Talbot County Public Schools
Update from Dr. Griffith
Dear TCPS Families,
As we head towards week three of the COVID-19 school closure, we know that the pandemic has disrupted lives and learning across our country. TCPS recognizes how stressful this can be for our students and their families. With this in mind, I wanted to share a brief summary of our plan for the coming weeks.
Beginning Monday, April 6, TCPS will move to a distance learning model in which teachers will be engaging with their students virtually. In order to facilitate this, we are designating the week of March 30-April 3 as a transition week to prepare our teachers for this new model. We will be providing our teachers with professional development for using technology for virtual learning, providing them with time to develop learning activities that can be supported through our technology, and providing the time to allow us to distribute IPads to our elementary students. TCPS recognizes that not all of our families have access to reliable internet connectivity, so we are also planning for how we can best meet the needs of all students. During the week of March 30-April 3, we are asking teachers to reconnect with students and families. If you have not heard from your school by Thursday, April 2, please contact the school principal.
In order to transition to distance learning, we will need to make adjustments to some of our current practices. This includes our previous restriction on access to YouTube. For the safety of students, and in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), TCPS restricts adult content and other content that may not be appropriate for students from all student and staff devices. Currently, there are many additional learning resources available through YouTube.com, such as modules for Advanced Placement classes. Therefore, please be advised that we are removing YouTube.com from our blocked list. Youtube does meet CIPA compliance, however, we recommend that parents and guardians be vigilant about monitoring children’s online activity.
As a reminder, the third quarter will end on April 3, 2020. Please review your child’s grades and status of work previously assigned. We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher about any outstanding work or any concern about their status in any particular class or subject.
We appreciate your support and patience during this unprecedented situation. We will be providing additional information next week about our continuity of learning plan. Attached is a video update that highlights some of what our TCPS Team has been doing these past two weeks. Enjoy the weekend and Stay Tuned! Stay Hopeful and Stay Healthy!
Kelly L. Griffith, Ed.D.