eLearning

GCS middle schools to return to 5-day in-person instruction beginning 11/23/20

Beginning next week (11/23/20), Greenville County Schools will start the process of returning middle school students to full-time in-person instruction. After consulting with medical professionals from DHEC and Prisma Health and reviewing our internal metrics, we believe GCS students and staff are safer from COVID-19 while at school than they are outside of school. We also recognize that students perform better academically in a face-to-face setting. Thankfully, GCS has received updated guidance on the use of plexiglass panels in classrooms. DHEC officials say students wearing masks can sit 3-feet apart instead of 6-feet while separated by a plexiglass barrier. It’s important to understand that our decision to return middle school students to 5-day-a-week in-person instruction was not reached overnight. Facilities personnel, including our on-staff architect, analyzed class rosters and classroom spaces at every middle school. These experts, with the help of principals and district administrators, designed a layout for every classroom. Some classes had to be moved to larger spaces, such as auditoriums and cafeterias, where safe social-distancing can occur. To better protect students, some class schedules have been altered to reduce the number of students in the  hallway at one time. In most cases, lunches will be eaten in the classrooms behind the plexiglass barriers, with student encouraged to stay on task while the mask is off and given an opportunity to socialize once the meal is concluded. It is our hope that these and other protocols will lead to a safe and pleasant transition back to 5-day-a-week in-person instruction for middle school students and teachers.

View and/or download a copy of the current Middle School Phase In Plan

Current GCS In-Person Attendance Plan: 

Attendance Plan 2(Students attend in person 2 days per week, according to their color group, elearning 3 days per week)

GCS Return to School Parent Resource page

Access the Greenville County Schools "Destination Return to School" Parent Resource page here. 

Virtual School Website

https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/k8virtual/

Chromebooks

Per Greenville County School, all students have a GCS device for secure testing purposes. Testing that is required by the state and federal government must be completed on a GCS device.

Our Chromebook Support site offers both parents and students a comprehensive resource for using the school issued Chromebook for educational purposes. Please bookmark this site and use it as a reference.  Update: The Chromebook Support site is currently being updated for the 2020-21 school year and will be online again on Monday August 24th. You can access the BMS Chromebook Support site by clicking this link:  Chromebook Support- Bryson Middle School  There is also a link on our mail website under both the Parent menu and Student menu. 

On days that students physically attend school, students may turn in their Chromebook for repair at their school and receive a loaner device. Once repaired, the Chromebook will be returned to the school and must be returned to the student.

On days when students participate in E-learning,  students may call (864) 355-4357 for assistance with minor issues.  If the Chromebook is not functioning properly, students should bring Chromebooks to the nearest career center (Mon-Thu, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM) for repair and to receive a loaner device. Once repaired, Chromebooks will be returned to the student’s home school and must be returned to the student in exchange for the loaner Chromebook.

Virtual students may call (864) 355-4357 for assistance with minor issues.  They may also bring Chromebooks to the nearest career center (Mon-Thu, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM) for repair and to receive a loaner device. Once repaired, Chromebooks will be returned to the student’s home school. The school staff will then contact the student to notify them that the Chromebook is available for pickup.

Google Classroom

Google Classroom is your child’s online link to learning. Find out how parents can get emails from their child’s teachers with assignments and other class activities. This video is closed captioned in Spanish. Remember, if your student is having trouble with their Chromebook, you can call our Help Desk at 355-4357.https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/News/main.asp?titleid=2004google

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Students- Tips for using Google Classroom by Shake Up Learning

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Teachers (and Parents!)- Tips for using Google Classroom by Shake Up Learning

Parents- check out this video that explains how you  can help your student find their assignments: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1E3M-jcxorkbYH-sOS-n_8NryuTSHu5uY/view

View/download a PDF which explains "How to access Google Classroom files and websites while offline".