Temporary Virtual Learning Information
Dear BCS families,
This is an incredibly difficult time for our community, and we are so proud of all the ways we have come together already. This is new territory for all of us, we are expecting there will be glitches along the way. We ask that you are patient as we work and learn together as we figure this out along the way. Please know and understand that we will be working hard behind the scenes to make this time as beneficial and smooth as possible. We look forward to working with you as we deliver the continuity of your child’s education with integrity.
Frequently asked questions and tips to successfully transition students from in-person instruction to a temporary virtual learning environment are available below.
How long will the virtual period last?
- BCS will be virtual beginning on Thursday, December 10, through Friday, December 18. Friday, December 18, is an abbreviated two-hour day. Winter break begins on Monday, December 21. BCS intends for students to return to in-person learning when we return from winter break on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.
What should I expect to come home with my student?
- Students will be bringing home computers if a need was indicated on the survey provided by each school. Work packets and jump drives will be sent home to students who do not have access to the internet.
- Please note if you have a smartphone or iPad device, you may download the Teams app to be able to view and hear instruction from your student’s teacher. This is also a good backup plan in the event you experience a wireless issue preventing you to get access to the internet.
What will a virtual school day look like? Are students expected to sit in front of a computer for 6.5 hours each day during the virtual learning period?
- Students will be provided access to content through their normal class schedule in the virtual learning program. It is not expected or advised that a student spend 6.5 hours interacting solely on a computer. Daily activities can include: live class with teacher, viewing recorded activities, participating in online modules/activities, completing activities in consumable materials, chats with teacher and peers, etc.
Will attendance be taken?
- Yes, BCS Attendance Policy and Tennessee requirements are still in effect. Students will be marked in Skyward by the teacher. Students will be marked as “D” for distance learning in the Skyward parent portal. This will count them as present. Students are required to engage in the learning each day, and this will be monitored by their teacher(s) by the end of each day. In order for distance learning students to be considered present for the day, they must be interacting and responding to instruction. The teachers will take attendance for each class based on the following:
- Connecting in the virtual format (Teams)
- Participation in an online discussion for the class; video should be on
- Participation in synchronous learning in an online classroom
- Completion of an assessment for the class
- Discussions with the teacher/class via phone call, email, or online meeting in a virtual format
Will students receive grades while attending through virtual learning?
- Yes, grades will be taken just as if the students were attending in-person learning. Information regarding midterm exams will be communicated from each school.
How will students with disabilities receive instructional services in a virtual environment?
- Students with IEPs and 504 will continue to receive services in connection with their current plan. Any questions or concerns will need to be directed to your student’s school.
How can I get technical assistance?
- For technical assistance, please email – firstname.lastname@example.org – In order to expedite help to you, please provide the following in your email. Once you have submitted your inquiry, please continue to check your email for a prompt reply.
- Student’s name
- Student’s school
- Barcode on the device provided by the school if applicable
- Questions or issue in detail
How can I get assistance with Microsoft Teams?
- Assistance with Microsoft Teams is available here.
How do I find my student's email in Skyward?
- Instructions to find your students email in Skyward are available here.
I do not have the login information for my student’s Skyward account. How can I get this information?
- The parent or guardian must contact their student's school and request login information to the Skyward portal.
I do not have wireless access at home or my wireless is not working. Where can I access internet for a laptop?
- Click here to access a list of Wi-Fi hotspots in Shelbyville.
How can I help my student be successful during this virtual learning period? Be sure your student:
- Knows their schedule and is prepared to meet with their teacher as guided
- Attends class on time each day
- Make sure their technology is ready
- Check for instruction, assignments, and resources throughout the day
- Identifying a comfortable and quiet place to learn and study
- Engaging in online learning activities
- Submitting assignments by due dates
- Seeking additional help from teacher and counselor when needed
Will my student still be able to receive meals from school?
- Students will be bringing home lunch sacks today, Wednesday, December 9. Information regarding meal pick up for the week of December 14 will be communicated later this week.
Will SACP be open during this period?
- SACP will be not be open during the temporary virtual learning period. SACP will also be closed during the winter break.
I do not speak English very well. Is someone available to help me?
- You may reach out to BCS translators via emails provided below. Please label the subject of your email Tech Help.
If you have other questions about student services, you can visit our website or reach out to any of our administrative team by clicking here.
Click here to access a list of the Virtual Learning Coordinators at each school.