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Students Virtual Learning

Need help with the Virtual Learning Tools?  Call the Dekalb County School District Help Desk at 678-676-1188.  
 
Greetings Towers High School Parents and Students, 
 
Beginning Monday, March 30, in order to further support our students with their need to communicate with staff during our digital learning experience, you may visit our school's website to obtain teachers' office numbers and communication hours.  The list includes the names of all our staff and are sorted from A-G and H-Z so that you can find the teacher's email address, Google phone number, and office hours for phone calls about assignments.  We ask that you only call teachers during their specified individual office hours as they are working during the remainder of work hours to support students on their instructional platforms.  These numbers are for content-related questions only, and we are asking that you do not text or send pictures to their listed numbers.  The teachers created these accounts for the specific purpose of assisting students with this digital learning experience.  This information is our effort to address some of the concerns that the students raised in their surveys about their need for access to their teachers for help with their assignments.  Additionally, we also ask that you respect our staff's time and email them during work hours from 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.  Please allow our staff 24 hours to respond to your emails.  Thank you for all of your efforts and for working as an education partner for our students' success.  You are appreciated!  Have a great day. 
 
Towers High School Teacher Contact Information for Digital Learning
 
 

While the district is closed due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, teachers will place assignments into our virtual learning platform, Verge.  Students are expected to log into the Verge portal and complete their assignments.  Teachers will be logging into the system each day and responding to any student questions as well as grading their submissions and entering those grades into Infinite Campus.  Parents, please ensure that your child logs into Verge every day to ensure that he or she completes all provided distance learning assignments.

Attached are the directions for accessing Verge so that you can assist your children in monitoring and completing their assignments while we are out of school.

Access to Virtual Learning Lessons

Log into DeKalb County School District Website
Click on Digital Learning Days
Click on “blue link.” This will give you access to CLEVER.
Once in CLEVER, scroll down to “Assessment Tools and Resources”
Click on “Illuminate for students”
Click on the “blue link” under DeKalb County Schools
Username is “s” and student number (s12345)
Password is “dekalb” and the grade level (dekalb02) for high school students password is whatever the student set up to log onto the computers at school,
 

Verge Directions 2019-2020.docx 

For Virtual Learning Help and Support click on: 

 https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/virtual-learning-support/

 

 

Virtual Learning Survey

 https://forms.gle/ZH7s4vdQui2KUT556

We are soliciting your Towers High School student's feedback about their virtual learning experiences.  Please allow your children take this brief survey to help us better serve their virtual learning needs.  We want to hear from them so we can make adjustments during this period of time that we are learning remotely.  The survey will only take a few minutes and can be completed by phone, tablet, or computer.  Please forward this survey link to your child so that we can hear from them.

 

 

 Information for Parents With Multiple Students on the Same Device

You may find that when attempting to access Clever or Verge for your second child or more that the website will automatically log in for the first child and not allow you to log in for the second and so forth.  I have a solution for you...

 

  1.  Make sure you log into LaunchPad (Clever) through the DeKalb County Schools website. https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/  Scroll to the bottom of the website and click on the yellow "rocketship".
  2.  A new tab will open.  Click on "Log in with Active Directory".
  3.  You will be asked to enter a username and password.  The username is "s" and your child's student number (ex: s1234567), and the password. (Ex: dekalb05 for fifth grade, dekalb01 for first grade) grades 6-12 have unique passwords. 
  4.  Once you enter that information, you will be logged into LaunchPad (Clever).  Scroll down the Verge icon and click on it.
  5.  A new window will open.  You should now be logged into Verge and can access your student's classes by clicking "Courses" at the top.
  6.  When it is time to have another child use Verge, you need to first log out of both Verge and LaunchPad and completely close your browser.
  7.  Open your browser again and start with step #1.

Please email us if you have additional questions and/or concerns.

 

Greetings Towers High School Parents and Students,

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Need help with the Virtual Learning Tools? Call the Dekalb County School District Help Desk at 678-676-1188.

 
DCSD COVID Update on Meal Delivery, Spring Break, Teacher Work Day and More
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for DeKalb County School District

Students, Employees, and Families

 I am trusting that you and your families are safe and healthy.  As we continue to combat the COVID-19 health crisis, it is necessary to make tough decisions that are in the best interest of our students and staff.  One of those tough decisions was announced during Governor Kemp's April 1st, 4:00 pm news conference.  The Governor presented a new executive order that includes the closure of Georgia K-12 schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  

Thank you for your continued support of the DeKalb County School District!    As a district, we recognize that we must remain flexible as the COVID-19 pandemic is ever changing.  In an effort to continue serving our students while simultaneously considering the safety, health and well-being of our employees, we are making adjustments to our current operational plan.  These changes are outlined below and subject to change or be amended.

