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IWCS Technology Help Desk:  757-542-3222 
Live Support Monday through Friday from 8:00 am--4:30 pm
 
 
IWCS Uses Buses with Free WiFi to Increase Internet Access for Families
 
Isle of Wight County Schools has stationed four school buses at areas throughout the county to provide an additional resource for families who may not have internet access at home.  The buses are located at the Otelia Rainey Center in Camptown, Bethany Presbyterian Church in Zuni, First Gravel Hill Baptist Church in Smithfield, and the Carrollton Cove Shoppes in Carrollton.  The buses will be parked in these locations through the end of the current academic year.  The hope is that families can use these hot spots to download assignments for their children that can be worked on at home. 
In addition to the buses, all nine schools in the division have a wireless signal accessible from their parking lots.  IWCS created a flyer that identifies the location of the buses and schools, as well as other options for free WiFi throughout the county.
 
 
 
 
UPDATE:  The Isle of Wight County School Board will hold their May 14 meeting in the cafeteria at Westside Elementary School. The meeting will be streamed live through the division's Facebook and YouTube page to allow for an audience while adhering to social distancing guidelines. The meeting will not have an opportunity for in-person public comment. However, anyone wishing to have remarks heard during the citizens comments section of the meeting can email their written comments to Tracey Reutt, Board Clerk, at treutt@iwcs.k12.va.us or mail their comments to Isle of Wight County School Board, 820 W. Main St., Smithfield, VA 23430 ATTN: Tracey Reutt. Mailed remarks must be received by Tuesday, the week of the board meeting. Emailed remarks must be received by noon the day of the meeting. Remarks are limited to five minutes per person.
 
 
 

Connect 5 Message March 30, 2020;  UPDATED MAY 4, 2020

 

Message from the Superintendent

As we transition to what will become our new normal during the closure of schools, Isle of Wight County Schools will continue to partner with our families to provide at-home learning materials, meal distribution for students and other helpful resources for our families. We understand how difficult the coming weeks will be for families as you focus on the health and well-being of your family. It is our hope that we can continue to provide you with the support and resources necessary in order to meet the academic needs of your children.

The Governor's statewide closure of schools has generated many questions. We are committed to keeping you informed and ensuring that our students continue to experience learning for the remainder of the academic school year. Additionally, we will continue to set high expectations for content mastery and student engagement moving forward as we transition to alternative forms of instructional delivery.

Our instructional goals are clear: we want our students to continue to learn, explore and grow during this period of home instruction. We need the support of parents and guardians to ensure that our students remain engaged in learning until the end of the academic school year. It is our expectation that students will be prepared for their next grade, courses and opportunities. To accomplish this, we must all work together and focus on the mastery of information that will be provided over the coming weeks.

This communication is intended to address some of the questions and concerns we have received from parents, students and the community. I encourage you to visit our website for additional information. 

 

Academic Plan for Grades PreK-5

Parents of Students in Pre-K:

Students will receive instructional packets, aimed at engaging students in learning through the rest of the academic year.  Teachers will be contacting parents on the plan for their children.  

 

Parents of Students in Grades K-5:

Beginning the week of May 4th, or as quickly thereafter as possible, all core content teachers will offer a minimum of 2 video conferencing sessions per week for core classes with an emphasis on Reading and Math.
 

Teachers will be utilizing a variety of online tools as part of a blended learning platform.  We are currently working with online learning providers to develop a list of technology resources that students and parents can access from home.  We will provide families with a comprehensive list of those resources prior to April 20. 

 

Learning packets will be provided for families who do not have reliable access to the internet on April 20 when new learning begins.  Each school will communicate when learning packets will be available in bins in the front of the school. After spring break, families without internet access will be able to utilize the newly set-up hotspots at each IWCS school, which can easily be accessed from a vehicle in any school parking lot.

