Remote Learning Update 4/24/20
Good afternoon East Garner Magnet Middle School Families, this is Jimmy Sposato, the proud principal of the Trojans calling with your Remote update.
All schools closed for the remainder of the school year - I am sad to report that Governor Cooper announced today that all public school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year meaning our students and staff will continue with remote learning and teleworking for the remainder of the school year. As you are also probably aware,the State Board of Education approved an updated Statewide Grading Policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance outlined by the new policy provides that Middle school students will receive a Pass - “PC19” - or Withdrawal - “WC19” - for the final course grades. Math 1 will look a little different. Students will continue to have opportunities to improve their grades to passing during this remote learning window for learning that took place prior to March 13th. As we get further clarity we will pass it on to you.
We are two weeks into what will be our normal for the rest of the year. We have a lot to digest regarding the implications for grading and end of year activities. Please know we understand the struggle and trauma this pandemic is causing on families and we are trying to create an element of stability. We also know getting your kids to engage without sitting, literally on top of them, is both challenging and frustrating. We ask that do your best as parents as we are doing as educators in this new world. We will continue to tweak our practices, including grading, feedback and work load as we strive to make remote learning for all students. We sent out a survey requesting some feedback and you can access here as well.
Our Remote Learning webpage will continue to be our communication hub for the work students are doing at home and is designed to make the process predictable. Click on this link to see a brief demonstration- Demonstration. We have uploaded a schedule template for you to download to help create more clarity - Google Link, Word Document. Our goal is for this work to be clear, predictable and flexible.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT):
North Carolina approved the distribution of additional resources to families receiving free or reduced-price lunch. The additional benefits will be through the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT) to help families buy food during the COVID-19 school closure. Learn more about the P-EBT program on the NC DHHS website. If families contact you with questions about this, please direct them to NC DHHS and notify your school social worker.
Applying for federal free or reduced price school meals:
We realize that many families’ economic and employment situations have changed during this pandemic. Families can apply at any time for free or reduced price lunch, which may also qualify them for other state and federal benefits. www.wcpss.net/meals
If you are needing any resources during this time please check out Wake Network of Care. It is an online one-stop resource directory which allows one to locate needed services and supports throughout Wake County:
Be safe. I miss you all!
Jimmy Sposato, Principal