LATEST INFORMATION


This week 3/30 – 4/6
& Frequently Asked Questions

This week we will begin our full-time remote learning plan. Middle and high school students should log into Jupiter every day for at least 3 minutes to check for messages and updates from teachers.

Kindly,
Amy Hobgood


  • IMPORTANT – March 27, 2020 Updates

    Dear Parents,
    This is a lengthy message with a large amount of information, so please read carefully.

    The Governor has issued a “Stay at Home” order beginning Monday evening. Therefore we will be opening the school Saturday, March 28th from 10 am-2 pm and Sunday, March 29th from Noon-3pm for computer pick-up for elementary families (as well as any middle or high school student) in need of a device. You will also be able to access the building to pick up personal belongings if needed. During the “Stay at Home” order, the school will have a cabinet located outside the main entrance to the lower building for all families to access as needed. Inside the cabinet will be food, books for students, and a place to leave work packets, We encourage you to take advantage of these supplies. Our school building will not be open for families after this weekend until the “Stay at Home” order is lifted. However, our school will still be in operation. You may call or email us with any questions, concerns or needs, and we will quickly respond.

    Thank you to all of the parents that responded to our google survey. If you have not responded, please do it by Sunday night. Your feedback is very important to us as we attempt to meet your needs. The link to the survey is found below. We understand that many families are facing unique challenges and are here to support you in any way possible. I encourage you to talk to your PAA with specific needs you may have. Thank you again for your attention to the Remote Learning Survey.

    Attached to this email you will find a detailed copy of our remote learning plan as well as our proposed calendar for the remainder of the year. Some of the main points of the plan include details regarding classwork, grades, and attendance. Most of our work will be happening online. If you have specific needs, such as a need to have materials printed, please notify your PAA. The state has NOT provided guidance on the expectation of “year-end” grades (for promotion or retention) for students in grades K-11 at this time. Student health and wellbeing will continue to be our priority as we do our best to keep students engaged in learning. We have very specific information for our Seniors regarding graduation requirements that will be released on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The good news is our school year will finish on time, with our last day on May 29th, and graduation still planned for June 6, 2020. We will not be extending our school year into the summer. We are not able to provide guidance around summer camps at this time but will keep you posted as time grows closer. Our website will be updated by the end of the weekend with tutorials and other helpful links for at-home learning.

    Our counselors are available for families as needed. Please contact your counselor via email and she will be happy to reach out to you.
    hannahmcgarry@fallslakeacademy.com (elementary)
    amandamoore@fallslakeacademy.com (middle)
    chantajackson@fallslakeacademy.com (high)

    In an effort to mainstream communication, I will develop a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that will be housed on our webpage and will be sent out on Sundays as part of “This Week at Falls Lake Academy” information.

    If you have any suggestions or questions, please let us know. We are very thankful to all of our families for the work you are doing at home to keep our Firebirds learning.
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Hobgood
    Remote Learning Plan for Parents.pdf


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REMOTE LEARNING PLAN

Virtual Meeting Schedule – Middle School

To see event details, you must log in with your Falls Lake Academy Google account.

Big Things You Need to Know:

