Connect 5 Call August 20, 2020

Good evening Eagles,

This is Principal Quigg reaching out with some important information. Last week, we provided the overall bell schedule for students returning virtually in the fall. We are proud that we are able to offer all courses for students this fall and we are hopeful that we will be able to return to full in-person learning second semester with a seamless transition. Our schedule is considered 80% synchronous (live instruction with a teacher) on Mondays through Thursdays and 20% asynchronous (tasks that students complete on their own without live instruction) on Fridays. Attached to this email you will find a document that explains in detail what Fridays will look like for your student and what to expect from the teachers. Also, attached to this email is a document explaining what the asynchronous model will look like for middle and high schools. While the asynchronous model at Alternative Education has less live instruction with a teacher, it is important to note that there are live components to this model. If you completed the survey and indicated that you would be interested in the asynchronous model, you would need to complete a voluntary application through Alternative Education. If you didn’t complete the survey, but are interested in the asynchronous model at Alternative Education, you can also still apply. Please contact Mr. Robert DeLeva ([email protected]) or Mr. Zachary Lovelace ([email protected]) at the Alternative Education Building (410-273-5594) with questions.

-While we will be teaching virtually in the fall, it is very important that students attend school and all classes each day. Students will be responsible for checking in for attendance each day on our attendance app. Please see the following steps that will begin on September 8th, the first day of school for students:
1. Students in grades K-12 will log onto his/her HCPS computer and go into the default browser home page (start.HCPS.org) and click on the Attendance application tile. No login is required if using an HCPS computer.

2. If students are not using an HCPS computer, the student may access the Attendance application via the link posted on hcps.org or by entering the URL into the browser attendance.hcps.org. The student will be prompted for the student account login.

3. The student will report his/her attendance at any time between the hours of 7:00-10:00 a.m by clicking “I’m Here”.
a. If the student does not report his/her attendance, then he/she will be marked with an unexcused absence.
b. The parent may choose to mark the attendance status for their child(ren) on a daily basis. This will require the student’s login.
c. Students who are absent must provide appropriate documentation to the school regarding the reason for the absence. This may be in the form of an emailed absence note or a phone call. Parents/guardians will receive specific instructions from their child’s school as to who should be contacted.

4. Connect 5 attendance calls will be sent to parents/guardians at 12:15 p.m. daily, beginning September 21, 2020.

-Please see the attached calendar that should provide clarity on which days are A day classes and B day classes. As mentioned above, Fridays will be more flexible without live instruction from teachers. Teachers will have office hours on Fridays to provide individual help for students and small group remediation and assistance to students in need. Each teacher is permitted to assign work each Friday that would take approximately 30 minutes for students to complete.

A few last reminders:
• Please remember that students are encouraged to bring their own bag for laptop and curricular material distribution next week.
• Students will be receiving many forms that require completion and parent/guardian signature. We will have tables available if you choose to complete them at the time of pick up or they can be returned to the AHS main office. The required forms will also be accessible for electronic completion on the HCPS website in the upcoming weeks.

Students and parents are encouraged to visit our AHS webpage, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages for updates and additional information pertaining to back to school supplies, clubs, activities, important reminders, and upcoming events.

Thank you and have a wonderful evening.


Michael J.Quigg
Principal
Aberdeen High School