COVID-19 Instructional Plan
- Ocean Bay Elementary
Hello OBE families!
We hope this message finds you well and safe during this time of uncertainty. Please know that we miss seeing the children's smiling faces each day. Although we know that classroom instruction from teachers cannot be replicated, we appreciate your support as you guide your children through the learning opportunities found here. Please check the HCS website for continued updates. We look forward to seeing you when it is safe for students to return to school.
With love and compassion,
The Leadership Team: Mrs. Schroyer, Mrs. Acre, Ms. Mulcahy, Mrs. Ball, and Mrs. McMillen
The Choice Boards are listed below and additional resources can be found at https://sites.google.com/g.horrycountyschools.net/hcselearning/student-resources.
Beginning March 30 and Throughout the School Closure
Assignments for students in grades 3-5 will be communicated by teachers via email, virtual classroom (i.e., Google Classroom, etc.) and/or hard copy.
Message about Turning in Work
Students in Grades CD-2:
Days 1-10 of eLearning may be submitted electronically to your child’s homeroom teacher. Please look for more specific directions from your child’s teacher on how you can submit work electronically. Please know that this work must be submitted in order to be credited for attendance those days. To honor all missed days of instruction, which began March 16th, if this work is not yet finished please work to finish it and submit it in a timely manner. Starting Monday, March 30th, Day 11 of eLearning will begin and your child will begin working on newly created assignments. Students with devices and internet access will complete assignments posted on the HCS eLearning website. Students who do not have devices or internet access will be mailed assignments every other week.
Students in Grades 3-5:
Days 1-10 of eLearning may be submitted on-line to your child’s HOMEROOM teacher on Google Classroom beginning Friday, March 30th. Please know that this work must be submitted in order to be credited for attendance those days. To honor all missed days of instruction, which began March 16th, if this work is not yet finished please work to finish it and submit it in a timely manner. Starting Monday, March 30th, Day 11 of eLearning will begin. Students with devices and internet access will complete assignments in their teacher’s Google Classroom. Students who do not have devices or internet access will be mailed assignments every other week. Students will receive instruction and assignments for Writing, Science and Social Studies through your child’s homeroom teacher on Google Classroom. Students will receive instruction and assignments from their normal ELA and Math teachers for those subjects on Google Classroom. For any child in grades 3-5 that does not have a device at home and would like to request one, please email your child's teacher and we will work to get you a device.
All Students Without Devices (Grades CD-5) Mailing Information:
Assignments for the weeks of March 30 - April 3 (Days 11-15) and April 6 - April 10 (Days 16-20) will be mailed tomorrow and should arrive at your home in time for your child to begin Day 11 work on Monday. The work for April 10 is optional as this is Good Friday and the first day of spring break.
Students Who Cannot Submit Work Electronically - Drop-off Times:
For any students who are unable to electronically submit work (from Days 1-10 and everyday after) we will be available to collect your child’s completed work at school Friday, March 27th, April 3rd and April 24th until further notice. Two drop-off times have been established for your convenience. You may drop off your child’s completed work between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The drop-off area is located at the OBE bus lot and has been designed such that no person-to-person contact is necessary. Simply pull up to the drop-off area, place your child’s work in the box clearly labeled with the name of your child’s teacher, and drive off. For students in grades 3-5 please place all work in your child’s homeroom teacher’s box and we will separate the work if your child has a different teacher for ELA or Math. Please ensure your child’s name is clearly written on all assignments so that credit can be given for completed work. Should circumstances prevent you from dropping off your child’s work the week that it is finished, simply drop it off the following Friday.
Please remember that your child’s teacher is available via email during the regular workday to provide support with questions regarding student assignments. We are pleased that during this challenging time, our students can continue to receive and complete assignments to get credit for attendance.
