Distance Learning FAQ

Last updated 3/30/2020 at 1:10 PM
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Based on Governor Raimondo’s recommendation on March 18th, Barrington Christian Academy will be moving to distance learning beginning Tuesday, March 24th through April 3rd.  Monday, March 23rd will be a teacher preparation day, which will replace April 9th’s Spiritual Renewal Day. At the end of those two weeks, the governor and Rhode Island Department of Education will re-evaluate and see where we are.  It is highly possible, in fact, very likely, that distance learning will be extended beyond these two weeks.

Today, Governor Raimondo has announced that schools will be closed for the month of April (through April 30th) and most likely beyond it, which means the earliest school can resume is Monday, May 4th. However, please note the following days will NOT be school days per recommendation by Gov. Raimondo but will count towards our 180 days of school.

March 30th to April 2nd: We will continue to use the distance learning approach that we launched on March 23rd.
April 3rd: No school. Strategic pause for teacher planning.
April 9th and 10th: Distance Learning “Spring Break”
April 17th: No school. Strategic pause for teacher planning.

BCA is not surprised by this and has been planning for this possibility. We will be sending out detailed communication on the next phase of our distance learning model by Tuesday, March 31st, along with a distance learning survey.

We understand that nothing can take the place of an in-class experience at BCA. However, we can still put that same effort into creating a unique distance learning program that ensures the continuity of education while students have access to their teacher(s) via an online learning model for the foreseeable future.

BCA also needs your support as parents/guardians. We understand that parents/guardians are also under a lot of stress and might be required to work at home while helping your child with distance learning.

Please note that as we move to this full-time distance learning model, some of these procedures may need to be refined. Our goal is to find a balance between being rigid and flexible, while maintaining academic credibility and a sense of community between students.


Parents

We understand that this will be an adjustment for your family, and we are working hard to support you as much as possible. To help facilitate your child’s learning, we

Attendance

  • Email Mrs. Sutton ([email protected]) by 8:30 AM each school day to signal that your student(s) is (are) present for distance learning and have seen their assignments.
  • Mrs. Sutton will NOT call parents/guardians if she doesn’t get an email, and students will be counted as absent.
  • High school students may email Mrs. Sutton directly.

Sample Morning Walk-Through for Elementary School Parent

  1. K-3 Parents should check Bloomz each morning for announcements, videos, assignments, links, etc. You will receive an email with an access code directly from your child’s teacher.
  2. Trailblazers (4th grade) will be using Google Classroom to check for announcements, videos, assignments, links, etc.
  3. Email Mrs. Sutton before 8:30 AM that you have completed these steps and your student is ready to learn.

Sample Morning Walk-Through for Middle and High School Parent

  1. Check the FACTS Family Portal (sometimes called RenWeb) to preview your student’s assignments for the day. If you have forgotten how to login to FACTS Family Portal, please follow this link.
  2. Start with the Lesson Plans section, which shows the details of what the students will be learning and where they will find the materials. Any items that are due need to be turned in by 11:00 PM that day to be considered on time.
  3. Identify any times when your student may be required to participate in a live discussion, so you can allocate your technology resources and schedule your day’s activities around that time.
  4. Email Mrs. Sutton before 8:30 AM that you have completed these steps and your student is ready to learn.

Tech Tutorials

Video #1: How to use FACTS Family Portal to check daily homework
Video #2: Printing Daily Lesson Plans in FACTS Family Portal
Tip Sheet: Organizing Your Student’s Gmail Inbox


Elementary School Distance Learning

  • K-3 Parents should check Bloomz each morning for announcements, videos, assignments, links, etc. You will receive an email with an access code directly from your child’s teacher.
  • Trailblazers (4th grade) will be using Google Classroom to check for announcements, videos, assignments, links, etc.
  • Complete your packets and additional learning activities within the timeframe given by your teacher.  We will follow-up with directions about turning in this work, once we know more about the length of this closure.

Middle and High School Distance Learning

  • Students should login to FACTS Family Portal (formerly called RenWeb) by 8:30 AM each day.  FACTS has your lesson plan and set of assignments. FACTS will direct you to any materials on Google Classroom or other resources.
  • If you forgot how to login to FACTS Family Portal, please follow this link.
  • Make sure you understand the assignments and email your teacher with any questions. Your teachers will be available during their normal teaching hours or communicated “office hours.”  
  • Submit your work on time and by the due date. This will be your teacher’s way of knowing you were “present.”
  • You are expected to check your classes (Google Classroom, email, etc.) regularly until 2:30 PM. If you did not finish the classwork before 2:30, it will be accepted for that day until 11:00 PM without it being late. 
  • Each day’s work will be reasonable and not overwhelming busy work.
  • Students will NOT be given credit for classes if work is not completed and if students do NOT participate in distance learning. 
  • For students that are completing online course work through VHS or Peak, students will need to contact their online teacher regarding expectations. Assignments are still available every week and must be kept up with. These are still considered core classes and needed for graduation.

Technology Requirements

Students in grades 4th and higher will need access to a Chromebook, iPad, laptop, or desktop computer. As a guideline, any device less than the size of a tablet is too small (minimum of 7″ diagonal screen) and not recommended for distance learning. Please fill out this form if you do not have access to a device or reliable internet service, so BCA can help support your learning.

If you forgot how to login to FACTS Family Portal, please follow this link.


As these are unprecedented circumstances we will extend grace to each other. We will do our best to have accurate and clear postings.  We will also be gracious with students’ submissions and grading of work. BCA’s distance learning will be equivalent learning, not equivalent time. We appreciate your flexibility and support!


Finance FAQ

Last updated 3/30/2020 at 1:30 PM

Lunch: With the recent announcement of school being closed through April 30th, at the earliest, BCA will apply credits for unused lunch payments to your FACTS Incidental Expenses account. This credit can be used for future lunch orders.

Tuition: Tuition payments will continue as scheduled. If you have unexpected financial need, please reach out to Michelle Weber via email.


If you do not see an answer to your question, please contact the following people:

* Attendance and Related Questions: Mrs. Sutton
* Distance Learning Questions: Mrs. Zins
* Finance Questions: Mrs. Weber
* Technology Questions: BCA Tech Team