Academic Help for Quarantined Students
Updated: August 13, 2021
Students who are quarantined from school due to an official Department of Health quarantine, have the ability to connect with a teacher each day from 9am to 11:30am. Click the link below for your grade level:
Pre-K - 5th Grades (Microsoft Teams Link)
6th - 12th Grades (Microsoft Teams Link)
Instructional Continuity for Teacher or Student COVID-19-Related Absences
In order to ensure instructional continuity if a student or teacher is absent due to COVID-19 impacts, the following processes will be in place for the circumstances below so that learning continues for all students.
COVID-19-Related Absence Scenarios
Scenario 1- Student Quarantine. If a student is absent due to a COVID-19-related absence (symptomatic student, positive confirmed case, positive confirmed case of a household member or any quarantine at the direction of the Department of Health-Pinellas that does not impact the entire class)
If a student is absent due to a COVID-19-related situation but their entire classroom is not quarantined, the student will remain at home for the duration of Department of Health-Pinellas (DOH-Pinellas) directed quarantine period. Students will receive make-up work for instruction similar to the regular make-up work procedures outlined in the Code of Student Conduct: Make-up work for full credit and without a grade penalty is allowed for all absences. It is the student's responsibility to obtain the missed work. The number of days allowed to make up the work shall be equal to the number of days the student was absent.
While students will not participate in simultaneous instruction as they did during the 2020-21 school year, teachers may connect with students through Microsoft Teams at the discretion of the teacher. With the addition of PCS Connects, teachers are encouraged to address make-up work through the following options below. Teachers will utilize one of the three options below to assign make-up work. This allows flexibility in addressing the needs of students and courses.
- The teacher will post the lessons and content for the day in the Canvas course and students will access thecontent through Canvas (Canvas can be accessed through CLEVER); OR
- When requested by the student or parent, the teacher will communicate the make-up work to the studentvia email, leave hard copies of the work in the school front office for pick-up, and/or provide copies of thework upon the student’s return to class; OR
- The teacher may choose to provide a set of standards-based computer lessons provided by the district. Ifthe assignments below are issued by a teacher, in lieu of assignments given to students who are present,teachers must accept the work for credit and must be accounted for in FOCUS. While the activities beloware not aligned to all subject areas, they will keep students working on grade-level standards in Englishlanguage arts (ELA) and mathematics. All of the assignments can be accessed by students through CLEVER.
- English language arts: iStation or iReady reading activities for 30 minutes for each day absentand independent reading on MyOn for 20 minutes
- Mathematics: Dreambox or iReady math lessons, 10 lessons for each day absent
- English language arts: Current lesson from StudySync textbook online
- Mathematics: IXL math lesson for 45 minutes each day absent
- Intensive Reading: iReady lesson for 30 minutes each day absent
- English language arts: Vocabulary.com, complete 45 minutes for each day absent
- Intensive Reading 9th and 10th: Reading Plus, complete 45 minutes of work for each day absent
- Intensive Reading 11th and 12th: Method Test Prep, complete 45 minutes of work for each dayabsent
- Mathematics: IXL math lesson, complete 45 minutes for each day absent
In some cases, the teacher may choose to use Microsoft Teams to communicate with the student at home while in the classroom to assist with missed instruction. The student will also have access to live help from a certified teacher by visiting the link on the district website www.pcsb.org/covid19.
Scenario 2 - Whole Class Quarantine. If an entire classroom is quarantined at the direction of the Department of Health-Pinellas (DOH-Pinellas)
If an entire classroom is quarantined at the direction of the DOH-Pinellas, including all students and the teacher, instruction may continue through Canvas and Microsoft Teams following the regular bell schedule of the school. Students will access their Canvas course page through Clever and find the Microsoft Teams link for the daily class meeting.
Please note that this option is dependent upon the teacher being able to continue instruction from home. If a teacher is utilizing any of their available leave options, this option will not occur. If a teacher is not able to teach from home, students will follow the make-up procedures under scenario one (1).
Scenario 3 - Teacher Quarantine. If a teacher is quarantined at the direction of the Department of Health-Pinellas (DOH-Pinellas) and is able to continue instruction from home.
Teachers who are quarantined and able to teach from home will be able to use Canvas and Microsoft Teams to ensure learning continues. The school administration team will arrange for an adult to cover the classroom (either in-house coverage or a certified substitute) for the duration of the quarantine period. The teacher will instruct the class through the classroom interactive board(s). Work will be assigned and graded by the teacher of record.
Scenario 4 - Teacher Quarantine. If a teacher is quarantined at the direction of the Department of Health-Pinellas (DOH-Pinellas) but is NOT able to continue instruction from home.
If a teacher is quarantined by the DOH-Pinellas but is not able to continue instruction from home, the teacher will utilize their available leave options. The school administration team will arrange for adult classroom coverage. Students will complete assignments as provided and follow the make-up procedures under scenario one (1).
All of the scenarios above apply strictly to COVID-19-related absences for students and teachers at the direction of the Department of Health- Pinellas (DOH-Pinellas) and communicated through the Pinellas County Schools district COVID Team. If a student accesses the assigned work during the quarantine period, they will be considered ‘present’ at school. This will be designated in FOCUS for students with the attendance code: QP (quarantine present) or QA (quarantine absent). If students or teachers who are absent for other reasons will follow the regular absence procedures and students will follow traditional make-up work procedures as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
Resources: Click the links below
For Families and Students
Family Canvas Login Support
Family Tech Support Resources
PCS Connects Frequently Asked Questions
Pepper the Answer Bot: Type in your question and be directed to resources
Tech Bytes: Video library to support families navigate digital platforms and resources