Updated 05/21/2020

05/21/20 Important Info section:
• Summer School Info & Application
• BCPS Calendar as of May 18, 2020
• Broward County Openings
• Cell phone reimbursements for itinerant teachers
• Adding a Baby to your medical plan and insuring children

05/15/20 Important Info section:
• End of Year Procedures

Important Info

Summer School

Deadline for applying is May 26th.     VIEW INFO & APPLICATION

BCPS Calendar as of May 18, 2020

This week-by-week snapshot of the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year includes the current schedule for issuing report cards and interim reports and a link to the BCPS High School Graduation (Virtual) Schedule As of May 18, there were 16 calendar days, and 11 instructional days, remaining in the 2019/20 school year. View

Cell phone reimbursements for itinerant teachers

Cell Phone Reimbursements for eligible itinerant teachers are now being processed for the 2019 – 2020 school year. VIEW

Adding a Baby to your medical plan and insuring children

There is NO thirty (30) day free coverage period available on any of the District's plans. You may only permanently ADD your baby to your plan. READ MORE

For other options to insure your children: https://www.healthykids.org/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/

Broward County Openings

Mayor Dale Holness shares the lastest information on what's open and what's not. 

End of Year Procedures

Although BTU has asked the District to announce a District-wide plan, the Superintendent informed us that decisions and protocols are being left up to each individual principal. It is important to note that if you do not feel safe with the procedures established for your school, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO, but you do need to let the admin know so they can make alternative plans    READ MORE

NEA Webinars Schedule for
Week of May 18

This week brings a new session to cover Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Income Protection and Hospital Insurance.  Also, this week’s special guest is Daniel Rey from Voyage Retirement Solutions, he will be present for another Retirement Workshop, members can bring their questions and we will have their answer Also, NEA will be continuing the Budget workshop and Student Debt Navigation. VIEW SCHEDULE

Explanation of Raises, Best & Brightest on Checks

EPs and ESPs will be receiving their new salary, their retroactive raise (from July 1), their Best and Brightes Bonuses (if eligible) and their one time adjustment of referendum increase on this week's check. For an explanation, click your unit:  EP    ESP

Teacher Supply
Money Reimbursent

Did you collect all of the money you were entitled to for the Teacher Supply Money Reimbursement? If not, even the deadline passed, you have one last chance to do so. This DRAFT of an email explains the process.   VIEW INSTRUCTIONS

NEA Webinars Schedule for
Week of May 11

Continuing Week 2 of the NEA Laptop Series, the session of the week will be the highly requested Retirement Planning, Principles of Investing and Understanding Markets session Monday, May 11th at 4pm. Also, NEA will be continuing the Budget workshops, Student Debt Navigation and Auto Buying. VIEW SCHEDULE

Broward Food Distribution
Week of May 11

Coordinating with Feeding America, Feeding Florida, government agencies, school districts, county government and local community partners to strategically deploy food resources, Feeding South Florida is distributing food to those in need. VIEW LIST

Guidelines for Communicating with Students.

The Florida Education Association offers guidelines communicating with students:

• Common Sense Guidelines Using Social Media   View Suggestions
• Protect Your Privacy if Using "Google Voice"   Learn More
• Why You Should NOT Text Your Students   Learn Why

NEA Webinars Week of May 4

NEA has polled members around the country, and all have been clear that they are interested in hearing more about Budgeting & Personal Finance, Retirement, as well as continued Student Loan Forgiveness sessions. So, NEA has developed a host of Zoom classes for you to enjoy during the week of May 4, 2020. Read More

Status of Parks reopened in Broward.

Broward County has reopened some parks. Be sure to maintain social distancing and all of the good safety habits. View List of Parks
Proper Usage of Face Masks

Courtesy of the City of Fort Lauderdale, this flyer shows the proper usage of face masks. View Flyer.
BCPS Calendar as of April 27, 2020

This is the expected BCPS Calendar through the end of the current school year as of April 27. It is subject to change. View
NEA COVID-19 Response Grants

In response to educators’ immediate and emerging needs, the NEA Foundation is offering three new grant opportunities to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on teaching and learning. Read More
Teaching w/ Technology
Best Practices to Take Care of Ourselves and Our Students

Here are some helpful tips from your colleagues at FEA, who are working to provide you with supportive information and tips to keep yourself not only informed, but also healthy and in good standing with your district and students. Read More
Food Distribution Schedule

Drive through food distribution are available thanks to "Feeding South Florida." This list is updated daily at www.feedingsouthflorida.org/covid19. Dates, times, and locations may change. Food is distributed first come, first served while supplies last.

