20-21 Return to Learn

Return to Learn

We will do our best to keep families, students, staff, and the community informed as Grand Ledge Public Schools responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Information is often shared on social media, so please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

 

HELPDESK: Technology Support for Families

Technology Support for Families

If you have technology-related questions (ie. login issues, school device issues, ect.), please contact the building’s frontline technology support team below.  They will answer your questions or direct them to the appropriate people to get answered.

Contact information below or at GLcomets.net/TechHelp

Neff & Holbrook - Nola Cockroft
Phone: 517-925-5625
Email: cockroftn@glcomets.net
Neff’s Online Tech Help Desk

Beagle - Stephanie Morgan
Phone: 517-925-5486
Email: morgans@glcomets.net
Beagle’s Online Tech Help Desk

Delta Center - Carly Gee
Phone: 517-925-5567
Email: geec@glcomets.net
Delta Center’s Online Tech Help Desk

Wacousta - Michael Patrick
Phone: 517-925-5974
Email: patrickm@glcomets.net
Wacousta’s Online Tech Help Desk

WIllow Ridge - Marcia Pogoncheff
Phone: 517-925-5797
Email: pogoncheffm@glcomets.net
Willow Ridge’s Online Tech Help Desk

Hayes - Tammy Jordan-Thelen
Phone: 517-925-5686
Email: jordanthelent@glcomets.net
Hayes’ Online Tech Help Desk

High School -
  Sherry Kreiser-Crouch,
  Jen Ashley,
  Lisa Nelson, &
  Cindy Hoskins

Phone: 517-925-5855
Email: GLHSTechSupport@glcomets.net

 

 

Student & Family Planning Guide, part 3 -- September 4, 2020


Grand Ledge Public School Families & Students,

As we head into the long weekend and prepare for a first day of school like no other in our lifetimes, we are excited to share the third part of the Student & Family Planning Guide at GLcomets.net/Guide3 with you.  It contains some resources for Buzz and talks about the first day of school, and it shares a message about our partnership with you as we navigate the realities of the new school year.

As you read through our document and take time to prepare over the weekend,  I invite you to remember that we are all learning together, and we are all here to support each other.  The collaboration between our school district, our families, and our community will help make this school year successful, especially if we all come from a place of grace and understanding.  

I hope you enjoy the long Labor Day weekend, and we are excited to embark on this new chapter of the GLPS learning journey along with you. As always, #proudtobeacomet

Bill Barnes, Ed.D.

 

Student & Family Planning Guide, part 3

 

 

Student & Family Planning Guide, part 2 -- August 28, 2020


Grand Ledge Public School Families & Students,

The first day of school -- September 8 -- keeps getting closer, and teachers and staff of GLPS are excited to begin working with our students.  Teachers are working hard doing professional development to get ready for this unique start to the school year, and school staff are making every effort to create a good experience for students and families.

As promised, we are sharing more today -- you can view the second part of the Student & Family Planning Guide at GLcomets.net/Guide2.  The guide is designed to provide a framework for the remote learning beginning this fall and to help students and families plan for the start of school.  It includes some information about consistent essential learning and the Buzz learning management system as well as the dates and times for informational webinars for families.  We expect many people to attend and will not be able to answer live questions. However, please submit questions ahead of time at GLcomets.net/Questions, and we will do our best to answer them in the informational webinars or follow up with you later. 

Again, I know that school starting remotely creates additional hardships on families, and the school district continues to look for solutions to help relieve as many as we can. We continue to work hard to provide the best educational experience possible under these circumstances.

Thank you for your attention, concern, and continued emphasis on helping us make the experience as meaningful as possible for our kids. As always, #proudtobeacomet.

Bill Barnes, Ed.D.


Student & Family Planning Guide, part 2

 

 

Student & Family Planning Guide, part 1 -- August 21, 2020


Grand Ledge Public School Families & Students,

The first day of school (Sep. 8) is only 18 days away, and the teachers and staff of GLPS are excited to welcome students back to school and learning!  

