GBMS Remote & Hybrid Learning (2020-2021)

A/B DAY CALENDAR WITH HYBRID WEEKS DENOTED

Our first day of remote learning is Tuesday, September 1st, we will be following our A Day Schedule. Here is the list of A and B day with Hybrid Weeks Denoted for trimester two.

CHANGE TO REMOTE LEARNING START TIME FOR ALL STUDENTS

All remote students effective February 1, 2021 will log in to their first Zoom class of the day at 9:10am, Monday through Thursday.  To support the safe arrival of in-person students, staff will be assisting with this process.  We will be asking all remote learning students whether or not their grade level is following the hybrid week schedule to remotely join their first class each day at 9:10am, Monday through Thursday.  Friday the start time will be 9:00 as usual, since all students are learning remotely. The start and end times of the class periods following the A/B Schedule will remain the same with this one exception.

HYBRID WEEK

What will the day look like for students engaged in learning during the hybrid week?

During each week your student's grade level is following the HYBRID week schedule (Monday-Thursday), all grade level students whether in person or remote will be assigned to work with one Core (Math, Science, Individuals & Societies or Language & Literature) teacher on their team.  Regardless of weather, in-person students will begin entry into the building at 8:50 am.  We will not have supervision for students until 8:50am, therefore students should not arrive any earlier than 8:50am to their assigned entry location. At their assigned entry location, they will meet with the teacher that they will be working with for the entire Hybrid week in the morning until 12:40pm.  Our remote learners will connect to the zoom class of the Core Teacher on their team that they have been assigned to work with during the hybrid week at 9:10am.  Our remote students will be live streaming into the classroom with the in-person students. Below is a sample of what the day will look like for all students (in person and remote) who are following their Grade Level Hybrid Week Schedule on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Then on Friday of their Grade Level Hybrid week, students will continue to follow the A/B day rotation and A/B Schedule that the students have been following since the start of the school year. 

Brooks Hybrid Agenda

When will the first hybrid week be for each grade level?

  • The First 6th Grade Hybrid Week will be the week of February 1, 2021
  • The Frist 7th Grade Hybrid Week will be the week of February 8, 2021 (Friday, February 12th is an Institute day and there is no student attendace on this day)
  • The First 8th Grade Hybrid Week will be the week of February 16, 2021 (Only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurdsay, since Monday February 15th is Presidents Day and a school holiday)

When will students know the teacher that they will work with during the first hybrid week?

  • 6th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, January 28th.
  • 7th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, February 4th.
  • 8th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, February 11th.

Will each Hybrid class (in-person and remote students) work with the same teacher every Hybrid week?

No. The first hybrid week:  Students in hybrid class A will be working the Math teacher on the team and this class will be working on a Math project M-Th between 9am and 12:40pm.  Students in hybrid class B will be working with the Science teacher on the team and this class will be working on a Science project M-Th between 9am and 12:40pm.  Students in hybrid class C will be working with the Language & Literature teacher on the team and this class will be working on a Language & Literature project M-Th between 9am and 12:40pm.  Students in hybrid class D will be working with the Individuals & Societies teacher on the team and this class will be working on a Individuals & Societies project M-Th between 9am and 12:40pm.   The second hybrid week, the hyrid classes will be assigned to work with a different core teacher on the team and again during the third hybrid week, etc allowing all students to work with every core teacher on a subject specific project.  The final two hybrid weeks, students will work with one of their team teachers to complete an interdisciplinary project.

Example Rotation Schedule

What is the process for breakfast, snacks or lunch for in-person students? Students will not be eating at school.

We will not have students eating in the building while in-person. All in-person students must eat their breakfast at home prior to arriving to school.  The district is continuing to distribute meals  on Tuesdays as we have been doing since the start of the school year. Middle School does not provide snack time and will not do so during the hybrid week.  Students will be dismissed at 12:40pm to travel home and eat lunch once at home.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING IN-PERSON

When students come to school for in-person instruction during their hybrid learning weeks, the following materials should be brought with them. These items can be packed in a ziploc bag for the 4 days of in-person instruction. Students will not have access to their locker.  We recommend that these items be brought home each day.  Wipes and sanitizer will be readily available, but students can also bring their own travel size.   Students will not be able to share items.

