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1:1 Chromebook InitiativePosted by Butts County School System on 7/15/2021 8:00:00 AM
I hope that everyone is enjoying a safe and productive summer. Our staff has been hard at work preparing for another fantastic year in BCSS. We are especially excited about the opportunity to provide Chromebook devices for our students to enhance learning experiences across the district. As you can imagine, educational resources and content are increasingly available online and/or in a digital format. Additionally, our students have conveyed their preference for having devices available to them both at school and while away from campus.
Thus, students in grades three through twelve will receive personal learning devices soon after the start of the new school year. Students will be assigned a device that they will keep for the duration of their experience in elementary school, middle school, and high school. For example, each student will be issued a device in third grade and will maintain possession of the device through fifth grade. At the conclusion of fifth grade, students will return the device and receive another one at the start of sixth grade. They will maintain the same device throughout middle school and receive another device upon enrollment at JHS. Students in Kindergarten through Second grade will have devices to use while at school; however, these devices will primarily remain in the classroom.
Knowing that accidents do sometimes occur, it will be important for us to have an accidental damage protection plan in place. The Butts County School system will partner with families to offer accidental damage protection (ADP) for $15.00 which is due upon receiving the device and will cover the device for the duration of the time a student maintains possession of that specific Chromebook. A new ($15.00) ADP payment will be required as a student transitions from elementary school to middle school and once more when transitioning to high school. If a device is in need of repair due to accidental damage, a loaner device will be issued to a student while the repair is in progress. The ADP fee represents a collaborative partnership between the school and families to encourage students to be careful and responsible stewards of this educational tool.
In preparation for the implementation of this initiative, we invite you to review the information available on our website. This information will also be available at Open House. In order to ensure the success of this initiative, it will be imperative that we partner together to encourage our students to be good digital citizens and responsible stewards to this resource. After reviewing the information and completing the user agreement, we will move forward equipping students with similar information during the first ten days of school. The target date to complete this process is Friday, August 13.
Additionally, for families wishing to complete the check-out process in person, The Butts County School System will be hosting a “Chromebook information session” to assist parents/guardians with specific details pertaining to how to operate Chromebooks and to answer questions you may have pertaining to this initiative. The “Chromebook information sessions”will take place on the following dates:
- August 16th- 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Jackson High School
- August 17th- 5:00- 7:00 PM at Henderson Middle School
- August 19th- 5:30 - 7:00 PM at Daughtry, Jackson, and Stark Elementary
This is an exciting opportunity for our students and teachers to have this resource available for enriching the educational experience. I continue to be amazed at the creativity and the level of comfort our students possess when it comes to maximizing the benefits of technology. This is an important and necessary step in preparing our students to achieve success in a world that is increasingly saturated with digital content and virtual opportunities. However, the computer can never replace the impact of highly skilled and caring professionals, mentors and family members. Instructional Technology or technology in general is just a tool, much like a book, or a microscope, or a protractor. Each of these tools can have limited impact unless accompanied by instruction and guidance from a highly qualified and caring teacher, mentor, or loved one. It’s important to remember that such tools can certainly enhance the delivery of instruction…but it should never replace it.
Again please be sure to peruse the information associated with this initiative by clicking on the link above or by going to our website at www.bcssk12.org
We are convinced that with your support, this initiative will provide our educators and students significant access to the rich world of digital content and a powerful tool to enable students as they demonstrate mastery of learning.
As always, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school. We stand ready to assist. We thank you for your continued support of Butts County Schools.
Dr. Todd Simpson
Butts County School System
Graduation Time ChangePosted by Butts County School System on 5/28/2021
Due to the forecast for scattered thunderstorms this evening, Graduation for the Class of 2021 will be moved up to 7:00 PM this evening. Gates will open at 5:30 PM. The forecast is calling for a line of thunderstorms to be in our area in the evening hours. We hope that by moving the ceremony forward we can avoid inclement weather. We will continue to monitor the forecast as the day goes on and will provide updates as necessary. At the latest, we will make a decision whether to proceed with graduation this evening by 5:00 PM.
If it is unsafe to proceed with graduation this evening at 7:00, Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 29th at 10:00 AM.
Information will be updated on the JHS Website, BCSS website, and social media platforms.
New Principal Named at Daughtry Elementary SchoolPosted by Butts County School System on 5/19/2021
The Butts County Board of Education approved Ms. Tiffany Flanders to be the Principal of Daughtry Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. Ms. Flanders will replace Mr. Brent Watts who is transitioning to a role at Central Office.
Ms. Flanders has served as Assistant Principal of Whit Davis Elementary School in Clarke County, GA for the past four years. Prior to her role as Assistant Principal, Ms. Flanders was an elementary teacher and served as a Head Start Educational Specialist. She holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational
Administration and Policy, and a Bachelors and Masters degree in Early Childhood Education all from the University of Georgia.
“We are excited to have Ms. Flanders and her family join us in Butts County,” said Dr. Todd Simpson, Superintendent. “Ms. Flanders brings a strong instructional background and has demonstrated success in engaging students and staff in innovative instructional practices. She is going to be a tremendous asset to our team.”
Ms. Flanders will officially begin her role as Principal on July 1, 2021.
COVID-19 Status UpdatePosted by Butts County School System on 4/30/2021
I am writing to provide you with an update on our response and mitigation measures related to COVID-19. We continue to monitor our community transmission data as well as the data for transmission at the school-level. Additionally, we are aware that new recommendations are coming out frequently as the body of research continues to build pertaining to how the virus is being transmitted in communities and in schools.
In summary, our data continues to improve. We are seeing very low levels of transmission, and researchers are developing additional confidence in the safety of individuals in outdoor settings and the effectiveness of vaccines. However, It is certainly important to recognize that COVID-19 remains a public health concern.
I am certainly aware of the eagerness we all feel about getting back to normal and abandoning the mitigation measure we have adopted this year. Specifically, as it relates to the use of face-coverings and school activities.
Based on the aforementioned factors, we will move forward with the following flexibility:
- The use of face-coverings in outdoor settings for students and staff will become optional effectively immediately. However, please know that we will be prepared to reinstate the use of face coverings in all settings should it become necessary.
- The use of face coverings on school busses will become optional as long as all windows are down and capacity of the bus is under the maximum number such that passengers can achieve adequate social distancing.
- Elementary schools are developing schedules that will allow students to have increased access to the playground on a more regular basis.
- We will seek to optimize more opportunities for students to remove their face coverings while at school when it is appropriate and safe to do so.
- We are taking steps to ensure that we can proceed with end of the year activities in a safe manner.
As always, the health and safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance. I can not thank you enough for the dedication and flexibility you all have shown during this unprecedented school year. We will continue to use all of our resources to provide you with on-going support during this unique and challenging time.