Also, during the extended school closure, HCS will continue to offer Monday through Friday student meal delivery options for children who are enrolled in Horry County Schools. In addition to 13 school pick-up locations, HCS utilizes buses to deliver to designated stops a free lunch and free breakfast to students for the next day. Per USDA regulations, students must be present to receive the meals. We will update parents via the district’s website and through social media if any locations are adjusted. Visit the HCS website for more information or contact HCS Nutrition Services at 843-488-6925.
Thank you and have a good evening!
Ocean Bay Elementary
HCS eLearning Parent Letter
eLearning Days Information for Elementary Parents
Horry County Schools has developed a plan for eLearning days to provide students with assignments for lost instructional time due to school closures. This plan allows students to complete standards-based assignments from home while school is not in session. While we cannot replace the value of the teacher student interaction in the classroom we are working to provide resources and activities that will help students remain engaged in learning while schools are closed.
This packet contains eLearning day activities that have been specially designed for your child’s specific grade level. Each day’s choice board is comprised of 15 choices related to reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Students are required to complete four activities each day (one activity from each content area in addition to independently reading and responding to a text each day). The activities have been carefully designed to ensure they are an application of a skill or standard that has already been taught. Children in child development and kindergarten will require assistance from parents, while children in first through fifth grade will need minimal assistance.
All choice boards are due upon your child’s return to school. The completion and return of these activities to your child’s teacher will result in your child receiving credit for attendance for each day designated as an HCS eLearning day. Should your child have difficulty or if you have specific questions regarding eLearning day activities or guidelines, your child’s teacher is available via email during regular work hours. Children in child development through second grade will receive a participation grade for each activity completed, and children in third through fifth grade will receive a grade in the lowest weighted category for each activity completed. Choice boards will not be returned home, but kept at school for documentation of attendance.
Additional information regarding eLearning is available via the HCS eLearning website, as well as individual school websites. Choice boards for all grade levels can also be accessed via the HCS eLearning website. We are excited to provide this unique alternative learning opportunity for your child.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an eLearning day?
On eLearning days, students do not report to school. Students will be given assignments designed to be completed independently.
Students in grades CD-8 will utilize choice boards for eLearning assignments.
Students in grades 9-12 will receive assignments from teachers based on the courses on their schedules.
How and when will students and parents know if an eLearning day has been initiated?
School cancellations and the announcement of eLearning days will be shared through district/school websites, social media, ParentLink and local media outlets.
How will students be informed about assignments during an eLearning day?
Assignments for students in grades CD-8 will be posted on the district website and/or hard copy. Assignments for students in grades 9-12 will be communicated by teachers via email, virtual classroom (i.e., Google Classroom, AP Classroom, etc.), and/or hard copy.
How much school work will students be required to accomplish?
The goal is not to overload students with work but to provide practice and learning activities related to their grade level/course standards.
When will assignments be due?
Students are expected to complete assignments daily during eLearning days. Students should submit assignments daily or upon their return to school.
How will students contact teachers with questions?
Teachers will be available via email during regular work day hours on eLearning days to respond to questions, provide feedback, and clarification regarding eLearning assignments.
How does attendance work for the eLearning day?
Students will be marked present by completing each day’s assignments.
How does grading work for the eLearning Day?
Students will be given credit for each completed assignment. Assignments not completed may impact student grades.
Do students with identified special learning needs have an alternative means to access their education on eLearning days?
Individual supports and accommodations for students with an Individual Education Program (IEP) or a Section 504 Plan, as well as English Language Learners, will be followed as a part of eLearning. Because specialized instruction or related services may not be delivered during the school closure for students with IEPs, the District will ensure that each student’s IEP team convenes within a reasonable time after the school closure ends to discuss compensatory services as needed.
What if my child does not have access to the internet or a device?
Students who may not have access to the internet will have additional time to submit completed assignments upon their return to school.
Can students choose to opt-out of eLearning days?
Students not participating in an eLearning day will be coded as absent. Absences that fall under the current policy as excused will be marked as excused. All other absences will be considered unexcused unless the student completes the eLearning assignments upon return to school during the designated time period.