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Dear Students. Families, and Friends,
I hope this letter finds you well, even during this uncertain time. We certainly are experiencing some unprecedented events. I want to thank everyone in advance for your support, patience, flexibility, and understanding during this time, especially as we embark on a new journey--Virtual School (for an undefined amount of time). This letter is designed to provide our parents and students important information. At Phoenix, we are trying to be thorough, but as quickly as things are moving, we may have missed some key items. Do not hesitate to reach out to me with additional questions for clarity.
By now you know that our district offices and schools are closed effective Monday, March 16, 2020 (note: this is a Professional Learning Day, so students had off on Monday anyway). While our schoolhouse is closed for at least 2 weeks, school will continue from home. We are implementing distance learning across the district, where students will continue school virtually from home, as will our school staff.
What does virtual learning look like for my child?
The Edgenuity Platform and Google Classroom are the keys. Fortunately, all of our students are well-versed with Google Classroom and online learning with Edgenuity. Teachers will be posting the assignments to their Google Classroom on a regular basis. Also, Students can communicate with their teachers through this platform, as well as email via the Edgenuity Platform. Some will even post GOOGLE Talk phone numbers, which can be found on our website.
Should your student have any questions about the work, his/her first point of contact should be the teacher. For all Core Classes, much of the work (although not all) will be through the EDGENUITY program, which is a widely used platform for online instruction. This program includes lessons, activities, and assessments. The details of what is expected will be described in each Teacher’s Google Classroom. In addition, Edgenuity has always been our form of instructional delivery, therefore, our students and teachers are very familiar with this instructional support.
How will my child turn in his/her work?
Most assignments can be turned in through Google Classroom. Upon our return to “in-person” school, ALL students will be granted a one-week amnesty period to submit assignments to teachers without penalty. However, my advice is to not allow the work to pile up. Stay on top of it. We don’t know for sure how long we will be out of school.
What if my child is having technical difficulties or has trouble logging in to a particular program?
Our teachers will be the contact with such problems and will forward to our IT person, Mrs. Kali Parker.
The first point of contact is the teacher of record.
What if my child doesn’t have access to instructional technology or the internet?
Our teachers are meeting with each of their classes today. Instructional packets are being issued to those students who have limited or no access at home. Contact the appropriate teacher if you have questions about the work, or perhaps, need additional work. We will problem solve ways to provide any student with additional work who do not have internet/computer access.
How do I contact the school if I have questions or need to speak with a teacher/staff member?
Starting Monday, March 16, all APS employees are expected to work from home. All school staff are expected to and will check and respond to e-mail Monday through Friday during the work day. Please allow up to 24 business day hours for a response. Both our website and School App have all of our staff’s e-mail addresses, as well as phone extensions.
Remember, besides the teachers, ALL staff are on Telework status, including counselors, social worker, graduation coach, administrators, clerks, the registrar, and paraprofessionals. Reach out to them as needed.
Important: Should you have ANY DIFFICULTY contacting a teacher or staff member, or just have questions/concerns, contact me directly sooner rather than later at firstname.lastname@example.org I will ensure that your question or concern is addressed in a timely manner. Furthermore, because this is an unprecedented event, I want to ensure that every person in our school community has easy access to me during the closure. Please know that I am committed to doing whatever it takes for your child to be successful. I know that communication is crucial and I commit to being available throughout this closure.
Some Suggestions for Successful Virtual Learning
- Stay organized and manage your time carefully. You can easily become overwhelmed without effective organizational and time-management skills.
- Establish a regular, uninterrupted work time each day! Limit outside distractions, aka turn off Netflix and TikTok.
- Contact your teachers, counselor, and/or administrator sooner rather than later when you have a concern.
- Stay Sharp! In order to reduce the impact of the learning slide from a prolonged period away from face-to-face school, don’t forget the following beyond your class work:
During this closure, how will students who rely on school breakfast and lunch be supported?
- Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, all APS students can daily receive free bagged meals at 5 school sites that will be open for food distribution Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Douglass High School
- Cleveland Ave Elementary School
- Bunche Middle School
- Sylvan Middle School
- Phoenix Academy
- Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, APS partner, GOODR, will provide ready to eat meals at the following local community sites:
- Hosea Williams Feed The Hungry (4779 Mindy St. Atlanta, GA. 30366 * 404-755-3353)
- Food Pantry - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
- 10 a.m. - Noon
- Bring ID and Social Security Card
- Loaves and Fishes @ St.John the Wonderworker Parish (543 Cherokee Ave., SE Atlanta, GA. 30312 * 678-373-9433)
- Serves food Monday - Friday
- 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
- Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, all APS families can report to one of the 5 open APS school sites Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. to receive a bag of shelf stable grocery items from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
- Beyond these resources, if you have a need or know of someone with a need, PLEASE contact me so that I can share the information with our Social Worker. You can also reach out directly to our social worker, Ms. Brown at email@example.com. We will do everything possible to support our Phoenix Families!
Be THAT PHOENIX! RISE UP
Dr. Evelyn Mobley, Principal
A Note From Ms. Brown, School Social Worker
The Atlanta Public Schools is closed for the remainder of this school year due to COVID-19.
Phoenix Academy will be delivering academic instruction and course work via the online platform for the remainder of this semester. I will be responding to emails as they are received or feel free to leave me a detailed voicemail message at 404-802-5816.
Please note I am available to students is email and telephone.
If you or someone you know is experiencing an immediately emergency please call 911. Anyone experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact the Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) at
https://www.atlantapublicschools.us (Atlanta Public Schools)
https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/195 (APS Social Work)
https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/Page/62032 (APS Emergency Food)
Welcome to the first issue of Connect 3: Online Resources for Students, Teachers and Families.
This week’s focus for Connect 3 is Identity and Diversity. A key part of anti-bias education is reflecting on aspects of identity—both ours and others—and understanding the importance of diversity and representation.
Explore your understanding of emojis and representation, and create your own using our student-facing version of Emojis and Me on Sutori,
a collaborative online tool for students learning from home.
(Note to Educators: On April 20 at 5 PM ET, join us for a webinar with Sutori's CEO. We will share how to engage students by using this dynamic combination of ADL resources and Sutori technology for online classroom instruction.)
2: Families and Communities
Diversity in Media and Why Visibility Matters parent/family discussion guide provides the tools to engage in family conversations about the importance of diverse representations and visibility in the media.
3: Bonus Resource!
Please continue to share any feedback and ideas for resources that you would find helpful.
We send best wishes for safety and good health to all.
DEADLINE DATE EXTENSION:
In light of the current health situation, Atlanta Community Food Bank is extending the application deadline for all summer programs to SUNDAY, MAY 17TH at 11:59PM. We are ONLY ACCEPTING ONLINE, EMAIL OR FAX APPLICATIONS.
Download a printable flyer to distribute or learn more, and or apply online on ACFB Youth Programs
Students interested in the Youth Leadership Summit or the Youth Service Summit must apply and must be available for the entire time in order to be eligible. Students who are interested in the Youth Learn and Serve Day must sign up and attend the whole day. There are no fees or costs to participate in any of our programs.
Contact Atlanta Community Food Bank via email or 404-892-3333 ext. 2009 with any questions.