The Wayne County School System has compiled these distance learning resources as a way to keep students learning during the school closure due to COVID-19.
Wayne County Distance Learning Guidelines
As part of our ongoing efforts to communicate with parents and students, we want to share the following information.
- Teachers have been asked to make contact with their students each week. They have also been asked to respond to emails or phone messages from parents and students within 24 hours via KinVo, phone, email, or in a virtual meeting room such as Google Hangout, Google Meets, or Microsoft Teams. However, if you contact a teacher on a Friday, it may be Monday before they respond.
- Teachers have been asked to set online office hours each week and communicate them with their students. This is a time that students could "meet" with their teacher in a virtual setting.
- Teachers in PreK-8th grade will post online assignments by noon on Mondays. High school teachers will post assignments by midnight on Thursday nights.
Guidelines for Instruction
- Assignments will focus on building key skills or reviewing content.
- Elementary students should be able to complete the assignments in approximately two hours per day. For our youngest students, slightly less time should be needed.
- For middle and high school, students should be able to complete assignments in approximately 30-45 minutes per subject.
Paper/Pencil Instructional Packets
- Packets for grades PreK-8th will be generated at the district level and will be consistent across all schools. Packets will be available for pick-up at all lunch distribution sites. If parents ask for packets to be mailed, we will make arrangements for that.
- Paper/pencil packets are intended for students who do not have access to the Internet and/or an electronic device at home.
- Students who are working with paper/pencil packets should keep their packets and bring them back completed when school resumes.
- For students who are participating in online learning opportunities, teachers have been encouraged to provide feedback on those assignments.
- At this time, teachers are not entering grades in Infinite Campus.
The resources listed below cover a wide range of grade levels and topics that will keep students learning during school closures. Please click on the appropriate grade level link for your student for a suggested daily schedule and pdf files of instructional packets.
Read, read, read! Reading books is a great way to increase vocabulary, stimulate creativity, and improve reading comprehension. Pair reading with a journal, where students summarize what they have read or reflect on what they have read. Even very young students can use a reading journal, but they may choose to draw pictures instead of write words.
i-Ready – Site for students in grades K-8 in Wayne County. Students will need to use their Wayne County user name and password to log-in to work on their instructional learning path.
Print-ready packets for grades K-8 – no login is required for this page – scroll down to find mathematics and reading packets.
Scholastic Learn at Home – This site is completely free and includes cross-curricular learning journeys. Each day includes four learning experiences, each built around a meaningful story or video – for grades preK-12.
Khan Academy provides learning activities for students from pre-K-high school in a variety of subject areas. Khan Academy has also published sample daily schedules for students 4-18 to keep them learning.
Georgia Public Broadcasting - Georgia Home Classroom - provides learning activities for students from pre-K- high school in a variety of subject areas. New lessons are being added daily.
Audible - Audible is offering free listening for students. Simply click on the link, no log-in or password required. Simply click, stream, and listen. This is a great way to offer a screen-free option for students to hear a story read aloud. The Audible library has books that are appropriate for listeners young and old.
Speech Therapy Resource - This is a resource that provides home therapy practice for students who are served by our speech therapy program.
Leader in Me - We are growing leaders in Wayne County with our Leader in Me program. This resource provides "bite-sized" lessons, 7 Habits Cartoons, and lots of other activities to help families focus on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
SORA - The SORA app allows students to check out books to a Kindle OR read online books in any web browser. Choose Wayne County as your school. Happy reading! #wayneREADS
Georgia Aquarium Webcam - The Georgia Aquarium has set up webcams at all of their exhibits --- check it out as a virtual field trip!
Georgia Aquarium At Home Learning - The Georgia Aquarium is doing a daily live stream of an event, like feeding the animals, a staff talk, or animal highlight.
Newsela - Newsela provides engaging, standards-aligned content through leveled articles on many, many topics. Students and staff in Wayne County can sign in through their Clever account.
The Smithsonian Learning Lab includes pre-packaged collections containing lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators and thousands of classroom teachers across the country.
First Alert Weather Academy - WTOC - On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the WTOC meteorologists will teach a science lesson related to the weather. They will be posted online and will also appear on air during the 4:30 p.m. newscast.
Georgia Power's Learning Power Game App - Georgia Power's Learning Power Game App reinforces STEM-based energy and efficiency lessons with fun, interactive, educational activities. Thre are leveled activities for students in grades PreK - High School.