COVID-19 Testing

Need a Test? Broward Health is offering COVID-19 Testing More Info
Self Care: How to Practice? How do make time for it?

Self-care refers to activities and practices that can help you to reduce your stress and enhance your overall well-being. Everyone deals with stress differently and everyone's preference for practicing self- care is different as well. Read More
Know Someone Looking for a Job?

Many of our friends and family have lost their jobs. FedEx, Home Depot and others are hiring. See List

Technical Support Line for Students, Parents and Staff

As part of Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) commitment to supporting families and employees engaging in distance learning, the District has established a dedicated technical support line to assist with computer-related issues and needs. Call 754-321-0569 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. More Info
BCPS Calendar as of April 6, 2020

This is the expected BCPS Calendar through the end of the current school year as of April 6. It is subject to change. View
Employee Rights Under ADA During Pandemic

Generally, the ADA prohibits disability-related inquiries (like asking employees what medications they take) or medical examinations (like taking an employee’s temperature) for all employees. Employers can make these inquiries when there is a “direct threat” to the workplace. The ADA also prohibits excluding individuals with disabilities from the workplace for health or safety reasons unless they pose a “direct threat” to the workplace. Read More

PRE-K to receive
Best & Brightest

Thanks to perseverance and innovative negotiating, BTU has achieved a big win for all pre-K teachers and ESPs. President Fusco successfully convinced the District to find money to include pre-K teachers and ESPs in the Best & Brightest MOU that teachers and ESPs will be voting on during the April 13-15 ratification voting. Read More

What are Principals Being Told?

Here's what the District is telling Principal's (Portions in red are new) View
Broward County
Emergency Order

Directing Shelter-in-Place: Safer at Home Read Order
Do NOT Report
to Schools

Your admin can NOT require you to report to your site, nor do you need to feel pressured to report "voluntarily". Keep yourself Safe. READ MORE
CARES Act - Unemployment
The CARES Act is federal legislation enacted on March 27, 2020 that, among other things, temporarily enhances unemployment benefits and makes benefits available for individuals who would not otherwise be eligible READ: CARES ACT IN FLORIDA

CARES Act Summary as it relates to Education
The U.S. Senate on March 25 passed the $2-trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help stabilize workers, families, and the economy during the COVID-19 public health crisis. The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday, March 27.  READ SUMMARY FROM NEA

Broward County Closures

Broward County issued an Executive Order on the closures in Broward County to help control the spread of Coronavirus as of 03/23/20  READ ORDER

DOE FAQ Information about schools from the Department of Education DOE FAQ

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Both the US House and Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201. It provides for free testing , paid emergency, family and medical leave, and more.   MORE INFO

Online Instruction (including Canvas)

Free Online Resources for Educators, Parents, and Students from AFT

This new resource list features free online tools for both educators and parents. From free online communication tools, like Zoom, or free online classes from Scholastic, AFT broke down their recommendations by age group and topic to make it easy to find something for everyone. As you explore each resource, you will receive instructions on how to directly access the free resources now, or find thousands of free lessons already added to "Share My Lesson". EXPLORE RESOURCES

MTSS/RtI Virtual Learning Input Flowchart & Form

This flowchart should be used along with the MTSS/RtI Virtual Learning Input form to navigate the Response to Intervention (RtI) process in a virtual learning environment. CPS Teams are directed to use the District’s MTSS/RtI Virtual Learning Input form.
VIEW FLOWCHART (pdf)           DOWNLOAD FORM (doc)
Distance Learning Support for Teachers

A list of Distance Learning support contacts and courses. VIEW INFO
Making Phone Calls
Through Teams

