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  • bus Bus Transportation for Face-to-Face Students

    If your child is returning for face-to-face instruction and you chose bus transportation, please review the  Bus Stops linked below to find the approximate time the bus will arrive each morning and afternoon.

    Your child will need to 

    • wear a mask
    • maintain social distance
    • sit in the assigned seat

     

    Bus 7: Keystone Apts, Stonebrook Apts, Brookhollow, Holly Ridge

     

    Bus 44: Fair Oaks, Phelps Workman, Briarwood, Fieldstone, Quaker Creek Apts, Alexander Point Apts, Foust

     

    Bus 168: Governor’s Green, Copperstone, Rowland 

     

    Bus 346: Tanglewood Apts, McKinley & Second, Holt, Giles, Fitch

     

    Bus 350: Arrowhead, The Flats, Carden Place, Arrowhead Lane, Cedar, Lane, Oakwood, White


     

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  • Re-Entry Information for Students Returning Face-to-Face

    March 1, 2021

    SME Reopening Parent Communication


     

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    On March 1, we will shift to Plan B which means that half of our students will continue to learn remotely (Cohort B) while other students will be learning face-to-face (Cohort A).  

     

    This document provides an overiview of instruction for both Cohort A (Face-to-Face ) and Cohort B (Virtual).

     

     Mar Plan B

     

    Download the plan here


     

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  • Attention, Parents & Guardians!

    Please Read & Take Action!

     

    In preparation for students to return to campus for in-person learning , all parents and guardians of ABSS students must complete a short online form.

     

    This form must be completed prior to March 1 in order for a student to return to the building or ride a bus.

     

     

    ABSS COVID-19 Parent/Guardian Attestation Form


     

     

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    books

    You are now able to access books from the Media Center! 

    Please watch this video Mrs. Timmins has created to learn how to place a book on hold.  Mrs. Timmins will process the requests and have books available for curbside pickup.

    • At the car-rider bleachers from 8:30-11:30am, Tuesday through Thursday in dry weather only, when school is in session
    • At the front door on Wednesday evenings from 4-6pm, in all weather, when school is in session (Mrs. Timmins will post a cell phone on the door for parents to text  when they arrive)

     

    SME Catalog

     


     

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  • Please access Mrs. Royal's FYI presentation that includes celebrations and solutions to uncommon challenges by clicking on the following link.

     Mrs. Royal's Virtual Celebration & FYI

    After viewing Mrs. Royal's message, please access the video from your classroom teacher's Class Dojo Curriculum Based FYI presentation for the 2nd nine weeks.


     

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    after school

     

    Our Third Street Clubhouse Program is now accepting applications for before and after school care.  Please use this link for additional information.  You can complete the online registration form here.


     

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  • apple This video will support you in accessing your child's grades through the Parent Portal.

    Using the Parent Portal-- Standards Based Grading

     


     

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  • SME Tech Corner


     

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     If you experience sound and/or video issues while using Zoom, please follow the steps to update your ChromeBook.  Mrs. Timmins has created a slideshow to support you in this process.  You may also watch this video for the same information.


     

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  • laptop Parent Portal

    Make sure that you claim your account in the Parent Portal.  This will allow you to monitor your child's progress and view progress reports  

    You will need an access code and password.  If you have not claimed your account, Mrs. Rowland will send this information to your email address.  If you do not receive an email, please contact Mrs. Rowland at Majoria_Rowland@abss.k12.nc.us.

     


     

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  • PowerSchool Parent Portal


     

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    resources     

    Linked here, you will find readily available resources to support digital learning at home.  Please access this document for support in troubleshooting technology concerns. 

     

    *Frequently Asked Questions     *Clever     *Google Classroom     *Zoom     *Imagine Learning     *Achieve 3000

     

    After utilizing these resources, if you still have trouble, please call: 

    ABSS Tech Support 336-GET-HELP

    (336-438-4357)

     


     

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    Yos M. Priestley, OD Optometrist, Pediatric Optometrist has provided the following helpful information to support eye health as we continue virtual learning via the computer.

    Dr. Priestly says:

    I’ve been having a lot of discussions with families in my clinic about how to best manage the extended screen time required for remote learning. I thought it might be helpful to share some of the pointers I give my patients, since a lot of us are in the same boat:

     

    Screen Breaks
     Follow the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, have your child look 20 feet away (across the room, out the window) for at least 20 seconds. Our eyes are not built for extended periods of close work - they can fatigue out, or even get locked in a spasm. Taking brief breaks, to relax and reset, can make a big difference!

     

    Position of the Screen
    The screen should be at least your child’s forearm length from their face (have them make a fist - put it up to their nose - screen should be at least as far back as their elbow). The height of the screen should be at, or slightly below, eye level (not above).

     

    Blink!

    It sounds silly - but, remind your children to blink! (Blink, blink, squeeze - is the pattern I recommend.) When we focus on screens/devices our blink rate is reduced by up to 50%. Over a long screen time session, this can lead to symptoms like stinging, redness, tearing, and blurry vision. If your child is having an episode of discomfort - artificial tears (Systane, Refresh, etc) can be helpful as a “rescue”. Avoid Visine or other “get the red out” products.

     


    Screen Brightness
    Check the brightness of your child’s screen and adjust it to match the lighting level in the room. Additionally - if the device your child uses has an option to lower the blue light, you can try adjusting that setting - though available research on the benefits of reducing blue light is mixed.

     

    Anti-Reflective Lenses

    When we discuss getting new glasses for kids, I do highly recommend opting for an anti-reflective coating on the lenses. This coating cuts glare from the screen and improves eye comfort

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  • lap top Computer Care

     

    • To protect your computer, please place it on a table or other stable surface in your learning environment.

     

    • Due to weak internet connections, you may experience gliches when using audio and video.  Turning off your video to speak will help eliminate the gliches.

     

    • If you experience microphone problems, try recording a FlipGrid video to determine if it is a computer issue or a Zoom issue.

     

    • Remove your headphones if you are hearing added background noise.

     

    • If you have an ABSS HotSpot, it should only be used for school purposes.  There is limited data that is quickly used up when gaming.

     

    • Each night, shut down the computer by choosing shut down from the power menu in the bottom left corner.

     

    • Regularly clear the browsing history in Google Chrome:  In the top right corner, choose the 3 vertical dots, choose  More Tools, choose Clear Browsing Data. choose Clear.   You can also press Ctrl + Shift + Delete and then choose Clear.

     

     


     

     

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  • Ident-a-Kid New Guidelines for Visitors

     

    New School Visitor Guidelines 

    Beginning February 1, 2019, ABSS has new guidelines for school visitors.

    View guidelines - English | Spanish


     

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    ABSS Lunch Applications
    Lunch applications are now available online.

     


     

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