 

Teachers and Interventionists will communicate with families to schedule reading conferences with all students, at least every two weeks.  These could be held via conference call, Google Hangouts, or Zoom. Teachers will work with students and parents who have limited internet access to ensure reading conferences are being held every two weeks, to the best of our ability. 

 

New learning will be provided every two weeks, with teachers focusing their instruction and assignments on mastery and feedback, not grades.  No student will be penalized for work assigned during the closure. 

 

For students in grades 3-5, the year end grade will be the highest of their average for either the 1st-3rd 9-weeks (up to March 13th) OR 1st and 2nd 9-weeks, whichever is higher. 

 

Teachers who provide special services, such as special education, gifted, or ELL, will collaborate with the general education teachers to create and/or make modifications, provide accommodations, etc. to packets and virtual learning for students on their caseload. Encore/Resource (music, art, PE, etc.) teachers will provide 5C choice boards for students at each grade level every two weeks.

 

Special Education Teachers will provide Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) beginning on April 20, 2020, through the provision of an Amended Distance Learning Plan. Examples of SDI include, but are not limited to, learning packets, Zoom small group, Zoom 1:1 conferences, ARC Conferences, iReady, phone conferences, and/or video of circle time or instruction.
 
Additionally, Special Education Teachers will collaborate with General Education Teachers to create and/or make modifications, provide accommodations, etc. to packets and virtual learning for students with inclusive services per the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) for students on their caseload. Special education instruction will focus on accessibility through accommodations, provision of SDI, and monitoring data toward progress.

 

Students who were on track in mastering grade level standards prior to March 13th will be promoted to the next level. We recognize there may be skill deficiencies at the start of the next school year.  The division will have a plan in place to work with students in the fall to address those skills they have not mastered from the previous grade.



Academic Plan for Grades 6-8

Beginning the week of May 4th, or as quickly thereafter as possible, all core content teachers will offer a minimum of 2 video conferencing sessions per week for core classes with an emphasis on Reading and Math.

 

Teachers will be utilizing a variety of online tools as part of a blended learning platform.  We are currently working with online learning providers to develop a list of technology resources that students and parents can access from home.  We will provide families with a comprehensive list of those resources prior to April 20. 

 

Students who are currently without a device will have an opportunity to receive a school-issued iPad to access instructional materials from either home or the school parking lot hotspots. We are working on a plan for providing devices and will communicate that plan once finalized.  Following spring break, families without internet access will be able to utilize the newly set-up hotspots at each IWCS school, which can easily be accessed from a vehicle in any school parking lot.

 

Learning packets will be provided for families who do not have reliable access to the internet on April 20 when new learning begins.  Each school will communicate when learning packets will be available in bins in the front of the school. 

 

New learning will be provided at least every two weeks, with teachers focusing their instruction and assignments on mastery and feedback, not grades.  No student will be penalized for work assigned during the closure. 

 

Teachers and Interventionists will communicate with families to schedule reading conferences with all students, at least every two weeks.  These could be held via conference call, Google Hangouts, or Zoom. Teachers will work with students and parents who have limited internet access to ensure reading conferences are being held weekly, to the best of our ability. 

 

Special Education Teachers will provide Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) beginning on April 20, 2020, through the provision of an Amended Distance Learning Plan. Examples of SDI include, but are not limited to, learning packets, Zoom small group, Zoom 1:1 conferences, ARC Conferences, iReady, phone conferences, and/or video of circle time or instruction.
 
Additionally, Special Education Teachers will collaborate with General Education Teachers to create and/or make modifications, provide accommodations, etc. to packets and virtual learning for students with inclusive services per the Distance Learning Plan (DLP) for students on their caseload. Special education instruction will focus on accessibility through accommodations, provision of SDI, and monitoring data toward progress.

 

Teachers who provide special services, such as special education, gifted, or ELL, will collaborate with the general education teachers to create and/or make modifications, provide accommodations, etc. to packets and virtual learning for students on their caseload. Encore/Resource (music, art, PE, etc.) teachers will provide 5C choice boards for students at each grade level every two weeks.

