ARAB CITY SCHOOLS DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN - April 2, 2020
We are excited to announce that Arab City Schools will reopen on Monday, April 6th through a blended distance learning model of on-line instruction and paper packets. Although ACS school facilities will remain closed, we are working diligently to implement the ACS Continuity Plan based on the guidance provided from the Alabama State Department of Education. While no plan is perfect, we feel strongly that our plan will provide the continuity and support families need during these unprecedented times. Teachers are preparing innovative ways to ensure our students continue to learn. We appreciate your partnership and patience as we transition to this new format.
The Arab City Schools’ website (K-5) and Google Classroom (6-12) will be the platforms used to deliver instruction. Packets will be mailed to all students who do not have internet access. It is important for students to complete these essential standards’ lessons to help ensure they are prepared for the next school year.
Daily lessons may be accessed in the following ways:
- Students in grades K-5 may access grade-level specific lessons online beginning Monday, April 6th at the ACS DISTANCE LEARNING SITE
- Students in grades 6-11 may access grade-level specific lessons online beginning Monday, April 6th via Google Classroom.
- A paper copy of lesson packets will be mailed to all students who do not have internet access.
- Principals will share school schedules with students and parents via email.
Information for K-11th Grade Students
- Yearly averages for students grades in K-5 will be determined by averaging their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine-weeks’ grades.
- Yearly averages for students in grades 6-11 will be determined by averaging their 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th nine-weeks’ grades.
- K-11 daily instructional lessons for the remainder of the school year will focus on essential standards necessary for students to complete the current grade-level or course as well as prepare them for the next year.
- K-5 teachers will be contacting families to determine internet access availability.
- 6-11 students and parents are asked to complete a technology survey to determine internet access availability.
Information for Seniors
- Seniors on track to graduate and in good standing as of the first semester and 3rd nine-weeks grading report will be considered “as meeting the graduation requirements” for the State of Alabama.
- Seniors who are not on track will be given the opportunity for credit recovery immediately in order to graduate with their class.
- Seniors enrolled in AP classes will continue preparations for the AP exam.
- Seniors completing ACCESS classes must consult their ACCESS facilitator and teacher to determine if completion expectations have been met.
- Any student enrolled in Snead State Community College Dual Enrollment classes must complete the college coursework required for each course.
- The Arab High School graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 is scheduled for May 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Arab City Schools Sportsplex. Parents and students will be notified via email if the ceremony is rescheduled.
*If you have questions, please contact your child’s principal or teacher via email.
We believe that this unprecedented time has provided us with an opportunity for growth in ways that we could have never imagined. We strive to live out our vision of investing in others, serving our community, and seeking growth each day. Today is no different. Our circumstances may have changed, but our commitment to our vision has not. During this time, we will continue to strengthen relationships, encourage one another, and persevere when challenges arise. We are in this together and we will emerge stronger and more united than ever before. #ACSVision #Limitless #ACSStrong #WeRArab
March 30, 2020 Update
This section of the ACS website includes important resources regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and information to keep our community safe and healthy. Information is always changing and we will provide the latest updates as they are available. For updated information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic please visit http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov or www.cdc.gov.
Arab City Schools' students will not be returning to traditional school during for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. ACS will re-open on Monday, April 6th with school facilities remaining closed. ACS is working diligently to finalize the Arab City Schools' Continuity Plan based on the guidance provided from the Alabama State Department of Education. Instruction will be delivered to K-12 students through a blended distance learning model of on-line instruction and packets. We appreciate your partnership and patience as we transition to this new format. We look forward to working with our students again soon!
Dr. Berry, ACS Superintendent - March 27, 2020
March 26, 2020 Update
Governor Kay Ivey and State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey announced that students will not be returning to traditional school during the 2019-20 school year in an effort to protect our students, staff and all Alabamians as we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19. Arab City Schools will re-open on Monday, April 6th with school facilities remaining closed. ACS is working diligently to finalize the Arab City Schools' Continuity Plan based on the guidance provided from the Alabama State Department of Education. Instruction will be delivered to K-12 students through a blended distance learning model of on-line instruction and packets. We appreciate your partnership and patience as we transition to this new format. We look forward to working with our students again soon!
ACS Emergency School Closure Protocol - March 13, 2020
Arab City Schools is committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of everyone within the ACS family. Our district is in constant communication with the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Public Health to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will remain vigilant in our efforts to be as cautious and prepared as possible.
In the event of an emergency school system closure, both students and adults will be asked to stay home. In an effort to provide academic support during an extensive school closure, lessons will be posted. Lesson details will be shared through the Arab City Schools’ website, Blackboard Mass Communication System, and social media outlets.
Our schools will customize lessons designed to minimize the academic impact that an emergency school closure could have on our students. These lessons will be aimed at ensuring our students retain the core academic standards that are associated with their respective grade levels. Lessons will be posted via school/system website and/or Google Classroom.
Any decision regarding an emergency school system closure will be communicated through the Blackboard Mass Communication System, local media outlets, and social media platforms. Thank you for your support and partnership as we navigate this challenging situation to determine how best to serve our students.