A Letter from Superintendent McCombs

September 18, 2020

Dear Camden City School District Community,

Thank you for your patience, hard work, and commitment to ensuring students and families were able to start the 2020-21 school year safely and remotely. Although the “new normal” of remote learning has its challenges, the District is committed to providing students and families with unwavering support and access to resources to successfully navigate this remote learning period.

To that end, as needed, we will continue to share weekly updates to keep students and families informed about resources and timely information regarding student learning and expectations. As a reminder, families can access the District’s website and Student/Parent Resource Guidebook to help provide additional resources.

Below you will find additional information and resources on this week’s focus areas-

  1. Student attendance

  2. Technology

    • Logging into devices and Google 

    • Internet access and IT support


Student Attendance

As we begin the year we have received follow-up questions around how student attendance will be recorded.  We encourage you to review the parent guidebook for full details; however, below is a quick summary.

  • Attendance will be taken daily in the homeroom.  For your student’s attendance to be marked as present, they will need to be logged in and visible in their assigned virtual classroom. 

  • It is recommended that students log into their homeroom class 3-5minutes before it begins to be counted as present and on time.

  • Middle School and High School students - who rotate teachers throughout the day -  will also have attendance taken each class period. 

  • For those families who are having issues with internet access or a functioning chromebook please contact your school’s FOC, so they may track your needs and note why your student is absent. 


Technology

Logging into devices and Google 

If your student is working to log back onto their Chromebook/Tablet after the summer or has just received a device, below are some resources/reminders for you. (Note: these are the same directions provided during student device pick-up.)

  • Log-in to Chromebook/Tablet

    • Note: When a student logs into their ChromeBook/Tablet they only need to open the Google Chrome browser to access their G Suite account. 

      • Students are logged into Google, because they logged onto their device.

    • To log into their Google Classroom, students must go to Classroom.google.com  and then type in their classroom code as provided by the teacher/school (contact your school if you still need this code).

  • Accessing student email

  • Coming soon- the District will be sharing a video tutorial on how to access and use Google Classroom by Friday, September 25.


Internet Access and IT Support

We understand quality internet access is a critical element of remote learning. Several internet service providers are offering families low-cost internet access


Also, as the year has begun we know that there have been incredibly long wait times when families have contacted IT support for their student’s device.  So that we and IT support can best help you - here are some reminders about who to call when you need support. 


Thank you again for your commitment to our students and the District.


Sincerely,


Katrina T. McCombs, M.A.Ed., MPA

State District Superintendent

Camden City School District



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