Schools adjust to virus closure

  • A cart full of prepared bagged lunches wait to be passed out to families as part of a program through the Hart County Charter System to provide lunches during the school closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    A cart full of prepared bagged lunches wait to be passed out to families as part of a program through the Hart County Charter System to provide lunches during the school closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Hart County Charter System began its meal program Tuesday, March 18.
The school system will provide meals to children ages 18 and younger, free of charge. Children must be present to receive the meals. Families can pick up the meals at their zoned elementary schools between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the week. Meals will not be available on the weekends.
The meals will be given out in the car-rider lines at the elementary schools. Hartwell Elementary will use the Strickland Funeral Home car-rider line entrance.
Officials are requesting families not exit their vehicles to get their meals.
Families with dietary restrictions can call 706-856-7294 to request meals that meet those restrictions.
 

OTHER SUPPLIES
Additionally, pickup of learning packets, Chromebooks, instruments, medication, school supplies and other personal belongings will begin Thursday, March 19, and occur again on Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 23.
Each school will designate multiple pick-up locations with each place serving one grade level. Principals will share grade level pickup locations with parents by noon Wednesday, March 18.
Administrators, front office staff, media specialists and paraprofessionals will be available to greet parents.
• Second, fifth, eighth, ninth and 12th graders will pick up their materials from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.
• First, fourth, seventh and 10th graders will pick up their materials from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, March 20.
• Kindergarten, third, sixth and 11th graders will pick up their materials from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, March 23.
Parent signatures will be required for Chromebooks. Serial numbers or asset tag numbers of the Chromebooks will be recorded at the school level.
 

WIFI ACCESS
School buses equipped with wifi will also be parked at select locations around the county for families in need of wifi to complete online learning assignments.  They will be at:

• Bowersville Baptist Church: 980 W. Main Street, Bowersville

• Goldmine Church of God: 6970 Royston Hwy, Canon • Flat Rock Church: 5595 Cokesbury Hwy, Hartwell

• Reed Creek Baptist Church: 116 Boleman Hill Road, Hartwell

• Providence UMC: 2395 Providence Church Road, Lavonia

• Zion CME: 416 Zion CME Church Road, Hartwell

• Sardis Baptist Church: 4359 Anderson Hwy, Hartwell

• Mt. Olivet Baptist: 2973 Mt. Olivet Road, Hartwell

• Macedonia UMC: 3961 Airline Goldmine Road, Canon

• Hart County High School: 59 5th Street, Hartwell

• Hart County Middle School: 176 Powell Road, Hartwell

• North Hart Elementary School: 124 Ankerich Road, Bowersville

• Hartwell Elementary School: 147 College Avenue, Hartwell

• South Hart Elementary School: 121 E&M Dairy Road, Hartwell

• Hart County Library: 150 Benson Street, Hartwell (Note: this location is for the parking lot only. The library is closed until further notice.)

The wifi connection is “Kajeet Smartbus” and the password is “Smartbus.”

At Flat Creek Church, the wifi connection is “Flat Rock” and no password is needed.

HOME LEARNING SUGGESTIONS
The school system also offering advice for parents and families to encourage ongoing learning during the closure.
Parents can stay in contact with their students’ teachers via phone or email with any questions about online lessons. School officials ask parents to be patient with the teachers because they will be in contact with all of their students. They also ask parents to remember the digital office hours of 9-11 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m. Other communication options include Google Apps (Hangout), Remind, Class Dojo, Google Classroom and Bloomz.
School officials suggest reading with their children and discussing what they read with them. Parents can also encourage students to write about what they have read in a daily reading journal. Parents can also promote literacy at home by creating a family book club with older students in which the entire family reads the same text and discusses it.
Administrators also remind parents not to rush to complete all the assignments in one, rushed work day. Take small breaks between assignments and alternate topics regularly.
Students have already been taught to use online learning tools such as Study Island, Google Classroom, BrainPOP, STEM Scopes and Nearbpod, among others.