 

For students in grades 6-8 (non-high school courses), the year end grade will be the highest of their average for either the 1st-3rd 9-weeks (up to March 13th) OR 1st and 2nd 9-weeks, whichever is higher. Middle school students taking high school credit courses should refer to the high school academic plan.

 

Students who began social studies and/or science courses during the 3rd nine weeks will receive the grade that they had as of March 13th.  If students wish to improve their current grade in a course, teachers will provide them with an opportunity for additional grades through ongoing assignments. However, no student will be penalized by work assigned after March 13th.

 

Students who were on track in mastering grade level standards prior to March 13th will be promoted to the next level. We recognize there may be skill deficiencies at the start of the next school year.  The division will have a plan in place to work with students in the fall to address those skills they have not mastered from the previous grade.



Academic Plan for Grades 9-12

 

Based on federal and state guidance, instruction at the high school level will be continued virtually. Clear guidance from VDOE dictates that students must show mastery of learning standards for the full year in each content area. Therefore, IWCS is working on a plan for continuous instruction to ensure that our students are engaged in essential course curriculum for the remainder of the school year. 

 

Between now and April 10th: Teachers will be available by email to answer any questions about graded work assigned prior to March 13 and review work assigned during the school closure. Students should spend this time submitting any make-up work from before March 13th to ensure they finish out Quarter 3 with the best grade as possible.

 

April 1: Quarter 3 Grades will be posted in PowerSchool to include only those assignments assigned prior to March 13th, unless your student is enrolled in a Dual Enrollment course (see below).

 

April 13-April 17: Spring Break

 

April 20:  High school teachers will continue to provide online learning through Google Classroom and other media tools. Students should continue to communicate directly with their teachers via email. Teachers are planning lessons and using various instructional tools, videos and resources to provide engaging lessons for students. Additionally, teachers are communicating with students and families to provide support and feedback on their learning. Expected Learning Outcomes and Virtual Office hours will be established for each teacher and communicated to families. Families without internet access can utilize the newly set-up hotspots at each IWCS school, which can easily be accessed from a vehicle in any school parking lot. 



For students enrolled in AP courses: 

Third quarter grades will conclude on April 1, 2020. For the third quarter, grades will be calculated based on a student's grade as of March 13, 2020. Please know, students can improve their third quarter grade by completing missing assignments and assessments that would have normally been allowed had the quarter continued with schools open. Students can communicate directly with their teacher(s) now to determine what missing work they had prior to school’s closure on March 13th. 

AP students (Underclassmen and Seniors) will continue with instruction through Quarter 4. Students will take AP tests at home. Information from the College Board on testing dates will be available and communicated after April 3rd.  AP students must still take the corresponding AP test in order to receive the GPA point increase on their grade.

 

For students enrolled in Dual Enrollment courses: 

Third quarter grades will include the work assigned prior to March 13th and during the school closure, up to work collected on March 31st. Students are required to continue working through the 4th quarter.

 

How will grades be calculated for Quarter 3 for all students other than AP and DE students?

Third quarter grades will conclude on April 1, 2020. For the third quarter, grades will be calculated based on a student's grade as of March 13, 2020. Please know, students can improve their third quarter grade by completing missing assignments and assessments that would have normally been allowed had the quarter continued with schools open. Students can communicate directly with their teacher(s) now to determine what missing work they had prior to school’s closure on March 13th. 

4th Quarter For Underclassmen:

Fourth quarter grading period will begin on April 20th. A Continuity of Learning Plan is currently in development which will provide further information on how student work during the fourth quarter will be reviewed and assessed. At the conclusion of the school year, students will be given the option of taking the higher final grade based on their cumulative March 13th grade or a final grade which includes the calculation of work which was collected and reviewed over the fourth quarter. Students must show understanding of the standards for the course during the fourth quarter, to include new curriculum content. If they do not complete the work or show understanding through a passing grade, they will receive a grade of incomplete. Should a student receive a final grade of (I) incomplete, they will be provided the opportunity to complete the requirements of the course during the summer or retake the course during the 2020-2021 school year.

