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Tech (Virtual) Day for K-12 Friday, Sept 18, 2020 and Friday, October 2, 2020

Good Morning Hurricane Nation,
I have recently meet with all of our PLC, RTI, Instructional Technology, Special Education folks, and Principals. We are continuously working to develop a new five year Strategic Plan that will center around [VIRTUAL LIVE] instruction for PK-12 students. This plan is ESSENTIAL to the infrastructure of moving forward with online instruction both now and in the future. We currently offer two PLANS. PLAN A that is in place now is two options: 1. face-to-face or 2. online.  PLAN B is to be [Virtual Live} for all students if the State shut us back down. PLAN A is going very, very well for our schools and students. However, the online instruction is very time consuming and needs some tweeking for our teachers and staff. Therefore, our leadership teams from all schools have voted to implement 2 days of Virtual Fridays on September 18, 2020 and October 2, 2020. This will allow all schools to work as a TEAM and contact all students and parents that are online and help them with any issues failing or acceleration that is needed. It will also allow our teachers K-5 and 6-12 to have full collaboration days to work on [Virtual Live lesson plans and instruction]. 
 
Our goal as a school system is to be able to have [Virtual Live] ready and implemented for all students by January 2021! This will help us specifically solve some of the online issues we are addressing with specifically 6-12 students that need a live teacher to help them learn. It will also bring much more accountability and rigor for all students!!! Ben Hill School System will be the only school system in South Georgia to offer LIVE learning via online. You all have done an EXCELLENT JOB getting face-to-face and online learning up and running for the past 8 weeks now!! I AM TRULY BLESSED AND HUMBLED TO BE A PART OF THE HURRICANE TEAM!! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO EACH AND EVERY DAY!!!
 
VIRTUAL FRIDAYS:
1. September 18, 2020 
ALL 6-12 STUDENTS WILL HAVE ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS TO COMPLETE AT HOME           (NO SCHOOL)
 
ALL K-5 STUDENTS WILL HAVE HARD COPY ASSIGNMENTS TO COMPLETE AT HOME      (NO SCHOOL)
 
Pre-K WILL COME TO SCHOOL
 
**MEALS WILL BE SENT HOME ON THURSDAY WITH STUDENTS FOR FRIDAY
 
     1. October 2, 2020           
ALL 6-12 STUDENTS WILL HAVE ONLINE ASSIGNMENTS TO COMPLETE AT HOME (NO SCHOOL)
 
ALL K-5 STUDENTS WILL HAVE HARD COPY ASSIGNMENTS TO COMPLETE AT HOME      (NO SCHOOL)
 
Pre-K WILL COME TO SCHOOL
 
**MEALS WILL BE SENT HOME ON THURSDAY WITH STUDENTS FOR FRIDAY
 
We will be sending an ALL CALL out this morning and it will be advertised on our social media pages! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO AND HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!
 

J. Shawn Haralson, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Ben Hill County Schools

509 West Palm Street

Fitzgerald, GA 31750

229-409-5500 

shawn.haralson@benhillschools.org