SPRING BREAK

DeKalb County School District will take a traditional spring break the week of April 6-10, 2020.  There will be no digital learning during this week.  Also, there will be no teleworking or on-site work unless approved by the Superintendent.

On Friday, April 3, 2020, students will receive five (5) days of meals in addition to their Friday meal.  This will ensure that our students have food during the week of April 6-10, 2020.

MEAL SERVICE PLAN - (Amended)

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, we will transition to a modified meal service plan. Under the new plan, meals will be distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meals will no longer be delivered daily.  Students will receive a two-day meal package on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as shown in the chart below:

Meal Distribution Days

Meals & Snacks Provided

Number of Meals

Monday

Monday & Tuesday

2 Lunch Meals & 2 Snacks

Wednesday

Wednesday & Thursday

2 Lunch Meals & 2 Snacks

Friday

Friday & Saturday

2 Lunch Meals & 2 Snacks

 

The 21 meal distribution sites will remain operational and the bus meal delivery will continue following the amended plan of meal service on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

DIGITAL LEARNING UPDATE

The District will implement a teacher planning day on Tuesday, March 31st. Students should use Tuesday, March 31st, as a study hall day to complete assignments, if possible, and recharge.  Parents, students and staff are encouraged to use the resources available in the DCSD Cares ... Take Care of YOU.

 

The District will not issue progress reports at this time.  Students will have an opportunity to submit assignments now and when school resumes and will not receive "zeroes" for any missed assignments during the digital learning window.

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY/TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Software Platforms:

  • There are no IT or technological restrictions for staff accessing or using Zoom and similar free video conferencing tools.
  • The district standard video and audio conferencing platform is Microsoft Teams.  This solution is tentatively scheduled to be available for teachers after spring break with full support and training from technology, tutorials and integration into the district’s instructional and technical support model.
  • IT recommends teachers and staff exercise caution when using free online resources and should feel empowered to do what is in the best interest of serving students and families.  

Chromebook Repairs:

  • All students, staff and families should contact the IT Help Desk at 678-676-1188 for support regarding Virtual Learning or assistance with a district issued Chromebook for middle and high school students.  
  • William Bradley Bryant Center (WBBC) is closed to the public except by appointments which are made when a family or student calls the IT Help Desk.
  • Help Desk tickets and appointments are required to assist with receiving and replacing a broken or damaged Chromebook; or issuing a new Chromebook to a middle or high school student.

Note:  Students’ Chromebook cameras are disabled for two-way video use.  Cameras will be enabled and the video feature activated when the Microsoft Teams teachers’ licenses are configured.  Through the Google Management Console, IT can enable the Teams App to control the Chromebook’s camera when the teacher schedules a conference or course with a student(s).  

Camera/Video Risk:

Activating a student Chromebook camera is either an on or off feature. We are able to control how the camera is used by the teacher initiating a session through Teams.  If we were to change our current practice and enable the student Chromebook video camera, students would have the ability to video with other students at any time and unfortunately possibly doing anything appropriate or not.

Please visit the DCSD website (www.dekalbschoolsga.org) frequently for up to date information.

The Superintendent reserves the right to modify all aforementioned guidance based upon current information from public health agencies.

DCSD COVID-19 UPDATE 3.27.2020FINAL.pdf 


This is a major shift from all previous announcements.  However, the nature of our current public health crisis requires that we take extreme measures.  The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff continues to be a top priority.

This executive order will have major implications on our school district.  In the coming weeks, I will share more information with you as to the specific impact on the DeKalb County School District.  I commit to you that we will continue working for our students and staff and will do right by them.

We will have our traditional spring break next week.  There will be no digital learning or meal service during spring break.  On Friday, April 3, 2020, students will receive five (5) days of meals in addition to their Friday meal. This will ensure that our students have food during the week of April 6-10, 2020.  Our teachers have planned for instruction this week and will be ready to resume with digital learning on April 13, 2020.  Again, more information will be provided in the very near future.

 
Launchpad is Here

DeKalb County Schools introduces Launchpad, a student portal that provides access to the students' Office 365 accounts as well as a multitude of digital academic resources which are provided by the district.  With Launchpad, students are able to integrate technology in the classroom while maximizing instructional time.  Launchpad is a dynamic tool that changes resources as the needs of the students change.  It is easily accessible from any mobile device.


 

 
Student and Employee Social Media
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) is providing guidelines for students and employees on the use of social media inside and outside of the classroom.  While the DeKalb County Board of Education provides an official Internet Acceptable Use Policy, found at the eBoard website on Dekalb.k12.ga.us, our guidelines offer a quick reference for safe, online etiquette.  Please see our guidelines online at:  http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/social-media-guidelines/
 
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