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In accordance with Atlanta Public Schools and the State of Georgia, Wesley will be closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year due to the impact of COVID-19.

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Virtual Learning Grades

Wesley remains sensitive to the challenges our students and families face during this time, including those associated with technology, parents’ ability to support students while working or working from home, and the emotional well-being of our entire community. We have given great consideration to these challenges as we look to draw closure to the end of our school year. 

Prior to Spring Break, we informed parents of our Phase 2 Virtual Learning Plan. Within this plan, we created a schedule that provided flexibility and balance to our families as they navigate these uncertain times. In PYP, teachers are not holding virtual learning hours on Monday, but instruction continues throughout the remainder of the week with the addition of Project-Based Learning on Fridays. In MYP, Fridays are designated remediation days where students can meet with teachers on an as-needed basis.  

Teachers continue to collect and assign grades, however; no student will be penalized for missing assignments or low grades. This year, teachers will calculate each student’s final grade after identifying the higher of the two options below:

Option A: Use the grade as of March 13, 2020 as the semester grade.

Option B: Use the grade as of March 13, 2020 and the virtual learning assignments to calculate the semester grade. 

If students are currently failing, teachers will provide additional remediation and credit recovery support to the student to ensure that the student ends the year on target. A narrative summary of students’ academic progress will accompany all final grade reports. 

Finally, Wesley’s last day of virtual learning will be May 21, 2020. We are awaiting guidance from state and local officials to determine if any changes need to be made to next year’s school calendar. As always, we will continue to keep you informed if there are any additional changes that may impact the instructional program moving forward.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely,
Debbie Satterfield, Ed.D.
PYP Principal

Donald Mason, Ed.D.
MYP Principal

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If you have issues regarding technology, please reach out to Ms. Goodman (PYP) or Dr. Pullen (MYP).

School Closure for Remainder of 2019-20 and Important Update to Distance learning

Governor Kemp’s announced on April 1 that there would be a state-wide closure of all schools for the remainder of the school year. While this is indeed unprecedented and a situation we had hoped would not occur, our team has been preparing for this possibility over the last several weeks. Given our anticipation and subsequent preparation, we have constructed a virtual learning program that affords students the necessary structure of the classroom environment and the flexibility of working at their own pace from home.

You can see our Wesley Parent Guidance for Phase 2 here.

In our preparations, we are also mindful of the new challenges many of our teachers face as they balance professional and personal responsibilities. We also acknowledge that our students do not face equal access to technology nor do they have access to the same resources conducive to academic success. We have done our best to mitigate these circumstances by distributing computers and hotspots to those in need and creating modifications based on individual situations as needed.

We will continue to do all we can to create a structured environment for the students we serve despite these unprecedented times. While we may not be physically present together, we assure you that all of our Wesley leadership, staff, and teachers are here virtually to support our students’ learning during this period of virtual instruction.

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Google Classroom “Cheat Sheet”

In order to ensure that instruction continues and that students have access to online learning materials, we will continue instruction virtually via Google Classroom, including instruction in Chinese and Connections. Here is a “Cheat Sheet” to help you access Google Classroom from home. Video tutorial: Click here.

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Teacher Office Hours

In order to assist students, all teachers will hold virtual office hours at the following times:

PYP (by grade level):

Kindergarten: 9:00 – 9:45
First Grade: 10:00 – 10:45
Second Grade: 11:00 – 11:45
Third Grade: 12:00 – 12:45
Fourth Grade: 1:00 – 1:45
Fifth Grade: 2:00 – 2:45
Chinese: 8:00 – 8:45

Connections: 2:45 – 3:30

MYP (by content):
ELA: 9:00-10:00
Math: 10:00-11:00
Science: 11:00-12:00
Social Studies: 12:00-1:00
Chinese: 1:00-2:00
Connections: 2:00-3:00

Our goal is to ensure that students receive the support they need to complete assignments. Our counselors and administrative staff will be available as well to support students and families with virtual instruction and any other issues that arise.

As we roll out our virtual learning platform, we ask that you work with us through any issues that may arise. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact your teachers and administrators with any questions.

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Comcast Internet Option

Comcast is offering free internet for a two month period. For more information, please click here.

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A Free Ride for Families

United Way in collaboration with Lyft is offering FREE rides for families.  If families contact the 211 division, they can receive a one- time round trip via Lyft to a doctor’s office, food pantry, etc.,

Families should:

  • Dial 2-1-1 via Phone or mobile device 24/7/365. Dial 2-1-1
  • Text your their code & need to 898-211.
  • Download the free 2-1-1 app from your device’s app store (search for 211)
  • Search United Way 211 database online for additional resources.

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