Hybrid Student Supply List

 

STUDENT ARRIVAL PROCESS FOR HYBRID IN PERSON STUDENTS

When will students know their entry location if attending in-person? 

  • 6th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, January 28th.
  • 7th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, February 4th.
  • 8th Grade families will be receiving an email with their Student's Hybrid Teacher and Entry Location if attending in person by Thursday, February 11th.

Self-Certification

In order to help facilitate the safe return of students to the school campus, we have partnered with CrisisGo, a leader in school safety communications and their Safety iPASS health-screening platform. This will allow us to have our on-site students and staff pre-certify that they are healthy to return to school each day. Please click the following link if you would like further information on Safety iPASS: CrisisGo Safety iPass for Parents. 

Daily Email: Parents/guardians of hybrid learners will receive a daily email early in the morning. The email will come from [email protected] Parents/guardians are to complete the daily health certification before your student(s) arrives at school. Please check your junk/spam folder if the email is not in your inbox.

Optional: In addition to the option of using the Report button in the certification email, parents and guardians can certify students using the CrisisGo app. More information on the CrisisGo app can be found here: CrisisGo App

Completing the Screening Questions: Open your email, click the REPORT button and answer the brief questions. The screening information must be completed 8:15 a.m. for middle school Students. If you have multiple children in the district, you will receive multiple emails. The screening must be completed for each individual student.

Any self-screenings that are not completed by the time noted above will require a school staff member to contact you directly. We need your compliance with the deadlines so that staff can focus their attention on opening the school and ensuring other pieces of the infection mitigation plan are in place for the day. 

Please note: Students will not be allowed in their prospective classrooms until the self-certification has been completed. Your child will be escorted to a holding area where a staff member will contact you to complete the self-certification.

Badges: If your child meets the health requirements for entry to the building, they will be issued a GREEN entry badge. If they do not meet the requirements, a different colored no-entry badge will be generated. Badges are for internal use only—you do not need to print them out.

Link to download the Brooks Procedures for Student Arrival/Dismall during hybrid week.

Procedures for Student Arrival/Dismissal

Student Hybrid Entry Locations

Brooks Student Drop Off Map

DISMISSAL PROCEDURES (WALKERS AND BUS RIDERS)

  • We will stagger the departure of students based on location in the building.  We will start with the 4th floor first with all students having exited the building by 12:46pm.
  • Teachers will walk their classrooms to the same door students entered in the morning.
  • During the dismissal process, students are to remain 6 feet apart and wear their masks
  • Teachers will dismiss walker and those being picked up and then continue to walk the bus riders to their bus.

WEARING MASKS

Here is a video discussing information about proper mask wearing.

BUSING

  • Please click here for the information on the bus routes.
  • Students who are eligible to ride the bus will receive a pad of bus slips called Self-Certification Forms on the first day of in-person learning from their teacher.  Here is an image of the slip, in case you lose the pad of slips you can recreate the information to be able to give to the bus driver.
  • Once you've completed CrisisGo Self-Certification and your student is given the GREEN Badge, then fill out the form for your student to give to the bus driver before entering the bus.
  • Upon arriving to school, a Brooks Staff member holding a Question Mark Sign will help students find their entry door location, if unknown.
  • Students should arrive at their bus stop 5 minutes prior to their pick up time.
  • Students should wear their masks covering their nose and mouth the entire time at the bus stop, on the bus and when they get to school.
  • Buses will load back-to-front with 1 student per seat. If a student travels with a sibling there will be 2 students per seat.
  • Buses will unload front to back. Students are to remain seated until the driver instructs them to leave their seats. Physical distancing should be maintained to the extent possible.
  • Bus drivers will provide students with a mask if the child doesn’t have one.
  • Buses are scheduled to depart from Brooks School at 12:50 p.m.

