Pleasant Plains Parent Update

April 7, 2020

Letter from Joyce Albert, Principal

Beginning this week, our Continuity of Learning Plan for all Pleasant Plains Elementary School students will go into effect. Starting this week students will be able to access new learning in several different ways:


Packets of Schoolwork

Soon all students will be receiving a packet of school-work in the mail. The copying and distribution of all the packets is taking our central office staff a little longer than first anticipated; however, the packets should be arriving shortly. In the meantime, students can access the "packets" on the BCPS website:

https://www.bcps.org/system/studentlearningresources/

Students should complete the work assigned each week and maintain all their work in a folder or binder. Students will work with their teacher to submit their work for feedback.


Supplemental Materials Posted in Schoology

Our teachers have been working hard this past week to create supplemental materials to support the schoolwork provided in the packets. The supplemental materials will be posted in Schoology at the beginning of each week. Students can access Schoology on a computer or via an app on a smartphone.


Virtual Classroom Meetings

Teachers will be available to connect with students once a week during scheduled, virtual classroom meeting. To join the virtual meeting, your child will be using an app called Hangout Meet by Google. This app will allow them to communicate with their teachers and to attend the virtual classroom meetings. All BCPS students can access links to their on-line classroom meetings by going onto each teacher’s Schoology course page and joining the meeting. If you do not have access to Schoology and/or your child needs help joining a meeting, please just email your child's teacher. For those of you who do not have computers, students can also join the classroom meetings by calling in on a phone.


Office Hours

Teachers will be available to answer questions about the work during virtual classroom meetings and daily during their office hours.


Everything you will need to get started this week is included in this update, including your teacher’s contact information and office hours.


Finally, thanks for all the emails and communications and reaching out to all of us over the past few weeks. We truly appreciate it. We are blessed to be working in a community that cares for one another and works with each other to make things happen during these unprecedented times. Your teachers and staff are ready to teach and I know in working with teachers all week they are excited to connect with students and provide them with some familiarity and instruction. I am proud of our teachers and the work they put into last week preparing for this new virtual world in which we are about to conduct school. I never thought we’d have a school opening twice in one year. We all know the learning curve will be huge and at first somewhat overwhelming. We promise to be patient, helpful and mindful that this is new to all students and parents and we will take it slow. But know, “we got this.”


Take care and be safe.

The BCPS Continuity of Learning Plan

Baltimore County Public Schools surveyed all elementary families regarding their need for access to a device. Given the Governor’s order on March 30, 2020, Baltimore County Public Schools is working on a revised plan for student device distribution in accordance with that order. As result, we will follow the Continuity of Learning plan outlined below.

PreK – Grade 2 - Starting April 6, 2020


  • Print materials will be available in three-week learning cycles. All materials will be printed and mailed to students’ homes. Additionally, the print materials will be available on the website in printed form. https://www.bcps.org/system/studentlearningresources/
  • Students will have an opportunity to participate in weekly online class meetings.
  • Students will have opportunities to demonstrate their learning based on curriculum goals.


Grades 3-5 - Starting April 6, 2020


  • Each week, students will be exposed to new curriculum goals.
  • Students will have an opportunity to participate in weekly online class meetings.
  • Students will have opportunities to demonstrate their learning based on curriculum goals.
  • Due to the Governor’s most recent order on March 30, 2020, Baltimore County Public Schools is working through a plan to provide students with devices, as requested through the survey, in compliance with that order. Consequently, the first three weeks of learning for students will use printed materials. Those materials will be mailed to students’ home.
  • Additionally, the print materials will be available on the website in printed form:. https://www.bcps.org/system/studentlearningresources/


Grades 3 – 5 – Starting April 27, 2020 (in the event of an extended closure)


  • Each week, students will be exposed to new curriculum goals.
  • Students will have an opportunity to participate in weekly online class meetings.
  • Students will have opportunities to demonstrate their learning based on curriculum goals.
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What do I do if we don’t have internet at home?

Below are some recommendations for staff and students unable to access the internet at home:

  • BCPS buildings have limited WiFi access available from the building perimeter. If you exercise this option, continue to practice social distancing with any others present and follow state and local stay at home restrictions.
  • Many cellular network providers are now offering discounts to customers on smartphone hotspots or additional data. Check with your provider for availability and remind them that you are an employee of BCPS.
  • Many internet service providers are offering discounted internet service for the next several months.
  • Xfinity's temporary offer for those eligible. https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

My child did not receive their packet of work, yet. What should we do?

Due to the extended closure of schools, updated Student Learning Resource packets will be mailed out for students to access new learning for Continuity of Learning from April 6-24. If you have not received your packet , you can access all of the materials on the BCPS website: https://www.bcps.org/system/studentlearningresources/

Students should maintain all their work as a portfolio and work with their teacher to submit their work for feedback.

What is the difference between a teachers "Office Hours" and their "Hangout Meet" times?

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When are the teachers "Office Hours" and how do I contact my child's teacher?

When are the on-line "Hangout Meet/Classroom Meeting" times?

Students should be attending at least 5 classroom meetings per week:

Grades K-3 - Homeroom (ELA/Math), Art, Music, PE, and Library

Grades 4 - All of the above plus Instrumental Music

Grade 5 - ELA, Math, Sci./SS/Health, Art, Music, PE, and Library and for some Instrumental Music


Other student specific sessions are also provided for ESOL, Special Education, and Counseling services.

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Directions for joining the on-line classroom meetings (Below)

Directions for Joining the Virtual Classroom Meetings

There have been some updates to the Google Meet platform. Instead of a link, students will login to their class using a nickname. To properly access a class please take the following actions:

  • Open Google Meet on a computer or through the Google Hangout Meet app on a phone or tablet.
  • Ensure your child is logged in using their BCPS username and password
  • Click the "Use a meeting code" button
  • Enter the nickname for the class you are trying to attend
  • Avoid trying to login more than 10 minutes before a class begins
  • The teacher will grant you access into the meet. If you are not being granted access you may want to exit out and try again.
  • If you do not have access to a computer or the app, your child can call in using the phone number and code posted in each Schoology course.
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Links to Important Websites

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Directions to Help Set Up a Parent Account in BCPS One (See Below)

Do you need help with your account? a Computer? or other Technology?

Grab and Go Meals for ALL BCPS Students

All BCPS students may pick up breakfast, lunch, and dinner (three meals in one bag) at 50 locations including but not limited to Pleasant Plains Elementary, Halstead Academy, and Parkville High School.

Students must be present to receive meals on weekdays, Monday through Friday. from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


For more information:

https://www.bcps.org/system/coronavirus/Meal_Sites_03_26_2020.pdf

Additional Questions and Answers

Additional Resources for Reading and Math

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