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CCS Announces Remote Learning Changes, Additional Support for Students

During the Cumberland County Board of Education’s Curriculum Committee meeting on Thursday, members of the Academic Services team shared an update on remote learning. As Cumberland County Schools (CCS) closes out the second week of school, district officials have listened to feedback from families regarding their remote learning experiences and have worked to make adjustments that provide greater flexibility.

Recorded Classroom Instructional Videos (Grades K-12) 

Students who are unable to attend daily remote learning experiences can access the daily instruction for ELA, Math, and Science by viewing the videos and completing assignments in Canvas. Recordings will be available through Canvas beginning August 31, 2020, and will be fully functional by September 8, 2020.

Updated Remote Learning Schedule (Grades K-5) 

In response to feedback from families, the district has changed the structure of the remote learning day for students in grades K-5. While each elementary school will continue to provide a daily remote learning schedule, which includes 1-1.5 hours of synchronous (live) learning and 2.5-3 hours of asynchronous (independent) learning daily, beginning September 1, 2020, K-5 students will attend live learning sessions during the morning and complete independent assignments through their Canvas course assignments any time during the day. This change will be fully implemented by September 8, 2020. Grades K-5 remote learning includes instruction and activities for: ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, Media, and Physical Education.

“We remain committed to providing students with robust learning experiences,” said Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman, the district’s chief academic officer. “After hearing from families, we have updated the schedule for elementary grades to provide greater flexibility for families and individual schools.” 

Students are considered present for daily attendance through the Traditional Remote Learning Schedule if they complete their daily assignments, either online or offline, and/or have a daily check-in or a two-way communication with the appropriate teacher(s).

To access sample schedules, visit http://bit.ly/CCSSampleSchedule. Schedules may differ for each student based on the school design.

Twilight Remote Learning Schedule (Grades K-5)

 Beginning September 8, 2020, each attendance area will provide an alternative time for remote learning for K-5 students who are unable to participate in the live daily remote learning schedule at their school. This option is intended for families who need more support and flexibility beyond the recorded lessons that are available at each school.

 K-5 students will attend a grade-specific classroom during the late afternoon in their home school district, Monday through Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Students will receive live grade-level direct instruction from a CCS instructor in the following content areas:

  •         Grades K-2: ELA and Math
  •         Grades 3-5: ELA, Math, and Science

 Students are considered present for daily attendance through the Twilight Remote Learning Schedule if they complete their daily assignments, either online or offline through Canvas with their assigned homeroom teacher. 

Parents should sign up on this secure link by September 4 to be assigned a seat in the Twilight Academy. If a student needs support with an assignment during the day when the Twilight teacher is not available, they can access their teacher during scheduled office hours.

Live Online Tutoring (Grades K-5)

Students in grades K-5 will have 24-7 access to live tutoring services to provide support with daily classroom instruction. The all-in-one suite of tutoring services is designed for a wide range of academic needs, whether it is tackling a tough homework problem, mastering a particular topic, or writing a paper. Students can access live, on-demand academic help and skills-building lessons from expert tutors. Tutors and students communicate in real time through a chat feature in an online classroom by typing, drawing and marking-up lessons and web content.

For more information, visit www.cumberlandathome.ccs.k12.nc.us. 

Published by Angel Hoggard on August 27, 2020

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