TARDY PROCEDURES

  • Students who arrive at school after their class has entered the building will only be allowed to enter through the main door.
  • Students will need to wear a mask that covers their mouth and their nose and maintain physical distance as indicated by the markings on the floor.
  • A staff member will ensure the student's parent/guardian has completed the self-certification, check the student's temperature and share with the front office the student's name to report the tardy.

PROCEDURES AND ROUTINES WHILE IN THE CLASSROOM

  • Students will remain with the same classroom group throughout the day
  • Teachers will teach safety procedures and expectations that include wearing a face mask, physical distancing of 6’ at all times, regular sanitizing, handwashing, and our Tier 1 PBIS Hybrid Learning expectations.
  • Teachers will develop routines for movement breaks in the classroom.
  • Upon entering the classroom students will either wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer that is mounted in each classroom entry.
  • Students will not be utilizing lockers. Student work materials will be stored in their backpacks under their assigned seat. Coats will be placed on the back of their chair with any hats, scarves, or gloves being stuffed on the arms.
  • Students will need to stay in assigned seats/areas at all times
  • Masks must be worn at all times with their nose covered.
  • There will be no sharing of classroom supplies. If a student does not have their own supplies, we will help provide students with the supplies they need for learning.
  • Students must bring their chromebooks and charging cord to school with them every day they attend in-person learning.

Brooks Return to Learning On-Site Safety Procedures

SCHOOL WIDE

  • All staff and parents/guardians on behalf of their student will self-certify daily. If a staff or student exhibits any symptoms on the self-certification form, it is imperative the staff or student remain home and not come to school.  If the student is well enough to attend their classes remotely, please have them do so.
  • All staff and students will wear masks that covers their mouth and nose. Gators or masks with valves are not permitted.
  • 6 foot social distancing will be encouraged throught the building.
  • Each class is assigned to a specific arrival door. The utilization of every entrance helps us to spread students out as much as possible.
  • Laser Thermometers are stationed at each entrance.
  • There are markings throughout the building designating every 6 feet.
  • We have posters throughout the building reminding students to maintain social distancing, wear their masks and wash or sanitize their hands.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are in every classroom.
  • An Isolation Room has been established for students with COVID symptoms.
  • Students will be able to sign-out using a google form of the classroom to use the bathrom at the end of the Wing and then sign-in upon their return
  • Lockers will not be used (student work stored in backpacks under their seat, coats on back on the chair).
  • Materials will not be shared.

STAFF PROCEDURES

  • Each classroom teacher has been provided with PPE (a washable facemask and a Face shield if requested).
  • Staff need to complete self-certification daily.
  • Staff will temperature check at door when entering the building.
  • Interventionists/specialists, clinical, and resource teachers will deliver services remotely
  • We have four permanent subs for our building to provide support for in-person learning when needed.

STUDENT PROCEDURES

  • Each morning at 7:00 a.m. an automated email notification to self-certify will be sent to all onsite students using a system, CrisisGo.
  • Parents will be required to self-certify students by 8:15 a.m. each morning.
  • If a student exhibits any symptoms on the self certification form, it is imperative the family keeps the student home from school and communicate with the main office and Nurse Donovan.
  • The school office will run a report at 8:25 a.m. to see who did not complete the self-certification and start contacting families.
  • Students will report to school no earlier than 8:50 a.m. and report to their designated spots to line up.
  • Before entering the building, classroom teachers will check the self-certification form was completed for each student.
  • Student temperatures will be taken at the door.
  • Students who have a temperature will go be escorted by an adult to the isolation room.
  • Students who have not completed the self certification process will go to the gym until certification is completed.
  • After dismissal all students will have 60 minutes to travel home and eat lunch.
  • From 1:40 to 2:10 students will be able to connect with their CORE teachers during office hours to get help with their asycnchronous assignments.  Students will have from 2:10 to 3:30 to complete 2 asynchronous assignments each day.

CLASS SCHEDULE & HOW TO READ SCHEDULE

Each school day begins at 9am (effective 2/1 students will join zoom at 9:10am) and ends at 3:30pm. On the A Days, students will attend periods 1,2,3,4 as well as lunch and advisory, which is listed as period 10 on the attached schedule.  On the B Days, students will attend periods 6,7,8,9  as well as lunch and advisory, which is listed as period 10 on the attached schedule.  See images below for a visual example.

