Educational Plan of Choice

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Parents and students will have a choice of traditional, hybrid, or online setting.

By July 14, 2020, parents MUST complete the “Educational Plan of Choice” form for each child.

The Educational Plan of Choice will be a commitment for a semester. Parents can complete the “Educational Plan of Choice” form either online(from the above link) or in person.

To complete the form in person: “Educational Plan of Choice” forms will be available in bins located outside the main entrance of the following schools: Grenada Elementary School (Pre-K-3), Grenada Elementary School (4-5), Grenada Middle School, and Grenada High School. The forms and bins will be available July 7 (Tuesday) - July 9(Thursday) from 8:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M and July 10 (Friday) from 8:00 A. M. until 4:00 P.M.

To complete online: A digital form will be available on the GSD website to complete.

Please complete a form for each child. Parents of children in the same household may choose different educational plans to meet the needs of each child.
The three options are described below:


Traditional Classroom Setting


A traditional classroom setting describes normal classroom learning. The differences are students will wear facial coverings according to applicable safety guidelines and social distancing when possible. Health and Safety:
● Students will wear facial coverings according to applicable safety guidelines.
● Classroom arrangement will be desks or tables.
● Students will practice social distancing when possible.
● Breakfast and lunch will be served either in the cafeteria or classrooms. Facial coverings will be removed when eating.
● Temperature checks will take place each morning at school.
● School buildings will be cleaned and sanitized daily. Instruction:
● Face-to-face learning with the teachers.
● Students will come to class every day during the week.
● Students will take all tests in the classroom.
● Students in all grades (K-12) will be provided a computer from GSD.
● Students will be allowed to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities (athletics, band, visions, ROTC, etc.).
Buses:
● Students and drivers MUST wear a facial covering.
● Students will sit one person per seat if possible unless students are from the same household.


Virtual Setting


With a virtual setting, students will not be in a classroom, but will use Google Meet and Canvas. It is highly recommended students have Internet access. If a student does not have Internet access at home, GSD will provide a zip drive and/or internet access points within Grenada County. Students will not receive equitable services when choosing virtual or hybrid as compared to face-to-face (traditional) learning.
Instruction:
● All instructions will be online.
● Students will need Internet access to view live instruction from the teacher through the Google Meet video platform.
● If a student cannot attend the lesson, it may be recorded for later viewing.
● Zip Drives, which contain video lessons and student activities, will be available.
● If a student does not have Internet access, Video Classroom Lessons will be provided through a zip drive or may be uploaded to a computer.
● Online testing will be done on Canvas platform.
● Tests will have an opening and closing time for completion.
● Students in all grades (K-12) will be provided a computer from GSD.
● Students will be allowed to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities (athletics, band, visions, ROTC, etc.). Students will be required to physically attend the activity/sports class period, practices, rehearsals, and competitions.


Hybrid Setting


A hybrid setting will be a mixture of two days face-to-face and three days in an online setting. Students will be split into groups (A or B). Group assignment will determine which days they will attend face-to-face classes and which days they will attend online. Fridays are set aside for online instruction as well as for students to receive extra help or ask questions through Google Meet. It is highly recommended students have Internet access. If a student does not have Internet access at home, GSD will provide a zip drive and/or Internet access points within Grenada County. Students will not receive equitable services when choosing virtual or hybrid as compared to face-to-face (traditional) learning. Health and Safety:
● Students will wear facial coverings according to applicable safety guidelines.
● Classroom arrangement will be desks or tables.
● Temperature checks will take place each morning when at school.
● Social distancing will be maintained when possible at school.
● School buildings will be cleaned and sanitized daily.
Instruction:
● A combination of face-to-face learning and distance/online learning.
● Students will be assigned to be in either Group A or Group B.
o Group A: Students will physically attend school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students will be provided online instruction and materials on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and get help through Google Meet on Fridays.
o Group B: Students will physically attend school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students will be provided online instruction and materials on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and get help through Google Meet on Fridays.
● When not physically at school, instructional lessons will be provided in Canvas. Lessons will consist of instructional classroom videos, assignments, quizzes, and extra activities.
● Tests will be taken either online or face-to-face.
● If a hybrid setting is chosen, siblings will attend on the same day, either Group A or Group B.
● Students in all grades (K-12) will be provided a computer from GSD.
● Students will be allowed to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities (athletics, band, visions, ROTC, etc.). Students will be required to physically attend the activity/sports class period, practices, rehearsals, and competitions.
Buses:
● Students and drivers MUST wear a facial covering.
● Students will sit one person per seat if possible unless students are from the same household.

