The Latest in Distance Learning

April 1, 2020

In this update, you will find information about:


  • Ending the third marking period on April 3
  • Resources and tools for families and students during distance learning
  • Transition week reminders
  • Technology troubleshooting for your child's WCPS-issued device
  • Free community WiFi locations
  • Best ways to contact your child's school during the closure

Third Marking Period Ends April 3

Teachers will be completing grades for the third marking period on Friday, April 3. If your child was assigned work in advance of March 13, 2020, teachers may be reaching out to have the assignment submitted for third marking period grades.


If work is not able to be submitted by this Friday, student grades may be marked incomplete. The incomplete will be changed to a grade if the student submits marking period three work to their teacher within 10 days.


Middle and high school grades will be posted to ParentVUE/StudentVUE on April 10.

Elementary school grades will be posted to ParentVUE/StudentVUE on April 13.

Report cards will be mailed home the week of April 13.

Distance Learning Support for Families & Students

We understand many of you are being asked to step into unfamiliar roles as we transition to an online learning environment from home. This initiative will be most successful with a strong partnership between students, families, and educators.


WCPS has compiled resources to support families and students who are navigating this new and exciting journey. Visit Distance Learning @ WCPS to find tutorials, tips for pacing the online school day, an overview of the distance learning curriculum and weekly objectives, and more.

REMINDER: Transition Week

We are using this week (March 30 - April 3) as a week to transition students and staff to an online learning environment.


Here's what you can expect:


  • Teachers will be setting up their Google Classrooms and re-connecting with students, online and offline.
  • Schools will be providing recommended distance learning schedules
  • Students can complete grade level projects to stay engaged in learning. These assignments are available at Keep Learning @ WCPS. Work that is completed the week of March 30 - April 3 through Keep Learning @ WCPS will not be submitted to teachers or graded.


Contact your child's school if:


  • You still need to pick up your student's device from the school.
  • You do not have access to the internet. Principals will work with families to provide printed materials.

Technology Troubleshooting with WCPS Devices

If you encounter an issue with your child's WCPS-issued iPad or Chromebook, our Technology team is available to help. Parents/guardians can complete an online form with contact information and a description of the problem.


WCPS staff will respond in a timely manner via email.


Submit your concern by clicking the button below.

Governor Hogan's Stay at Home Order identifies "travel to and from an educational institution for purposes of receiving meals or instructional materials for distance learning" as an "Essential Activity." Travel for these purposes is allowed.

Access WiFi at WCPS

There are WCPS WiFi locations at some of our school campuses. A student or parent can bring a WCPS-issued iPad or Chromebook to the area of the hot spot, and it will automatically connect to the WCPS network. It's a good idea to have the student's username and password available.


Other WiFi Community Hotspots

Antietam Broadband and Comcast/Xfinity are opening up community WiFi hot spots for free use during the COVID-19 crisis. This service may be changed at any time at the discretion of the internet provider.


*Remember, for distance learning, students can connect to WiFi to download assignments, complete them offline, and then connect to WiFi again to upload assignments for teacher review.


It is recommended that students and parents stay in their vehicles to access the hotspots. If you are not in a vehicle, you are encouraged to maintain social distancing of at least 20 feet from others. You'll find a list of hotspot locations below!

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Discounted Internet Service

Antietam Broadband and Comcast/Xfinity are offering discounted internet plans to qualified families.


For more information on Antietam Broadband's discounted internet service, call 301-797-5000.


For more information on Comcast's Xfinitiy service, visit: https://www.internetessentials.com.

Meal Sites Continue to Operate

Lunch, a snack, and breakfast for the following day is available for any child 18 years old and under at the following sites and times:
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We ask that students and families visiting the meal sites maintain the recommended social distancing standards of six feet. Meals are served in a grab-n-go style so there is no congregating at the locations.

School Contact Information

To prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, principals are the only staff members in our schools. It is best to reach principals via email at this time.


If you have questions about your student's assignments, please contact the teacher.

Questions?

If you have general questions during the school closure period, email COVID-19@wcps.k12.md.us. Inquiries will be handled and responded to by the appropriate staff.