Welcome back and Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing winter break. We are very excited to begin the second half of the school year. I know that this year has been anything but typical, but I remain proud of the way that teachers, staff, students, and families have responded. Annistown teachers are second to none and are committed to growing each child no matter the plan we are in. We want to thank you for all that you have done to stay engaged with Annistown! Please continue to stay in frequent communication with us around any issues that arise so that we can problem-solve around them!
As always, it's a privilege to serve the students and families of Annistown. We wish you a healthy and safe 2021.
CEO/Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks announced that Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will temporarily transition all in-person learners to digital instruction beginning January 19 - January 25, 2021. Click the link above for more information.
Digital Learning Reminders
- A daily schedule for instruction will be provided by the teacher. The schedule will include times for lunch and specials/breaks.
- The instructional day is from 9:00 - 3:20.
- Live lessons will be provided daily and recorded for reviewing later.
- Digital learning packets will not be provided.
- Grading from all courses will include classwork and assessments
- Unless absent, students are expected to submit work to the appropriate teacher on the assigned due date.
- Teachers will respond to student questions during daily lessons.
- Teachers will also provide small group instruction to support students with mastering the content based upon their needs.
- Teachers are teaching throughout the school day. They may not be able to respond to questions until they have a break.
- Teachers will offer office hours during the week. These times can be located on the teacher’s landing page.
- Questions submitted after 3:00 may not be answered until the next school day.
- Please mute when logging into live lessons.
- Designate a quiet area for instruction.
- Make sure that the background is free from distractions behind the camera.
- Be sure that the student is appropriately dressed for learning.
- Students learn best when their video is “on” during live sessions.
- Teachers will provide procedures for muting and unmuting microphones.
- Students learn best when working from a table or desk as if they are learning at school. Limit distractions if possible.
Technology - Chromebook Distribution
Chromebooks will be distributed to in person students with little or no access to technology at home. To identify students who need technology, the school will refer to the district survey parents completed earlier in the year.
The school will use a 3 tiered process to assign computers:
- Families who do not have technology access at home identified through the parent survey.
- Families who have limited access (smartphone, tablet, etc) to technology at home identified through the parent survey.
- Families who called to request a device.
One computer per family will be assigned to the oldest student during the initial deployment
period. Additional computers can be requested and assigned after we have met the needs of the students identified in the 3 tier process.
Any family in need of technology assistance, please call the front office.