Parent Question and Answers about Distance Learning

Parent Question and Answers about Distance Learning

What is Bonus Learning?

Bonus learning activities are a series of activities that students can complete in order to keep their minds learning. Click here for ideas.

What is distance learning?

Distance Learning is how students will attend Brevard Academy virtually.  Distance learning will be accessible through Seesaw (K-2) and Google Classroom.  Teachers will be in contact through email and send links out to their virtual classrooms.  They will also have links posted on their websites.  Students will watch videos and complete assignments.  We hope to roll out live classes sometime in the near future.

When will students return to Brevard Academy?

Schools are currently closed until May 15  under an executive order by Governor Cooper.  When Governor Cooper allows us to return to in-person learning, we will return to school.

What will the schedule look like?

Teachers will post the schedules they followed in their classrooms as a guide.  This is just a suggestion as families will have to create schedules that work for them.

When will teachers be available for support?

Teachers will be monitoring email for immediate response during the following hours.

Monday-Thursday

Morning–2 hours (9:00-11:00)
Lunch/Recess/Screen Break–11:00-1:00–No immediate response.
Afternoon–2 hours (1:00-3:00)
Evening–1 hour/week–each teacher will post a time on their website.

Fridays–9:00-3:00
Parent Zoom Phone Calls

Each week, we will host 30-minute parent Zoom calls.  These are question and answer sessions.

Mondays, 10:00 am

Meeting ID: 705 838 285
Password: 011292
Tuesdays, 6:00 pm

Meeting ID: 997 133 499
Password: 018424
Wednesdays, 11:00 am

Meeting ID: 905 057 295
Password: 021561
Thursdays, 5:00 pm

Meeting ID: 675 794 630
Password: 004472
Log in information will be posted in the Sunday Message and on teacher websites.

How will technology use be monitored?

Parents, we will really be depending on you to help our students to use technology in a responsible manner throughout this process.  As a school, we have implemented the highest level of supervision through Gaggle, our online monitoring service. However, parent supervision will be the first and best method of keeping all of our students safe as we transition to distance learning.

What if I need technical support?

If you are experiencing technical problems, please reach out to our technical support.

9:00 AM  – 1:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday – On Campus

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Tuesday, Thursday (email techsupport@brevardacademy.school)

If you have questions about an assignment, please contact your child’s teacher.

What if my child gets EC Services?

Services will continue.  Your child’s EC case manager will be in touch to ensure that your child is getting appropriate services. Please email EC Director Lori Luhrs or your child’s case manager with any questions.
How long should my child work each day?
We anticipate that your child will spend 2-4 hours on core classes and 45-60 minutes on specialist classes each day.  If your child is struggling on an assignment, please email the grade-level support team.
We have multiple ages in our house. Will we have the flexibility to do assignments on our terms/schedule or do the kids have to report to check in on the computer at certain times?

There will be flexibility in terms of when your child completes assignments and when they are turned in.  If teachers offer live lessons, these will be recorded and posted later.

When will assignments be posted?

K-6 teachers by 8:30 am daily.

7-8 teachers by 8:30 Mondays and Wednesdays.

Specialist teachers will post weekly assignments by 8:30 am.
Fridays will be Catch Up Days

New assignments will not be loaded.
Students will work on Compass/MobyMax for 30 mins in ELA and Math.
Students will use the day to catch up on assignments.
Teachers will monitor email from 9:00-3:00 to answer questions.

If they have assigned times for online classes, what will the expectations be?

If there are live classes offered, these will be recorded and posted in Seesaw or Google Classroom in case a student misses the class.

Types of Distance Learning:

Synchronous Learning:
Synchronous learning refers to a learning event in which a group of students are engaging in learning at the same time. Synchronous learning happens through live video platforms and instant messaging to provide immediate feedback support for learners. Teachers will be using Zoom as the platform to provide synchronous learning opportunities for students while schools are closed. Links to synchronous learning opportunities will be provided in the coming weeks.
To Join a Zoom Call:

Teachers will provide an access code and phone number to access the call.
At the scheduled time, log into the Zoom call.
Asynchronous Learning:
Asynchronous Learning involves coursework delivered by web, email, and message boards that are posted in online forums. A-synchronous learning is self-paced (with deadlines) and includes assignments that will be posted in Seesaw or Google Classroom.
Is tutoring available?

Yes, we will post regular tutoring opportunities for families in links through your teacher’s Seesaw or Seesaw or Google Classroom.

Can we pick up personal items?

Following guidance from the Transylvania County Health Department guidelines, only essential items for learning will be available for pick up.  Essential items are Chromebooks and Food. When distributing these items, we will use the following guidelines:

Maintaining 6 feet of space between all individuals
Cleaning of surfaces that have interaction/use
Wear gloves for handling and exchange of materials
If anyone has any of the symptoms (low fever, cough, body aches) they should not participate/stop by.
What if my child needs counseling?

Ms. Monk is available for counseling services.  Please send her an email at mmonk@brevardacademy.school.

What if we need food resources?

Please use the following document to help you find food resources.  Click here.  Please reach out to us by emailing us at baclosed@brevardacademy.school.

Do you have any resources I could use to talk to my child about the coronavirus?
As adults, it’s important we remain calm with our actions and words, and share factual information. Sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is critical. One of the ways we can protect our community from illness is to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.

Here are some resources you may use to talk about the coronavirus with students:

Video: Coronavirus Explained for Kids
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Talking to Teens and Tweens About Coronavirus
What if I need counseling services during the closure?

The student services team at BA is committed to continuing to support the social-emotional health of our students during this time. Our plan is as follows:

Students will receive social-emotional resources, videos, and lessons once every other week via Google Classroom (3rd-8th) or Seesaw (K-2nd)
Parents can email Mrs. Monk to set up an individual check-in with their child via zoom video conferencing.
Group counseling is paused until we return to school
Parents can reach out for support, resources, and/or consultation via email during our office hours (9-10 am) for an immediate response or at any time for a response within a day
Families can reach out for any food or resource needs via email by emailing baclosed@brevardacademy.school.  A full list of area feeding sites is available here.

Student Services Office Hours:

Parent Office Hours: M-F  9-10 am via email

Student Office Hours: By appointment only (via Zoom)