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GRENADA SCHOOL DISTRICT REGISTRATION AND SCHEDULING

Our principals are in the process of creating the master schedule and class assignments for each student. As always, our mission is to provide the necessary professional development for our staff to meet the educational programs offered by Grenada School District. Principals will match the strengths of our teachers to the educational setting chosen by students and parents. Whether traditional, hybrid, or online, Grenada School District teachers and staff will be prepared to provide an outstanding education for our students.

Please register your child for school. If you need additional assistance in registration, our staff is available at the Grenada High School 9th Grade Building during the dates and times listed below:
• Week of July 6th from 8am to 4pm, Monday - Friday
• Week of July 13 from 7am to 5pm, Monday - Thursday
• Week of July 20 from 7am to 5pm, Monday - Thursday
• Week of July 27th from 8am to 4pm, Monday - Friday
• August 3rd, 4th, and 5th 8am to 4pm.

Educational Plan of Choice forms are due by Friday, July 10, 2020.



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Parents Urged to Make Appointments Now for Back-to-School Immunizations


The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is urging parents to act now and schedule their child’s age-appropriate immunizations before summer is over. Mississippi state law requires children to be immunized against childhood diseases to enter public or private school, Head Start or daycare.

Make an appointment at your county health department clinic to bring your child in for their immunizations. A list of county health department locations along with times and days the clinics are open can be found at www.HealthyMS.com/locations.

Parents should bring the child’s social security card and insurance card if available. Parents and children over 2 must wear a mask when entering the county health department clinic.

For more information on immunizations, visit www.HealthyMS.com/immunizations. Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.


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available for grades 6-12- Tutoring and Skills classes include Podcasting/Music Production, Photoshop/Media Design, Pottery/Ceramics, Urban Agriculture/Archery, Weightlifting/Law Enforcement, Building Trades (9-12 only), Automotive/Welding (9-12 only), and Culinary Arts (9-12 only). (Principals will select ALL tutoring and Weightlifting/Law Enforcement students.) All classes will include free snacks and bus transportation home.For info, contact GMS or GHS principal or call the Parent Center at 227-3370. (If your class fills up, we will put you on a waiting list.) SIGN UP TODAY!!!!!




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*to use the Clever website, use the address clever.com/in/grenadak12
*the username should be the student’s email address
*the password should be the student ID
*after you have accessed the site, click on “Google Drive”
*then click on “shared with me”

Instructions for accessing clever.com may also be found in your ActiveParent account under “Demographics"


Grading Info

The District has realized fourth nine weeks was challenging due to Internet access and instructional support while attempting to complete the packets and work assigned to students for the 2019-2020 school year.

Therefore, all Grenada School District students will receive a grade of one hundred for the fourth nine weeks and a grade of one hundred for final exams for grades 6-12. One hundred points is the maximum amount of points that can be awarded during a grading period. By awarding each student one hundred points for the final grading period, the extended school closure will not have a negative impact on promotion/retention when averaged in with the previous grading periods. The fourth nine weeks grades will be averaged with the other three nine weeks to determine the student’s final grade in each course and will coincide with the promotion/retention policy of the district.

The district is taking steps to improve our distance learning process. The school is going 1 to 1 with computers for grades 1-12 beginning in the fall. Also, the school has purchased Canvas an online format to provide instruction in a very structured way. The teachers are working extremely hard on developing online materials such as instructional videos, assignments, assessments, etc. For students who do not have internet, the district is looking for ways to provide every student with solutions such as hot spots, zip drive instruction, and other means. In the event school must be closed for long term, the district will be prepared to continue to provide a quality education.

Thank you for your support and stay safe.

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