Dear SSCPS Families,
For new families, welcome! For returning families, welcome back!
While only a component of our Reopening Plan, technology is playing a larger role in your child's education during the 2020-2021 academic year. I am hoping this letter will answer some of your questions and help get the year started for you and your children attending SSCPS. All of this information can also be found on our school website (https://www.sscps.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=461078&type=d).
A quick synopsis of what to expect is:
A little more details follow on each topic. I also encourage you to go to sscps.org, click on "Families" at the top, and look through the information posted, especially the Tech Resources.
PlusPortals is used to communicate classwork and grading. Please use your parent account; students will receive their own account and are expected to use it at school and at home. PlusPortals does require a pretty secure password that contains uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and numbers. If you think your child is likely to forget this password, feel free to email it to their teachers. We already have a secure place to keep this information.
If your activation email has expired, you can call the school or email firstname.lastname@example.org for another activation email. You can also contact us to add an additional parent/guardian. If your student(s) have forgotten their password, teachers are the best person to contact to make sure that the education process is not interrupted.
All students K - 12 will get their own Google Account. This account is used for their Chromebook, and all of Google Suite (including Classroom, Meet, GMail, Calendar, Keep, etc.). Returning students should know their account name. If they do not, the best contact during the year is their teacher. You can also email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding passwords, the younger students (K - 2) will use Clever Badges; please contact your Pod teacher once the year has started. Students 3 - 12 are expected to remember their own password to use at school and at home. If you think your child is likely to forget this password, feel free to email it to their teachers. We already have a secure place to keep this information.
Each student will receive an 11" Chromebook. Due to shortages and upgrades throughout the years, there are different models. All models have a headphone/mic combo port (similar to many smartphones) as well as support Bluetooth headsets. Will be emailing about our plan to deal with shortages in the next few days.
We will be using Schoolpass.com for morning wellness checks before arrival as well as coordinating carlines during dismissal. Schoolpass.com provides apps for iPhones and Android phones.
Each morning, before you drop off your student(s), you will need to submit a wellness check for each student through Schoolpass.com.
During dismissal, there will still be adults involved. Schoolpass.com allows SSCPS to coordinate cars as they come onto campus, get students to their carline, and maintain safety practices throughout the process.
Additional information will be provided in the near future.
We know this, as well as everything else, is a lot of information to digest. If you lose this email, please look for Tech Resources under Families on sscps.org. To make sure education is not interrupted, our teachers are also a good person to contact. You can always use email@example.com for technical issues as well.
And always feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.
Ralph (a/k/a Rio)
Dear SSCPS Families,
I wanted to email our Level I and Level II families to clarify Google Account information and PlusPortal information.
All returning students in grades 1 through 3 will receive their Google Account information from their Pod Teacher. The default password is still "sscps123". This first week that the teachers are back is very busy. Please be patient.
Also, no students in grades K through 4 will have email on their Google Account. They will still be able to use their account to log into Classroom, Drive, Meet, etc.
At this point in time, we do not use PlusPortals with students in grades K through 4. Parents do not use PlusPortals either. Any information on the new student account PDFs was left in error.
Ralph (a/k/a Rio)
Director Of Technology
South Shore Charter Public School
781-982-4202 ext. 111