CCS Digital Academy Weekly Updates

Log on, Lock in, Engage!

A MESSAGE FOR CCS DIGITAL ACADEMY FAMILIES!!!

The staff of the Digital Academy are so Thankful for the students and family we serve. Please have safe holiday season.

SENIOR CLASS MEETING REMINDER

Wednesday November 18th at

12:00 pm & 6:00 pm

CCS Digital Academy will host a

MANDATORY SENIOR MEETING

Registration and Zoom link can be found on the flyer.

Please contact the DA office or Mr. Narra with any questions

CCS Digital Academy Family Survey

We are asking for your feedback as we prepare for second semester. Please take a moment to complete a brief survey to help guide our decisions for second semester. Thank you in advance for your support.


CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

Digital Academy Semester 2 Registration

The registration period for remaining in the Digital Academy for second semester, or transitioning to the remote program will be from 11/20/2020 through 12/4/2020. The enrollment form can be accessed through the parent portal.


Please note: Registering for the CCS Digital Academy is for a second semester commitment from January 20, 2020 through June 3, 2020. If your child is already enrolled in the CCS Digital Academy and you want them to remain there, you have nothing further to do.


*If you are unable to retrieve your Parent Portal username or password, please send a request with your picture ID AND your child's name and birthday to parentportalaccess@columbus.k12.oh.us

Conferences

THANK YOU to all the families and students who participated in conferences with the mentors last week. Please keep in mind you can conference with your child's mentor at anytime. Please feel free to contact your mentor, or the DA office with any questions on how to set up a conference.

No Check-in During Thanksgiving Break


November 25th-27th is Thanksgiving Break. CCSDA students are still permitted to work, but they will not be able to check-in in the portals. Please note, CCSDA mentors will NOT be available during Thanksgiving Break. Check-in will resume on Monday, November 30th.

Daily Attendance

Checking-In


DO NOT forget to "CHECK IN" to the Parent/Student Portal to document your child’s attendance daily. CCS Digital Academy, as apart of Columbus City Schools, recognizes Ohio Law HB410. Many CCSDA families will receive a HB 410 Parent Notification letter due to attendance reflected in Infinite Campus. If you know you or your child has missed "check-ins", please complete the Attendance Correction Form linked below. We have also provided a link to the training video for how to check in attendance.


Please note, students will NOT be able to "check-in" on dates scheduled as "days off" for students. While the student may not be able to check-in, students are permitted to work any day of the week. If you have any questions regarding student attendance, please contact the CCSDA office, or your child's mentor.


Daily Check-In Video

Attendance Correction Form

Edgenuity Updates

Grades will include all work from September 8, 2020 through January 14, 2020. The Digital Academy will use the Standards Based report cards much like the report cards that are used in traditional elementary schools. The only difference is that the 2nd quarter grade will include all work from Sept 8, 2020 through January 14, 202 as the Digital Academy is a self-paced program. The grade card includes the following grades;


Four (4)- Above the standard

Three (3)- Meets the standard

Two (2)- Progressing to the standards

One (1)- Working below

Zero (0) – Not enough work to grade

Currently, we are working with our staff and Edgenuity to reorganize second semester work. If your child has completed all of semester one, please have them go back and re-do any assignment to increase their final grades. If students have completed everything, please reach out to your teacher for suggestions on what to do next. We encourage students to read daily and use iReady to help increase their skill level.


The Edgenuity platform allows students to work at their own pace. The end of first quarter is October 27, 2020; semester one modules are not due until January 15, 2021.


Please note that your student can complete the Health and Physical Education, however it is NOT REQUIRED, nor are the courses graded.

Edgenuity Parent Help Center for grades K-5

The new Parent Help Center includes videos, in Spanish and English, to introduce parents/guardians to the Buzz LMS and Genius SIS, along with PDFs of common questions and general information about helping students be successful with virtual learning: https://help.edgenuityinstructionalservices.com/hc/en-us/categories/360004572034


When Technical issues arise, parents/guardians can submit a ticket through the Help Center to receive assistance. These tickets will go directly to the Instructional Services Operations team: https://help.edgenuityinstructionalservices.com/hc/en-us/requests/new


Edgenuity staff will continue to add resources as they are built, including more documents with translation into the Spanish language.

Studies Weekly

Studies Weekly has been added and will be graded. It has replaced the Edgenuity Social Studies curriculum. Studies Weekly can be signed in to by logging into Clever.


We have created a pacing guide to help guide the completion of Studies Weekly articles. The pacing guide starts at week 9, and continues to the end of the semester. Please click the link below to view the pacing guide.


STUDIES WEEKLY PACING GUIDE

APEX UPDATES


  • Columbus City School’s Digital Academy continues to collect data on students’ progress, success and struggles in both the Digital Academy and the Remote learning models. We collectively looked at all material and have made adjustments. Making changes requires sensitivity to the instructional design and takes time to ensure that the course content is carefully balanced with respect to the learning objectives. To address the social emotional well-being of our students, the Digital Academy has decided to follow the CCS blended model in prioritizing course expectations for each course. Please be assured that all courses will meet the state standards.


  • Moving forward you will notice that students are being exempted from many of the original assigned activities and projects. In some cases, students will notice that certain units have been removed. Students who did not attempt the activities will be excused while students that have completed assignments or have turned assignments will be given extra credit for completing the activities.