Daily Schedule at Brooks A Day

Daily Schedule at Brooks B Day

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Attendance will be taken every day for each class period by each of your child's teacher and it will be denoted in PowerSchool.  Student's are expected to attend each of their classes at their scheduled time and day.  If your student will be absent from remote learning, please call the attendance number 708-665-3074 or email [email protected]

ADVISORY

Your student’s advisory teacher will be working with your student daily from 11:40 to 12:20pm. During your student's grade level hybrid week Mon-Thurs, students at that grade level will engage in Advisory/Social Emotional Learning with their assigned hybrid teacher. This is an opportunity for building a strong teacher to student connection. Students will engage in social, emotional Second Step lessons, will learn key features of Canvas, work with their advisory teacher if they have questions or challenges in their coursework, learn how to use PowerSchool to monitor their grades and missing assignments as well as develop plans on how to attack any challenges they may face during remote learning. Your child’s advisory teacher will be monitoring each student in their advisory class to ensure each student is attending their remote learning classes and engaging in the learning. If you or your student have general questions or concerns, your student’s advisory teacher is a good first person to connect with. If you or your student has specific questions related to a specific class, the teacher of that class is the best first person to connect with.

S.O.A.R.

Strategies of Academics and Resilience (S.O.A.R.) is a class where the students will meet with one of their core teachers in strategy groups where they will participate in community building, executive functioning, how we learn and brain science and goal setting lessons as well as focusing on skills and knowledge connected to reading, math and/or critical thinking to support student’s learning needs.  This course is taken for two trimesters and the other trimester students will engage in their Design class.

MIDDLE MATTERS WEEKLY FAMILY COMMUNICATION

Each Sunday evening, Principal Capuder sends a weekly email communication that highlights the many things going on in the school and district, with the PTO as well as with our community partners.  Click here to see the most recent Middle Matters communication, as well as all archived communications.

TECHNOLOGY HELP

If your student is having a chromebook issue, please email [email protected]

HAVE QUESTIONS?

Questions

CANVAS

Canvas is our Learning Management System that all teachers will be using to post the learning resources for their students. The student’s Canvas username and password to login to Canvas is the same as last year if your student is a 7th or 8th grader or if your student is a 6th grader, it was provided to you when you picked up your student’s Chromebook . If your student doesn’t know their username or password, please contact Minerva Colbert ([email protected]).  To login to CANVAS go to op97.instructure.com

CANVAS OBSERVER ACCOUNT

To be able to view your student’s Dashboard List View that outlines all the assignments that will be worked on in each of their courses, as well as to see what has been turned in, you will need to create an observer account.  Here are the directions to do this.  Here is the Canvas Parent/Guardian (Observer) Guide.  Here is a quick overview outlining key features of Canvas that will help families and students access the learning materials as well as see what has been submitted. To login to CANVAS go to op97.instructure.com

ZOOM CLASS LINKS

On Friday, 8/28, your student will be able to log into Canvas to access their classes/courses within Canvas, which will also be where each class' zoom link will be found.  Here is a VIDEO explaining how students will find the zoom links for each of their classes.

POWERSCHOOL

Here is a slide deck that compares Canvas and PowerSchool and provides tips for parents/guardians to support your student.  Canvas is our Learning Management system where all lesson materials are posted and assignments are submitted.  PowerSchool is where grades are posted for those assignments submitted to canvas that teachers decide will be used as evidence of learning.  During the first week of school, parents/guardians will receive your student's access ID and password, which will enable you to create a parent/guardian account.

PARENT UNIVERSITY RESOURCES

Remote Learning 2.0: Middle School    Video Slides

Canvas (Learning management system for Grades 6-8)     Video   Slides

Google Tools (Operating Drive, Documents and sharing)   Video    Slides

Securly (Student safety and device management tool)      Video    Slides    

Zoom 101 (Zoom basics for families)   Video    Slides