After weeks of work behind the scenes, we are now ready to share some more information about our off-site, distance learning start to the school year.  Today, we are sharing the first part of a Student & Family Planning Guide.  This guide is designed to provide a framework for the remote learning beginning this fall and to help students and families plan for the start of school.  You can view the first part of the Student & Family Planning Guide at GLcomets.net/Guide.

More information will be coming.  The second part of the Student & Family Planning Guide will include more details about Buzz -- the online learning management system that all students will be using as the starting point to their school day -- and other digital tools students will be using during distance learning.  It will also include an invitation to virtual parent information meetings about accessing these resources.  I will have the next part of the planning guide and the meeting invitation to you by next Friday, August 28.

I know that school starting remotely creates additional hardships on families, and the school district is looking for solutions to help relieve as many as we can.  District administrators, principals, teachers, and staff continue to problem-solve the concerns expressed in public comments made at the August 3rd school board meeting. I hope you see some of that flexibility built into the plan we are sharing today. I know it does not meet everyone’s needs, but we continue to work hard to provide the best educational experience possible under these circumstances.

So as you prepare for the start of school, be assured that the teachers and staff of Grand Ledge Public Schools are doing the same.  In the upcoming days, you will be hearing from your school building’s principal, teachers, and staff.  Thank you for your attention, concern, and continued emphasis on helping us make the experience as meaningful as possible for our kids. As always, #proudtobeacomet.

Bill Barnes, Ed.D.


Student & Family Planning Guide, part 1

 

 

Student Technology Request Form -- August 13, 2020


Link to Student Technology Request Form
If you are unable to complete this form online, please contact the Technology Office at 517-925-5444

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8...  does your student need a device or high-speed internet access for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year? If so, please complete the Student Technology Request Form at GLcomets.net/TechRequest.  This form can be used to request technology devices for a specific student and/or Internet Access for the household. Please complete this form for each student who needs a device and one student per household for Internet Access.  If you are unable to complete the form online, please call the Technology Office at 517-925-5444.

Here are some important excerpts from the full Device Agreement located at:
https://www.glcomets.net/downloads/technology_services/2020-2021_device_agreement__handbook.pdf

...taking home a device, families agree to assume the risk of loss and damage to the device and related accessories. Parents/Guardians may be responsible for repair or replacement of the device in the event of loss or damage.

Chromebook replacement cost is approximately $225 and includes the Chromebook, charger, and case.

iPad replacement cost is approximately $450 and includes the iPad, charger, and case.

In the event of damage, the family will be responsible for up to $50 for the first incident, up to $100 for the second incident, and the full cost of repair or replacement whichever is less for additional incidents.

In the event of a loss (other than theft), the family will be responsible for the replacement cost. ...

Tentatively, devices will be distributed from August 31 to September 4.

 

 

2020-2021 COVID-19 Preparedness Plan -- August 10, 2020

PDF Document2020-2021 COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan (pdf)

Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-142 required the Board of Education of Grand Ledge Public Schools to approve a COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan, and it did so at its August 10, 2020 meeting.

 

 

Starting School Year with Off-site, Distance Learning -- August 7, 2020

PDF DocumentLetter to Community - Starting School Year with Off-site, Distance Learning -- August 7, 2020 (pdf)

 

 

Administration Presentation to School Board -- August 3, 2020

PDF DocumentAdministration Presentation to School Board -- August 3, 2020 (pdf)

The Board of Education voted to approve the recommended motion at its August 3, 2020 meeting, so Grand Ledge Public Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year with off-site, distance learning

Administration Presentation to School Board on August 3, 2020

 

 

Email about Two Options Email -- July 16, 2020

PDF DocumentEmail about Two Options Email -- July 16, 2020 (pdf)

This plan to offer two options changed on August 3, 2020; Grand Ledge Public Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year with off-site, distance learning.

Two Options Flyer -- July 16, 2020

PDF DocumentTwo Options Flyer -- July 16, 2020 (pdf)

This plan to offer two options changed on August 3, 2020; Grand Ledge Public Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year with off-site, distance learning.

