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Weekly Announcements from Ms. Keels

Greetings GCMC Families,

 

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope everyone has had a restful holiday break. Tomorrow starts our new semester. Students will be learning remotely  starting tomorrow until January 20th. Starting January 21st students will return face to face two days a week. It is our goals to ensure students are healthy and safe when returning to school. We have worked with the district on safety protocols and procedures based on recommendation from the CDC and Department of Public Health.  Below are answers to some general questions you may have about returning to school for high school and college classes. Keep in mind the are the answers I have as of today. As I receive updates I will communicate them to you. Thank you for your patience. We look forward to a strong semester and a safe return to school.

 

  • When will I receive my college and high school schedules?
    • We are currently in the process of finalizing all schedules.  Students can log into canvas after 4pm today to see their high school classes.  We anticipate college schedules to be ready this week and they will go out via mail.  **Special Note: It can take canvas 24 hours to process schedule changes.  If you do not see your classes appearing immediately, that is okay.  Feel free to check with your advisor if you need to see your schedule that way.
  • When do classes start?
    • High school classes begin remotely tomorrow, January 5th.  Log into canvas tomorrow morning to see when your classes meet.  We are currently scheduled to begin our return to face to face classes on January 21st
    • The school day is 7:50am to 2:50pm. 
    • College classes begin Wednesday, January 20th
  • How do I know if my college class is face to face or online?
    • When you receive your college schedule in the mail, it will tell you if your class is online.  If it is, it will say “ONLINE” instead of a class location.  If it says your class meets “MTWRF,” that means it is asynchronous.  If you need additional help understanding this when you receive your schedule, please reach out to your advisor. 
  • Do I need a COVID test for a face to face college class?
    • We are awaiting a response from Greensboro College to see if their new testing policy applies to middle college students.  We will share that information as we get it. 
  • What is my hybrid schedule cohort and how will this work?
    • Students will be in either group A or B.  A group students will attend class face to face on Monday and Tuesday, remotely on Thursday and Friday.  B group students will attend remotely Monday and Tuesday, face to face Thursday and Friday.  All students will be remote, but asynchronous (no live class) on Wednesdays. 
    • THIS IS ONLY FOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES and does not begin until January 21st
    • The cohort assignment list will be emailed to you and also labeled on your printed schedule when it is mailed.             
  • Can I change my cohort or attend a different day temporarily to suit my personal schedule?
    • No.  These changes can only be made by administration.
  • What if I chose to stay virtual?
    • Students who chose to remain only virtual will be considered Group C, and will attend their high school classes remotely Monday-Friday.            
    • You must log on daily to be counted present.
  • When/where do I return my books or get new ones?
    • Book Return: bring your books to Cowan Building any time during the week.  Just come up to the 3rd floor. 
    • Book Pick Up: You cannot pick up books until all of your old books have been returned.  You may pick up your new books starting January 20th.  Come to the third floor of Cowan, and bring your course syllabus.
  • How do I access my Moodle?
    • If you have already had a college class, you still have access to your Moodle. 
    • If this semester starts your first college class, read the directions attached to this email. 
  • I need transportation.  When will I get this information?
    • As soon as the assignments are released from the transportation dept., we will communicate this information with students and families.
  • What COVID protocols must we follow for face to face college and high school classes?
    • All students must be wearing a mask at all times (in class, while transitioning to another class, etc.) unless eating or drinking.
    • When arriving for face to face high school classes, all students will have their temperature taken.
    • Students will sit and transition 6ft apart in all of their high school classes. 
    • Students will be required to answer the GCS Health Screening Questions upon arrival for high school classes daily.
  • When will we get our report cards from 1st semester?
    • Report cards will be mailed out Monday, so they should reach you sometime next week.
  • What are my lunch options when I am on campus?
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  We have microwaves in Cowan if students need to use them. 
    • Due to COVID, students are not encouraged to go off campus for lunch if they have a third block class.
    • If you would like, you can order GCS student lunches by clicking on this link: www.lunchapplication.com
  • Where can I park and how do I get a parking pass?
    • The GCMC student parking lot is located at the corner of Cedar St. and Market St. behind Weaver.
    • As of right now, students do NOT need a parking pass to park in the student lot.  This may change.