Over the past two weeks, the staff at GMSD has been working diligently to research, create and post educational resources to help support our community with the transition to at-home learning. At this time, teachers are taking neither attendance nor assigning grades.
The State Board of Education will convene a special called electronic meeting on April 9th at 2:00 PM CDT to enact emergency rules governing K-12 graduation requirements and the uniform grading policy for Tennessee schools in response to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis.
Decisions around online instruction Q4 grades, semester averages, G.P.A., and graduation will be dependent upon their policy changes. Germantown Municipal School District is required to follow its policies and will communicate the outcome of the meeting.
With so much uncertainty that we are hopeful will be resolved over the next few weeks, Germantown Municipal School District is interested in parent feedback on distant learning services rendered and communication. The district will be reaching out soon with a parent survey following the outcome of the TN State School Board meeting.
Next week, our intent is to continue providing access to materials and routines to aid students and their families. All teachers should be providing two activities each week for their students in Schoology. These activities will be posted by 9 am on Monday morning. Please also look for an email and/or Schoology notification early next week from your Principal and individual teachers for “live” opportunities in which students can interact with their teachers. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Principal.
Questions about ensuring equitable access and academic growth during school closures:
How are IEPs being handled?
Germantown Municipal School District is continuing IEP meetings through the use of Google Hangouts and Docusign. Parents of students with IEPs should have received a communication via Skylert from our Exceptional Student Education Department. If you did not receive this message, please reach out to [email protected].
My family is having trouble logging into Schoology, how can the district help?
To log in to Schoology, go to http://app.schoology.com and enter the email address you have associated with Skyward Family Access. The first time you log in, you will need to reset your password by clicking the “forgot your password” link.
Parents can also view the Virtual Academy for Parents & Caregivers on Schoology basics here: https://sites.google.com/gmsdk12.org/distance-learning/parent-academy
How will my family know when Schoology is experiencing an outage?
During these unprecedented times with students around the world learning from home, the demands on education technology have shifted significantly — almost overnight. As a leader in distance learning with over 20 million users, Schoology has opened its service to all students. The increased volume has caused some outages. For paying customers, such as GMSD, Schoology has created new protocols to lessen outages.
Parents and students can also utilize the Schoology Status Monitor. As a paying customer, GMSD is considered an ‘Enterprise User’. This tool is useful for parents who are checking if the connectivity problem is related to Schoology or household service interruption.
Schoology Status Monitor
Here are some other things that families can expect next week:
Virtual Academy for Parents & Caregivers Updates
Last Wednesday, the district released “Balancing ScreenTime” with Counselor Intervention Specialist, Denise Fisher. Watch that video by clicking the link below for helpful tips on setting up a workspace, establishing a student agreement on expectations and much more.
Next week our Wednesday installment of the Virtual Academy for Parents & Caregivers will feature Dogwood teacher Alexa Guynes, who will show parents how to utilize Newsela.
Germantown Municipal Television will begin airing GMSD teacher content
Next week, tune into Comcast Channel 17, U-Verse Channel 99, or Germantown Municipal Television on Youtube to watch GMSD teachers delivering content and resources. Content will be grouped by the grade bands PreK-2, 3rd-5th grade, and 7th-12th grade, but will air 24 hours a day. Stay tuned for a schedule of “GMSD shows” and opportunities to submit home videos to participate along with our teachers.
Student Meals During GMSD Closure
While GMSD schools are closed, all students may obtain meals from local YMCA’s. A listing of meal distribution sites can be found at the following link:
Student MEAL DISTRIBUTION SITES
These meal distribution sites will be open between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day. Information about local food pantries is also provided on this website. Children no longer need to be present for family members to pick up their meals.
Please continue to send your questions to [email protected].