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2020-21 Kingsport City Schools Remote Choice Learning Orientation

Kingsport City Schools first day of school is Monday, August 10, 2020. 
 
For the 2020-21 school year, Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is offering students the option to attend their zoned school for Face-to-Face (F2F) in-person learning or participate in Remote Choice Learning 2020 (RCL2020), where students will access their curriculum at home via the internet.  With either option, all students are expected to progress academically.
Enrollment Information
 
Students in grades K-8 who select Remote Choice Learning will be required to continue in the remote setting for the entirety of a nine-weeks period before having the option to switch to in-person learning. The deadline to notify KCS in writing if you wish to switch to in-person learning after the first nine weeks is Friday, October 2, 2020. Please send an email to your child's principal prior to the October 2nd deadline. 
 
Students in grades 9-12 who select Remote Choice Learning will be required to continue in the virtual setting for the entirety of the fall 2020 semester before having the option to switch to in-person learning. The deadline to notify KCS in writing if you wish to switch to in-person learning after the fall semester is Monday, November 30, 2020. Please send an email to your child's principal prior to the November 30th deadline. 
 
Family and Student Orientation Resources (required)
 
Orientation for families will be available in-person or virtually.
 
Virtual Orientation Information:
Orientation for families is available virtually via this KCS RCL2020 webpage. There are two videos (found below) to view and can be completed in less than 30 minutes. Please complete the KCS Remote Choice Learning Orientation Exit Ticket via the link below to let us know you have participated in orientation.
 
In-person Orientation Information:
An in-person orientation option is available on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Ross N Robinson Auditorium. Families can attend either the first session at 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. or the second session at 6- 7 p.m. If you complete the virtual session online, you do not need to attend an in-person session. Masks are required for the in-person sessions and temperatures will be checked. If you are not feeling well, please view the virtual orientation. If you cannot make one of the two sessions, please email us at info@k12k.com and we can arrange another in-person orientation for you.
 
Student Login Information
Detailed instructions and login information for your child to access the Odysseyware curriculum will be provided in the Day 1 Paperwork Packets you will receive when you pick up your child’s device. If your child is using their own device, you will pick up the Day 1 Paperwork Packets in your child's school main office. Day 1 Paperwork Packets must be returned to the school before Friday of the first week.
 
Google Chrome Browser Instruction

If your student is using their own device, we recommend accessing Odysseyware and other learning resources through Google Chrome.

If your student is using their own device, we recommend accessing Odysseyware and other learning resources through Google Chrome.

Step 1: Download and Install Chrome

  • Go to https://www.google.com/chrome/
  • Click Download Chrome
  • If prompted, click Run or Save.
  • If you chose Save, double-click the download to start installing.
  • Start Chrome:
    • Windows 7: A Chrome window opens once everything is done.
    • Windows 8 & 8.1: A welcome dialog appears. Click Next to select your default browser.
    • Windows 10: A Chrome window opens after everything is done. You can make Chrome your default browser.
 
Step 2: How to Sign In to Google Chrome to Access Students Files Video
  • View the video by clicking here.
For Students
Digital learning classes offered online provide an alternative to F2F classes and can be beneficial for students for various reasons.  However, not all students find online classes to be the best fit for them.  Please note that the younger the student, the more support is needed from families at home.  Students who are the most successful in online classes have independent time management skills, self-discipline, adult support from home, and are willing to seek additional help for themselves as age appropriate.
 
Students
  • Actively engage in the learning platform daily.
  • Stay on track with the assignment schedule.
  • Meet assignment deadlines.
  • Seek help immediately if they are experiencing technical difficulties.
  • Attend required in-person testing sessions at their base school.
  • Adhere to all requirements in the KCS Responsible Use Policy (RUP).
 
For Families
Families play a significant role in the successful online learning of the student.  Depending on the age of the child, some students will be able to work independently through online coursework and assignments, while others will need more support. Below is some information to help your student be successful in this new learning environment .
 
  • Grades - Check grades and progress regularly through the online platform.
  • Communication - Communicate with your student’s teacher(s) via email. Teachers facilitating RCL2020 will also have office hours online for additional help.
  • Support– Even though the delivery method is different in an online environment, the intended outcome of student learning is the same.  Please ensure academic integrity by appropriately assisting your student with their assignments and activities.
  • Progress - We encourage families to become familiar with the online platform and learning management system within your child’s account.  This is the best way to stay updated on classroom work, progress, and achievement.
Students will be most successful if they complete online coursework daily and students must make weekly progress toward passing their courses. Attendance will be tracked weekly for each course and students will be expected to submit assignments and work on regularly scheduled KCS school days. Courses contain recorded videos and are self-paced, so students may work on them at times in addition to the regular school day. KCS teacher support will be live during regular school hours and students are welcome to message them through Odysseyware on weekends or at night with the understanding that they may not receive a reply until the morning of the next school day.

Students participating in the RCL2020 are considered KCS students and will remain enrolled in their base school.

All families will need to pick up first day paperwork when they pick up their devices. First day paperwork will need to be completed and returned within one week.

Students must make progress in the assignments and stay on track to complete the courses on time. Due to the flexible nature of online learning, students may work ahead for the week in a subject if they choose. The goal is for the student to complete approximately 20% of the weekly assignments per day reaching 100% of the assignments before the deadline at 11:59 pm on Friday night. For example, if a student completes 60% of the work, then the student would be counted present for three (3) days that week. A parent/guardian must provide excuses for the two absences just as if the student were a face-to-face student.

Excessive absences, whether in the online platform or in scheduled virtual meetings with the teacher(s) can result in the student and parent having to appear before the Sullivan County Juvenile Court. Student attendance in online learning is required by the State of Tennessee in all grades, classes, and courses. Kingsport City Schools Attendance Policy including the Progressive Truancy Intervention Plan can be found HERE. As of June 22, 2020, the expectation for remote learning from the State of Tennessee is that kindergarten students spend about 4 hours per day engaged in their courses and that students in grades 1 - 12 spend about 6.5 hours per day engaged in their courses. Note that level of engagement does not equate to equivalent hours of screen time as some activities can be completed offline.
 
As of June 22, 2020, the expectation for remote learning from the State of Tennessee is that kindergarten students spend about 4 hours per day engaged in their courses and that students in grades 1 - 12 spend about 6.5 hours per day engaged in their courses.

While assignments and quizzes are for the most part online activities, not all activities must be completed online. Activities and assignments for elementary students that do not have to be completed on the computer include independent reading and guided reading by a family member, physical activity outdoors, writing assignments, math problem practice, and science exploration and play. For middle and high school students, activities that do not have to involve screen time include independent reading, writing, working math problems, science labs and experiments, and physical exercise.
Additional Information can be found on the 2020-21 Kingsport City Schools Remote Choice Learning Information webpage by clicking here