Based on the "Shelter in Place" Ordinance enacted by Athens-Clarke County on March 20, we will remain out of School through April 7. All practices, competitions, and other activities at School (both inside and outside) are cancelled through April 7.
Our online instructional program will be through Google Classroom. Students will access Google Classroom through their student email accounts. The pattern for each student email account is email@example.com. Students 5th through 12th grade already have these email accounts. We are currently preparing email accounts for K5 through 4th Grade, and those will be ready this week. For K3 and K4 parents, please refer to the last bullet point below. Google Classroom can be accessed through a laptop, a desktop, or a phone (by downloading the app).
Our research indicates that recorded videos and written instructions for student work are the preferred method of online instruction. "Live" internet teaching has caused a variety of issues for other school districts. We are attaching a list of student expectations for our online learning plan at the Lower, Middle, and High School levels, and we ask that you follow these expectations to insure the success of our plan.
Parents can familiarize themselves with Google Classroom by using this helpful link -
If you do not have access to a device and your child needs a School Chromebook to complete online assignments, we have a limited number that we can loan to 1st through 12th Grade students. You can make a request to reserve a School Chromebook by using this link - https://forms.gle/sAyWa79oxK3fzame8. Please make your reservation no later than 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25. As a side note, please do not bring personal devices to School to be serviced.
All Lower, Middle, and High School students will need to come to the School between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 26 to retrieve your books and school materials, as well as everything in your lockers. We will be cleaning the entire School before students return to campus, including lockers. We hope to return to School shortly after April 7, and we need all personal items removed so that we can thoroughly clean and sanitize all surfaces while students are at home.
We will follow a specific process for the Pick-Up on March 26, and we will email instructions to you concerning this process tomorrow (March 24). Only high school student drivers will be allowed to park during the Pick-Up, and only students will be allowed to enter the School. Any responsible adult can bring students to School on March 26, and a parent is not required to be here during Pick-Up. We will be following social distancing protocol during the Pick-Up, and we will have staff on site to assist with the Pick-Up.
If for some reason you cannot have a parent or other responsible adult bring your student to the School between the times of 7:00 am and 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 26, then please email Mrs. Hayes to schedule a time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Thursday for your Pick-Up. You can email Mrs. Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindergarten teachers will contact their students directly concerning delivery or pick-up of your students' learning materials. Kindergarten families should not come to the School on March 26. In addition, Kindergarten teachers will communicate with their students regarding Google Classroom and their at-home learning plan moving forward.
In closing, let me thank all of you who have assisted with our fund-raising efforts over the last couple of years, especially those efforts geared toward improving our technology. As a result of your generosity, we have the technology in place to implement successful online learning. In addition, let me also thank our wonderful faculty and staff, who eagerly look forward to providing an excellent education to your child during these challenging times. We very much want to be back together at ACS, but until then, we have much to do, and our students have much to learn.
As always, we are here to help! Please call or email with any questions. We will continue to communicate with you regularly as we work together as a team to accomplish our objectives for God's glory.
Grace and peace,
Steve Cummings, Head of School
"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad." Psalms 126:3
PS: Be sure you are signed up for our weekly newsletter, the Eagle Weekly, and each area of the School that communicates with you. Our Kindergarten and Lower School send out newsletters every Tuesday. Click here to sign up now (if you are not already signed up):
Also, be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages as we will begin to share pictures of online learning, allow students to submit images for posting, and provide fun challenges.