  • You and your student will see the changes when you return from Thanksgiving break. We will also incorporate due dates so that student can see their actual grade and progress. We are hoping that these changes will help guide students in completing the courses that they have been assigned.


  • Students will receive a grade second quarter that will include all course content from September 8, 2020 through the end of second quarter, January 14, 2020. If the student does not complete the work, they will receive an incomplete until all content from the semester 1 is complete. The second quarter grade will become their final grade to earn the ½ credit for the course. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our office at 614-365-5485. We hope that these changes will help reduce the stress and anxiety in these unprecedented times.


  • You can have tests unlocked from 3:30-7pm Monday through Thursday and Saturdays from 10-2pm. There will be a Google Form made available on the CCSDA website and the mentors' Google Classroom. Students must send their test unlock requests using their CCS email accounts. Students should keep their accounts open while taking tests in case the teacher needs to reach out for clarification.


  • Coach accounts have been added to student accounts. You should begin receiving Coach Reports every Sunday. The Coach "Getting Started Guide" is posted on the CCSDA website for instructions. Feel free to email mentors, or the grade level CCSDA administrator if you are not receiving a coach’s report. *Coaches’ reports are under review; we realize the reports are misleading. Since there are no “due dates” for Apex assignments, the reports do not reflect assignments students have yet to complete. We are working with the vendor to create a more accurate Coaches’ reports.


  • Some Apex course pacing guides are posted in the mentors' and teachers' Google Classrooms. Pacing guides assist students with “staying on track”. Students can work at their own pace, but they must complete the entire course (X section) by the end of first semester. First semester ends January 15th, 2021. Please make note as you plan for the holiday season. Half of all activities should be completed by the end of the first quarter, October 27, 2020. Please contact your mentor and/or teacher with any questions.

MASKS UP!!!

Finally, Columbus City Schools is asking our community to continue its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, and avoid large gatherings. We must all do our part, even though it can seem difficult or inconvenient at times, to slow the spread of this virus in our community.

Multiple Layers of Security for Chromebooks

Dear Columbus City Schools Families,


As you may be aware, privacy and multiple layers of security features are built into every Chromebook to be safe for use right out of the box. To improve on that security, we are adding a layer of protection for our students.


The District will be updating the Chromebooks to implement tighter web filtering controls while students are using the internet. When implemented, this change will provide the students with a filtered internet experience, similar to what they would have if they were in one of our school buildings.


The only thing we need you to do is make sure your children are signing into the Chromebooks using their District provided credentials. If you have any questions or issues, please contact the CCS Technology Help Desk at 614-365-8425.

Need extra Help for your child?

City Invests in Learning Extension Centers (From the desk of Dr. Dixon)


On Thursday, I participated in a press conference with the City of Columbus, I Know I Can, and City Year to announce that the City is investing $2 million in Learning Extension Centers (LECs) in our communities. This investment, which comes on top of the already $7 million the City provided to purchase 20,000 Chromebooks for CCS students, will help us better serve our families during virtual learning.

LECs are a true community partnership effort with many of our city’s non-profit and faith-based organizations that address the educational and social-emotional needs of our students and families during this time of virtual learning.

We have 145 LECs around the city with a collective capacity to serve 3,500 students daily. These LECs offer internet access for students to interface with their teachers and virtual assignments while also providing safe, educationally-conducive environments for students whose families may not have the resources at home.

To make it easy for families to find the LEC closest to their home, we have created an interactive map on our website.


Thank you once again to Mayor Andrew Ginther and City Council President Shannon Hardin for the City’s continued investment in our students and their families. And thank you to our valued non-profit partners for walking alongside us as we navigate the ways to best serve our school community.

FUEL UP!

October 30, 2020 -- Columbus City Schools (CCS) is upgrading how it provides food for students at its 44 Fuel Up! Meal sites across the District with new enhanced options for families.


Beginning Monday, November 2, the District will add a Monday through Friday grab-and-go option from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with more traditional menu items. The meals will include freshly prepared hot and cold items such as pizza, hamburgers, lasagna rolls, salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, muffins, juice, and milk. During this time, families will also be able to pick up the next day’s breakfast.

Also, new, take-home meals will be available to support students on the weekends and holidays.


The District will continue to offer families the convenience of picking up a five-day meal pack once a week, on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. In compliance with federal guidelines, families who choose to pick up a five-day meal pack on Wednesdays will not be eligible to pick up a daily meal over the next five (5) calendar days.


Grab-and-go meals are for any student under 18 years of age.

“We continue to provide an unprecedented level of food service for our families during this COVID crisis,” said Superintendent/CEO Dr. Talisa Dixon. “ We heard from our families that they wanted expanded options. This new model will provide a variety of meals and choices for our families throughout the week.”


Since the start of the District’s Grab-and-Go food site effort at the beginning of this pandemic last March, the CCS Food Services team has provided more than two million meals to young people throughout our entire community.


“That’s millions of free healthy breakfasts and lunches that Columbus families didn’t have to worry about for their children as they dealt with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Food Services Director Joe Brown.


Visit the Fuel Up website to download a map with the 44 meal site locations.

Traditional School Calendar

REMINDER

The CCS Digital Academy follows the Columus City School's traditional school calendar. Teachers nor mentors are available on days schools are not in session.

Sports

CCS Digital Academy students are permitted to participate in sports at their home school. Please contact the home school's athletic director with any questions.