News Release, Charles County Public Schools

Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is launching Microsoft Teamsthis week to aid students and parents with distance learning.This is the second part of a distance-learning plan implemented by CCPS to ensure students are learning during the school closure.Starting Wednesday, April 15 teachers will begin to use Teams, a collaborative learningtoolthat features a classroom set upin Microsoft Office 365.

About Teams

Teachers can use Microsoft Teams to talkwith students, share assignments andfeedback, provide help and respond to questions.Starting next week,teachers will providetwo30-minute lessonsin Teamsfor studentstwice a week. Lessons will provide direct instruction oncontent inthe elementary packetsand Apex Learning courses.Teachers will be available on the Teams platform during theirdesignated office hours. Lessons provided, including video content,presentations,question andanswer sessions,and assignment updates are posted in Teams. Students and parents can access Teams at any time and are not required tologinor be onlinein the Teams platformduring teacher office hours.

Teams lessons also will include content for special area and elective courses, such as fine and performing arts classes, Advanced Placement (AP), physical education,elementary art, music and science, and career and technical (CTE) courses.Lessons in these areas will focus on fourth-quarter curriculum. AP lessons will include exam preparation for students.

Elementary school students will be assigned to a Teams classroom with their grade-level teacher. Special area teachers will also have Teams classrooms, but the schedule may rotate by grade-level or class. Principals will provide parents with more information about special area Teams schedules through weekly email newsletters.Middle and high school students will be assigned to a Teams classroom according to their school schedule.

Students with IEPs will continue to receive updates from case managers about usingGoalbookto provide additional instruction.Students in the three-year-old program will continue with packet work; Three’s program teachers will not use the Teams platform.Students who receive English as a Second Language (ESOL) services can continue to use provided packets.

Office hours forteachersare:elementary school teachers, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; middle school teachers, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and high school teachers, Monday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Parents and students received user guides throughStudentVueandParentVueaccounts. The guide is also posted on the CCPS website atccboe.com.Teachers will create introductory Teams lessons and share with parents and students sometime this week.Teams lesson content are complementary to the elementary learning packets and Apex online content (and secondary paper packets).

AccessingTeams

To access Teams, studentsmust firstlog into theirCCPSOffice365 account athttps://login.microsoftonline.com/. Office 365 also is linked to the main CCPS website, under the photo slideshow. A student’suser nameis their student identification number followed by @ccboe.com. For example,123456@ccboe.com. A student’s password is the same forStudentVueor what they use to access computers at their home schools. Office 365 is accessible from a laptop, mobile device or tablet.

Students without technology or internet

Families who do not have technology at home can request to borrow a laptop from CCPS for their child. Requests should be submitted through Ask CCPS on the CCPS website through the Request a Laptop section. Staff are compiling requests and answering as received. Families who do not have internet access can visit one of the four CCPS provided hotspots to access free internet. Information about the hotspots is posted athttps://www.ccboe.com/pr/ccpsatt-providing-temporary-cellular-hotspots/.

The launch of Teams is to provide students and parents with guidance on distance learning instructional materials. Students without access to technology or a device can continue to work with the paper packets. Copies of all paper materials should be saved.  


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