 

For Seniors:

Third quarter grades will conclude on April 1, 2020. For the third quarter, grades will be calculated based on a student's grade as of March 13, 2020. Seniors who have completed the necessary work to achieve a passing grade in each class as of March 13 and who were on track to meet all other requirements for graduation will be considered complete with all graduation requirements. Any seniors who were not on track for graduation on March 13 due to grades will have the opportunity to improve their grades during the fourth quarter. Seniors at risk of not graduating as of March 13 will be contacted by their school counselors and teachers to develop a specific plan towards graduation.

For determination of the final grade for the course, all seniors will have the option of accepting their final average on March 13, 2020 or the inclusion of their fourth quarter assignments. This will allow all seniors the opportunity of improving their final grade. 

All seniors with a failing grade are expected to complete work being assigned by their teachers through the remainder of the school year in order to earn a credit towards their graduation requirement.

All seniors with passing grades will be given the option to continue with work to improve their grade or opt to accept the March 13 grade. 

 

Graduation:

Some graduation requirements have been waived by the Virginia Department of Education, including the criteria to pass various SOL tests, and completion of certain course requirements based on the student’s current course schedule. Counselors will be contacting students to make them aware of their individual graduation status based on information shared by the Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction. 



General Information

 

Picking up Student Personal Items including Medications:

Schools are scheduling times for parents to pick up student items that may have been left at school.  Your principal will be reaching out to you with specific information on how that process will be handled.

 

Meal Distribution:

Meals will be available from 11:30am to 1:00 pm Monday through Friday at Smithfield High School, Georgie Tyler Middle School, and Carrsville Elementary School.  Students and parents are reminded to practice social distancing while visiting meal distribution sites.

 

Stops in the northern areas of the county:

 

Blairs Creek Mobile Home Community 11:30--12:30

Bradford Mews Apartments 11:30—12:30

Carrollton Villa Apartments 11:30--12:10

Carrollton Meadows 12:20--1:00

Cedar St. Apartments 12:20--1:00

Church Manor Apartments 11:30--12:10

Eagle Harbor Apartments 11:30--12:10

Jersey Park Apartments 11:30--12:10

Jersey Park Housing 11:30--12:10

Jones Creek Mobile Home Community 11:30--12:30

Lakeside Housing 12:20--1:00

Morris Creek Apartments/John Rolfe Area 11:30--12:30

Queen Anne's Court 11:30--12:10

Red Oaks Mobile Community 11:30--12:30

Riverview 12:20--1:00

Rushmere Fire Department 11:30—12:30

Sandy Mount 12:20--1:00

Smithfield Apartments 11:30--12:10

Smithfield Heights 11:30--12:10

The Nest 12:20--1:00

Thomas Park Community 12:20--1:00

Woodbridge Townhomes 12:20--1:00

Wrenn's Mill Estates 11:30--12:30



Stops in the southern areas of the county:

 

Beaver Brook Mobile Home Community 12:20--1:00

Bethany Presbyterian Church Zuni 11:30—12:30

Camptown Park 11:30--12:10

Clydesdale Mobile Community 11:30—12:30

Georgie Tyler Apartments 11:30--12:10

Pocahontas and Lincoln Ave pull off 12:20--1:00

Twin Ponds Mobile Community 11:30—12:30

Walters Ruritan Club 11:30--12:10

Windsor Manor Mobile Home Community 12:20--1:00



Once again, thank you for supporting your child and keeping them safe during this challenging time.  Please keep in touch with your child’s teachers if you have any questions about the continued learning activities.

 

Jim Thornton

Superintendent

 

 

 
 
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