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Digital Learning Options

Last Updated: 8/26/2020 5:19 PM


Joy Silk
Supervisor, Digital Learning

Dr. Amanda Ruiz
Coordinator, Student Academic Services

CCSD has created two models for the Reopening of School Plan including a Traditional In-Person Model and Digital Learning Model. Parents/guardians have the opportunity to select the return to school plan that works best for their family during the continued COVID-19 pandemic.  

Digital Learning Model (Full-Time Digital Students)
The Digital Learning Model will be staffed by CCSD teachers who will provide content via CANVAS, our Learning Management System, or through our selected vendor for instructional content for Grades 6-12, APEX.  Students and staff will be expected to maintain a traditional work schedule for assignments, on-line meetings, and support.  Programming and student services will be scheduled to the extent possible.

Elementary Schools: Elementary school students participating in Digital Learning will be assigned a teacher who will serve for the entirety of the regular school day. Digital teachers will be covering Georgia Priority Standards and utilizing CANVAS. Students will be expected to attend scheduled digital classes, complete assigned work, and be an active participant in the digital learning environment. Specialized services such as Special Education, Gifted, ESOL and EIP will be delivered in the virtual learning environment but may require adjusted delivery models.  More information regarding daily schedule expectations for students can be found below in Grades K-2 Daily Schedule Expectations: Teacher and Student and  Grades 3-5 Daily Schedule Expectations. 

K-2 Student Schedule

3-5 Student Schedule

Middle/High School: Middle and high school students will have CCSD Digital Learning teachers.  All online classroom instruction will utilize a combination of independent online work by the student and various real-time instructional opportunities including remediation and tutoring support with the dedicated CCSD teacher.  The amount of real-time instruction will vary based upon the content being taught, as well as the grade level, age and need of the individual student. Students who select the digital learning model will be enrolled in APEX and/or Georgia Virtual School (GAVS) courses. The Digital Learning Course Catalog can be reviewed in (Appendix H).  A certified teacher will be assigned to ensure that each student is making progress in order to complete course work in a timely manner and to provide instruction and remediation as needed. Counselors will be available to assist students with course selections.  More information regarding daily schedule expectations for students can be found below in Grades 6-8 Daily Schedule Expectations and  Grades 9-12 Daily Schedule Expectations. 

6-8 Student Schedule

9-12 Student Schedule


Credit Recovery 

When considering credit recovery opportunities, it is essential that the student consult with their guidance counselor to better understand the options that are available along with the impact these options may have on high school credits and graduation.  Each High School offers credit recovery during the traditional day, before school, after school or during the summer school session.

Please speak with your school counselor for more information on Credit Recovery opportunities.  The student/parent must complete the Apex approval form (please see your counselor or Apex instructor). Failure to turn in a prior approval form to your school counselor will result in any course taken on-line to not be approved for credit in Cherokee County. Please contact your counselor if you have questions.

Other Online Providers: Our recommendation is for students to recover credits through the Cherokee County School District (during the school year or summer session).  Always make sure that the course you are taking will fulfill the necessary requirements for high school credit and graduation.  If you choose to explore other providers for your credit recovery needs, the student must first meet with their school counselor to discuss plans for recovery and complete the On-Line Course Approval Form (see counselor for more information).  Bring the On-Line Course Approval Form and the course description from the institution you have chosen to your counselor as soon as possible. Failure to fill out this form in advance (with the proper school approval) and meet with your counselor will result in the course being denied for credit.

Note:  Your counselor can assist in scheduling a course to be retaken with a teacher during the regular school day.  Teacher taught classes are also available during the summer sessions.  Please consult the school calendar and your counselor for more details.  The ability to retake a course through a teacher taught setting typically allows for a depth of knowledge and skill that are usually fostered through the working relationship between the student and teacher.