April 12th - April 16th
Preview: All things Hybrid, Quarter 4, Asynchronous Days, etc.
I hope this newsletter finds you well.
Last week we hosted our Beaumont Town Hall Informational Session. We had close to 80 families who were able to attend, learn about the plan for Hybrid instruction and ask questions. We understand that some of our families were unable to make it; thus, we recorded the session. You can watch the video here.
This week is the start of quarter 4. This is also the week before Hybrid. We are very excited to welcome students into our building. Please read on to learn about this week's updates.
All the best,
BMS Administration Team
New Quarter Google Meet Class Codes
The new quarter begins on Monday, April 12th. Please reference these Google Meet Codes if your student is switching electives via the elective wheel. Please check Parent/StudentVue to review updated schedules.
April 14th, 15th and 16th: Asynchronous Instruction Information
During April 14-16, teachers will be preparing for in-person hybrid instruction. To continue student progress, students are completing coursework in all of their classes asynchronously. Each day, students should log into Canvas and complete the assigned work. Teachers will be posting assignments connected to course content, and/or curated modules focusing on careers, racial equity and social justice, resume-building, digital citizenship, financial literacy, and other topics/themes related to their course or grade level.
All Things Hybrid
Locating your Child's Cohort
In order to locate your student’s cohort, in StudentVue or ParentVue, you will click on the tab that says Student Info (should be near the bottom of the screen). Once this tab is open you will be able to see the cohort by looking at the HYBRID Cohort Box on the right of the screen.
Hybrid and CDL Only Schedules
BMS now has two different schedules that will be implemented with an effective start date of: April 19th, 2021. Please note all students will continue with CDL during the morning portion of the school day. Students/families who have selected the CDL Only (online only) program will continue with completion of Asynchronous activities during the afternoon portion of the school day. Students/families who have selected the Hybrid (CDL and In-person) program will attend online CDL classes in the morning portion of the school day, enjoy lunch and travel to BMS for in-person instruction for the remainder (afternoon) of the school day. Click here to preview our schedule(s).
For the remainder of the school year, students who participate in Hybrid will be divided into two different cohorts. Cohort A will attend in-person instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays. Cohort B will attend in-person instruction on Thursdays and Fridays. Please note, Friday’s “Skinny” day has now moved to Wednesday and will serve as a time for students to complete asynchronous schoolwork, work in teacher created online small groups and/or attend online Office Hours. Please see this schedule (scroll to the bottom and mark your calendars for your student's in-person sessions) to see which dates your student will attend classes per their assigned cohort.
When creating cohorts, we were mindful of class sizes and room capacities; thus, we are not able to accept/approve requests to change students’ assigned cohorts.
Hybrid instruction is an opportunity for students to become acclimated and begin transitioning back into in-person instruction while receiving in-person academic and social-emotional learning (SEL) support. All content will remain accessible to all students (Hybrid and CDL Only students). Hybrid is an opportunity for students to have instruction and content reinforced and to receive hands-on support for activities delivered during the AM sessions.
For additional information, please see PPS Hybrid FAQs
PPS Hybrid surveys are now closed. We are at capacity; however, if you chose the CDL Only learning option, but would like to consider Hybrid, please email Denise Hill at email@example.com and she will add you to the waitlist.
What to bring for Hybrid Instruction?
Students will not share materials and supplies. If your family is able, please send your student with the following items:
- Computer and charger (students should charge their computer nightly, please bring the computer and charger to school each day)
- 1 Five subject notebook
- 5 folders w/pockets
- Pencil box (pencils, pens, highlighter, scissors, glue stick, sharpie and individual basic calculator)
*Families who are unable to contribute at this time are welcome to reach out to counselors. Counselors are happy to support with gathering supplies for students.
Message from Verizon about Hot Spots
Verizon has been made aware that a very small number - less than .001% - of certain Verizon internet hotspots (devices called “Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS900L and MHS900LS”) used for distance learning have significantly overheated and caused heat-related damage.
Verizon and the device manufacturer are investigating the cause of those incidents and we are working with Verizon to provide options for exchanging your device if you so choose.
Please call Verizon at 800-540-4263 to arrange an exchange directly.
To help promote the safe operation of all devices, the manufacturer suggests the following best practices:
● Use only approved charging cables, including the cable provided.
● Unplug your device once it’s fully charged. Devices should not be left plugged in continuously.
● When not in use, power down your device.
● Place your device on a flat, solid, and sturdy surface such as a floor or table.
● Ensure your device is not covered for proper ventilation.
● Keep devices near room temperature when in use.
● Do not expose the units to extreme temperatures for extended periods of time.
● Do not expose the unit or its battery to water or other liquids.
● Do not drop the units and do not insert foreign objects into the battery or unit.
Technology continues to play a critical role in the educational process. If you have any questions or concerns about the technology issued to you, please contact your school for support.
Verizon está al tanto de que una cantidad muy pequeña, menos del 0.001%, de ciertos puntos de acceso a Internet de Verizon (dispositivos llamados “Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack MHS900L y MHS900LS”) utilizados para el aprendizaje a distancia se han sobrecalentado significativamente y han causado daños relacionados con el calor.
Verizon y el fabricante del dispositivo están investigando la causa de esos incidentes y estamos trabajando junto con Verizon para brindarles opciones para intercambiar su dispositivo si así lo desea.
llamen a Verizon al 800-540-4263 para organizar un intercambio directamente.
Para ayudar a promover el funcionamiento seguro de todos los dispositivos, el fabricante sugiere las siguientes mejores prácticas:
● Utilice solo cargadores aprobados, incluido el cable proporcionado.
● Desenchufe su dispositivo una vez que esté completamente cargado. Los dispositivos no deben dejarse enchufados de forma continua.
● Cuando no esté en uso, apague su dispositivo.
● Coloque su dispositivo sobre una superficie plana, sólida y resistente, como un piso o una mesa.
● Asegúrese de que su dispositivo no esté cubierto para que reciba una ventilación adecuada.
● Mantenga los dispositivos a temperatura ambiente cuando estén en uso.
● No exponga las unidades a temperaturas extremas durante períodos prolongados.
● No exponga la unidad o su batería al agua u otros líquidos.
● No deje caer las unidades y no inserte ningún objeto dentro de la batería o la unidad.
La tecnología sigue desempeñando un papel fundamental en el proceso educativo. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud sobre la tecnología que se le proporcionó, comuníquese con su escuela para recibir asistencia.