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Technology and Software During Distance Learning

All teachers throughout PGCPS will continue to have a device assigned to them. During the 2020-2021 school year, the Office of Technology will assign a laptop or device to staff members who previously were not included in technology distribution to include paraeducators who are assigned to support teachers and students during remote learning. Devices for staff will be distributed through the Technology Distribution Center (TDC) located at DuVal and Gwynn Park high schools. Schools will continue to serve as the distribution site for all devices and instructional materials for students. The TDC will distribute additional devices to schools, as needed, to ensure personnel are equipped with enough devices to support their student enrollment with an assigned Chromebook to students Grades 1 through 12 or an iPad for infant and toddler students, 3-year olds, prekindergarten and kindergarten and students in regional/CRI programs.

Recommendations specific to the distribution and use of computers and software are outlined below:
  • Computers:  Students are expected to use or bring their computer, fully charged, to and from school each day. Computer lab usage should be minimized. If labs are used by students, assigned times should be spaced to ensure time for cleaning between usage.
  • Digital Organization:  In order to assist students and teachers with digital organization in both fully virtual and hybrid learning, PGCPS has adopted Hapara, a Classroom Management System that provides teachers with a space to monitor assignments and projects that can easily be differentiated for groups or individuals. The Hapara student dashboard gives learners access to all of their assignments in Google Classroom, Google Drive and Hapara Workspace in one convenient location. Student Dashboard helps learners build the organization and management skills that they need to be successful in a connected world.

Distance Learning Instructional Materials and Resources

All students will have access to instructional materials for use at home during distance learning. Each student will receive instructional materials based on his or her grade level and/or course of study.

Materials may include, but not limited to:

  • hard copy of textbook (if textbook is not digital)
  • musical instrument
  • art supplies
  • assistive technology devices and adaptive equipment (students with accommodations)
  • consumable books
  • digital device (for students who never received a device)
  • headphones for text-to-speech (students with accommodations/interventions)
  • literature specific to content
  • manipulatives
  • non consumable textbooks
  • novels

Dates and Times to Retrieve Materials

Specific information on the distribution of instructional materials will be shared in August from your child’s school