  • Remote learning days will occur on Monday through Friday with teacher office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 & 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  These days count as instructional days for our school calendar.
    • Students must log in to Jupiter daily for at least 3 minutes to be counted present for the day.
  • Chrome books: We have a limited number of chrome books available for check-out for grades 6-12.  Upperclassmen will have priority.
    • Please contact Mrs. Hobgood if you still need a computer for home use.
    • For login issues, fill out this form: tinyurl.com/hightechhelp
  • School Calendar: We will be updating our calendar as we receive information.  
    • We are going to work through Spring Break, but it will be ‘light.’
    • The last day of school will be May 29th.
  • Testing: There will be no EOGs, EOCs, or final exams this school year.
  • Promotions & Retentions for the Year: The state is working on a fair solution to this issue.
  • Volunteer Hours: Parent Volunteer hours will be waived this year.  Student volunteer hours are STILL REQUIRED.
  • Lunch orders have been canceled.  Parents will receive credit for those meals in orgs online.  If parents do not use the credit by the end of the year, a refund will be processed.
  • FAST payments will also be credited.  If parents do not use the FAST credit by the end of the year, refunds will be processed.  Please send questions regarding FAST to fast@fallslakeacademy.com.
  • Field Trips: We cannot answer questions regarding refunds for field trips YET.  We are working as quickly as possible to get answers from travel companies regarding refunds.  We will communicate this information as soon as possible.
  • All school activities are canceled at this time.
  • WiFi access is available at our school from the parking lot.  You and your family are welcome to sit on our picnic tables or in your cars in the parking lot to access free WiFi.  No passcode is needed.  
  • Communication: Teachers and staff will be communicating via Jupiter and Google Classroom.  Parent help for Google Classroom can be found here: https://townsquare.media/site/496/files/2020/03/2020-Parents-Guide-to-Google-Classroom.pdf
    • Teachers may also hold virtual meetings using Zoom.
  • Our food pantry will be open on Fridays from 9am-noon and from 1-3 for families that need meals for the weekends.  Please see the message below for daily lunch options through Granville County Public Schools. Also, please reach out to our counselors with any other wellness needs you may have. 


MEALS: All Granville County Public Schools (including FLA)

Starting Monday, March 16, we will open drive-thru lunch service sites at the following schools:

  • Butner Stem Middle School
  • Mt. Energy Elementary School
  • CG Credle Elementary School   

Families can visit any of these sites between the hours of 11:00 am and 12:30 pm and get a FREE bagged lunch and breakfast for the next day. 

These FREE meals are available for all children between the ages of 2-18. 

We will expand these sites in the coming days and make home delivery available to students with special circumstances.  We do not want a single child to go hungry during this period when school is closed. 

Please take advantage of this opportunity and help spread the word to your friends, family, and neighbors.  Thank you!

REMOTE LEARNING

Wireless Hotspot Rental Options/Internet Service for Families:

  • https://www.digital-one.com/wireless-broadband-rental
    • Verizon Jetpack Rental
      • $40/week or $60/month + $20 roundtrip shipping and a 1-5 day turnaround 
  • https://daypasswireless.com/#bkrent
    • Verizon and Sprint Jetpack Rental
      • Pricing varies on length of time – 2 weeks is $6.75/day + $9.90 roundtrip shipping
      • Delivered to mailbox, but no local storefront locations
  • https://www.skyroam.com/skyroam-hotspot-rental
    • Skyroam Hotspot
      • $9/day unlimited data use
  • Local Public Libraries sometimes have hotspots for checkout for up to 14 day periods in some cases
  • Many of the major internet service providers signed the FCC agreement Friday, March 13th to keep customers connected during the COVID-19 outbreak and will not cut off any service due to non-payments. They have also opened their hotspots for free access in cities that have coverage. 
    • Comcast Service is being offered free for two months with the option to continue service for $10/month for low-income families in their service area. They can apply online here https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 or contact via phone 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers
    • Spectrum/Charter is also offering 2 months service free with all installation fees waived for any household with a K-12 or college student who does not have service currently by calling 844-488-8395
    • AT&T and Sprint are lifting their data caps and overage charges during the outbreaks

Technology Information for School Closures

Details about getting free internet:
Charter Spectrum update – Starting next Monday (March 16), Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students that do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 megabits per second.

Website Details
How to contact them:
To enroll in Charter/Spectrum- free-broadband program, eligible consumers must call (844) 488-8395. The company said it will waive installation fees for new student households. Charter said it will partner with school districts “to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.” In addition, the operator will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across its footprint for public use, free of charge.

IMPORTANT LINKS

Questions and concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19)  Coronavirus Helpline (1-866-462-3821) for the public, which is answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week. You can also see the latest online about North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 here :