Gearing Up for Remote Learning

Parents/Guardians

Parents and guardians can prepare for remote learning by:

    •    Getting a plan for childcare in place.
    •    Participating in online training for all necessary remote learning resources or visit bpsma.org to watch our training videos. Further information about parent/guardian training sessions will be provided at a later date.
    •    Keeping their contact information up to date with Parent Information Center.
    •    Paying close attention to BPS communications for upcoming announcements about laptop distribution.  
    •    Writing down their child’s BPS login information so that they will be able to receive important messages from their teachers.
    •    Keeping their teachers’ email addresses on file.
    •    Communicating their additional technology needs to the BPS Helpdesk by calling 508- 468-0973 or emailing PARENTHD@BPSMA.ORG.

Please do not wait until the first day of school to tell the Helpdesk that your child does not have a device at home or that you do not have access to WIFI at home. These are obstacles we can do our best to help you navigate now.

Teachers and Staff

Teachers and staff can prepare for remote learning by participating in professional development and by familiarizing themselves with the platforms that will be used during the remote learning period. Please use your colleagues who are running the professional development sessions as a resource and ask as many questions as needed.

In your early communications with families, please remind them to keep their contact information up to date with the Parent Information Center and ensure that they have your email address written down. Ask anyone with technology limitations to contact the BPS Helpdesk.

If a teacher does not have WIFI access at home, they should contact the BPS Helpdesk as soon as possible.

LEARNING THE REMOTE LEARNING PLATFORMS

For Staff

In the beginning of the school year, the district will provide professional development on the technologies/software that will be used for remote learning. Priority focus will be given to Schoology, Office 365, Zoom and the Microsoft Teams video conferencing platform.

Additional professional development will be provided to staff who need support on Clever and Infinite Campus. Additionally, there may be subject-specific resources that are used by departments on which staff and students will need to be trained.

Trainings will be recorded and made available to staff for future reference.  

For Students

All students will be provided training on Schoology, the district’s new learning management system, upon their return to school. The trainings will take into careful consideration the diverse needs of our student population, including our English language learners and those in need of Special Education services. Building and departmental staff will be identified and highlighted as resources for teachers and students.

Training content will be dependent upon the age, language proficiency, and technological background of the students. While some may be able to follow training modules independently, others will need live step-by-step instructions, modeling and demonstrations.

For Parents/Guardians

It is critical that our parents/guardians can navigate and understand the district’s remote learning platforms so that they can support their children at home. To that end, the district will host a series of virtual trainings for parents/guardians so that they too can familiarize themselves with our technologies and learning platforms. These trainings will be held in multiple languages and the district will partner with community leaders who will provide additional support if needed.

These trainings will be recorded and posted on our website, bpsma.org.  

 

Reopening Plans - Updated August 14, 2020

 LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

FEASIBILITY STUDY

FEASIBILITY STUDY

LEARNING MODELS

EXPLANATION OF THE THREE LEARNING MODELS

 GEARING UP FOR REMOTE LEARNING

GEARING UP FOR REMOTE LEARNING

 HEALTH AND SAFETY

HEALTH AND SAFETY

DISTRICT ACADEMIC CALENDAR

DISTRICT ACADEMIC CALENDAR

IMPORTANT  CONTACTS

IMPORTANT CONTACTS

MONITORING AND MAKING CHANGES

MONITORING AND MAKING CHANGES

Plans in PDF Form

REOPENING PLANS IN PDF FORM