 

 

Letter to Community -- July 14, 2020

PDF DocumentLetter to Community from Interim Superintendent -- July 14, 2020 (pdf)

This plan to offer two options changed on August 3, 2020; Grand Ledge Public Schools will begin the 2020-2021 school year with off-site, distance learning.

interim superintendent letter

 

 

 

FAQ for Return to Learn Plan

 

"I do not have internet access. What do I do?" or "What internet access options are there?"

Link to Student Technology Request Form
If you are unable to complete this form online, please contact the Technology Office at 517-925-5444

The GLPS Technology Department sent an email and text to families on August 13, 2020. It directed people to the online Student Technology Request Form at GLcomets.net/TechRequest if a student needs high-speed internet access or a device.  This form can be used to request technology devices for a specific student and/or Internet Access for the household. Please complete this form for each student who needs a device and one student per household for Internet Access.  If you are unable to complete the form online, please call the Technology Office at 517-925-5444.

Here are some important excerpts from the full Device Agreement located at:
https://www.glcomets.net/downloads/technology_services/2020-2021_device_agreement__handbook.pdf

...taking home a device, families agree to assume the risk of loss and damage to the device and related accessories. Parents/Guardians may be responsible for repair or replacement of the device in the event of loss or damage.

Chromebook replacement cost is approximately $225 and includes the Chromebook, charger, and case.

iPad replacement cost is approximately $450 and includes the iPad, charger, and case.

In the event of damage, the family will be responsible for up to $50 for the first incident, up to $100 for the second incident, and the full cost of repair or replacement whichever is less for additional incidents.

In the event of a loss (other than theft), the family will be responsible for the replacement cost. ...

Tentatively, devices will be distributed from August 31, 2020 to September 4, 2020.  The Technology Department will be in touch with families with the specifics of distribution.

Also, there is still FREE WiFi access in school parking lots -- Grand Ledge Public Schools has increased its WiFi capacity, and we are boosting the WIFI in parking lots at the High School, Delta Center Elementary, Wacousta Elementary, and Hayes Middle School, so that a student may be able to connect to our internet – while in a car, not exposed to any other students or adults.

More FREE WiFi Hotspot Access -- Xfinity WiFi hotspots in out-of-home locations will be available for FREE to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity Internet customers, to keep our communities connected with their friends and family.  Xfinity WiFi hotspots located both indoors and outdoors in places like shopping districts, parks, businesses, and train stations will be open. Hotspots located in customers’ homes are not opened to the public. You can find the exact hotspot locations at xfinity.com/wifi/#find-a-hotspot.

The state of Michigan has information: Michigan Home Internet Options* for the Economically Disadvantaged.

EveryoneOn.org can help you find low-cost internet and affordable computers in your area.

 

 

"May I borrow a device for my student to learn online?"

Link to Student Technology Request Form
If you are unable to complete this form online, please contact the Technology Office at 517-925-5444

The GLPS Technology Department sent an email and text to families on August 13, 2020. It directed people to the online Student Technology Request Form at GLcomets.net/TechRequest if a student needs a device or high-speed internet access.  This form can be used to request technology devices for a specific student and/or Internet Access for the household. Please complete this form for each student who needs a device and one student per household for Internet Access.  If you are unable to complete the form online, please call the Technology Office at 517-925-5444.

Here are some important excerpts from the full Device Agreement located at:
https://www.glcomets.net/downloads/technology_services/2020-2021_device_agreement__handbook.pdf

...taking home a device, families agree to assume the risk of loss and damage to the device and related accessories. Parents/Guardians may be responsible for repair or replacement of the device in the event of loss or damage.

Chromebook replacement cost is approximately $225 and includes the Chromebook, charger, and case.

iPad replacement cost is approximately $450 and includes the iPad, charger, and case.

In the event of damage, the family will be responsible for up to $50 for the first incident, up to $100 for the second incident, and the full cost of repair or replacement whichever is less for additional incidents.

In the event of a loss (other than theft), the family will be responsible for the replacement cost. ...

Tentatively, devices will be distributed from August 31, 2020 to September 4, 2020.  The Technology Department will be in touch with families with the specifics of distribution.