://tinyurl.com/vwajllo

DOCUMENTS: Account Management Teacher Job Aid

AUDIENCE: ALL TEACHERS

Topic: Student Device Information

Due Date: N/A

Description: Please communicate to your staff that for those families who request a laptop or hotspot we are using the following guidelines:

· Due to limited supply, one loaner laptop will be issued for each family at 3 students for each device. Due to limited supply, one loaner hotspot will be issued per family, regardless of the number of students. The family must specifically request a hotspot in order to receive one. These loaner devices are to be returned when we return to normal operations. Device's care and use information is included. An At-Home Learning Support Center has been established to assist parents and students with technical issues and other instructional needs. The number is 281-634-0826. Centralized device deployment from Marshall HS and Austin HS is scheduled this week from April 7 – 9.Families who have requested a device will be assigned a pickup location based on their feeder pattern. Families who have not requested a device should be instructed to contact their campus, speak to a teacher or call the At-Home Learning Support Center. They will then be assigned a pickup location. We have a limited amount of devices and an even more limited number of hotspots. We asked that if a family has the means to provide online connectivity please use it. We have many families in the District that do not have either device or an Internet connection.

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AUDIENCE: ALL TEACHERS

TOPIC: Setting Up Secure Zoom Meetings

DUE DATE: N/A

DESCRIPTION: There are many news stories regarding Zoom meeting security and “Zoom bombing” (the term for uninvited guests crashing a Zoom meeting and causing disruption). FBISD has developed a guide Best Practices for Setting up Safe Classrooms with Zoom as well as a job aid Best Practices for Setting up Safe Classrooms with Zoom - Job Aid containing information on securing Zoom for classroom use. A non-FBISD generated infographic is also available.

LINKS: Best Practices for Setting Up Safe Classrooms, Best Practices for Setting up Safe Classrooms with Zoom – Job Aid, 10 Ways to Secure Zoom

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ACTION ITEMS

1. Classroom Teachers need to register in eLearning for Monday's PD by 4/9/2020.

2. Remember self-care! If you feel overwhelmed, it is okay to step away & take a break.

3. Tomorrow is the Good Friday holiday. I challenge you to not do work, and instead enjoy this much deserved time with family.

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