Teams facilitates making phone calls through Teams instead of using your cell phone. MORE INFO
Guidance on Grading
Guidance from the District for teachers and administrators on grading assignments, completing interim reports, entering fourth quarter grades, the role of final exams and End-Of-Course examinations for secondary teachers, determination of final grades, and determination of promotion or retention. MORE INFO

Attendance Update

BCPS update on Student Engagement, as a "Proxy for Attendance", during remote learning. Read More
Innovative Learning Webinars
BCPS Innovative Learning will be providing informational webinars the week of April 20, 2020 – April 24, 2020 on a variety of topics to assist you with your online instruction. VIEW SCHEDULE

Distance Learning Teacher Guidelines

Broward County Public Schools has created a Distance Learning Teacher Guidelines manual. VIEW GUIDELINES

Completing TDLPs
in EdPlan

Revised TDLP

Changes Made to TDLP

Temporary Distance Learning Plan

Temporary Distance Learning Plans (TDLPs) can be entered in EdPlan! Step-by-step written instructions to memorialize the TDLP in EdPlan can be VIEWED HERE. A list of time stamped markers for each of the topics and a link to the training video are included in a memo. VIEW MEMO

The programmers at EdPlan were able to create a process that will simplify the steps for documenting the Temporary Distance Learning Plan (TDLP). The components of the plan remain consistent, so no additional training is necessary. VIEW REVISIONS

Exceptional Student Learning Support announced that everyone should discontinue the use of the new TDLP form. A more efficient system was been devised and will be implemented soon. Assistance for conversion of completed forms will be announced.READ MORE

Beginning the week of April 6, 2020, school-based staff will be trained in completing a Temporary Distance Learning Plan (TDLP) for all students identified as a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The following is information, etc. related to TDLPs.

• Info e-mail from Daniel Gohl, Chief Accademic Officer

Temporary Distance Learning Plan Form (discontinued)

• Parent letter from Daniel Gohl

• Instructions: How to Share your Folder with Temporary Distance Learning Plans

• Instructions: How to change the default PDF program to Adobe Acrobat Reader

ESE Advisory Letter
The Broward ESE Advisory Council shares their "Statement on Distance Learning" expressing concerns about the ESE population. Read Letter

Special Program Classrooms and Students with Complex Disabilities

ESE Teachers: Contact individual families to share about remote learning opportunities designed to meet the needs of your students and families. Schedule individual time with students and families to address specialized needs and collaborate on IEP goals. Additional information and support for special program teachers and remote instructional resources can be found on canvas at:

Including students instructed on Access points

Supporting Students with ASD

Secondary Behavior Course

Parent Resource for Students with complex needs in grades K-5

Parent Resource for Students with complex needs in Middle School

Parent Resource for Students with complex needs in High School

Bilingual/ESOL Services

Bilingual/ESOL services are delivered both by the general education teacher and the school/District support personnel. District documents are being published in Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, and Arabic. Families that read languages other than English are strongly encouraged to use Google Chrome as their browser and install the Chrome Translate extension. Instructions on this, and other Bilingual/ESOL supports are at: browardschools.instructure.com/courses/411/pages/bilingual-slash-esol-resources?module_item_id=22457486

Free Access to Time Journalism for High School

The New York Times and Verizon are giving every high school in the U.S. (teachers and students) free digital access to Times journalism through July 6. To learn more, please visit nytimes.com/highschoolaccess.
Student Privacy Resources for
Distance Learning

As we shift to more virtual and distance-learning structures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that educators understand how privacy laws impact educators in this new environment. View

Parent Help with
about Canvas

The BCPS Parent Information Hub for is designed to provide parents with information about BCPS digital initiatives. View

Additional information and for parents supporting their learners from Pre-K through Secondary can be found here.

Play Together, Learn Together
(Ages 3-5)

In this packet, families and caregivers can find suggested At Home Learning Activities for Ages 3-5 across the content areas of writing, reading, math, science, social studies, social emotional development, gross and fine motor, and technology that can be implemented with every day materials found in the home. View

Families should consider visiting the Supporting Young Learners open Canvas course at http://bit.ly/SupportingYoungLearners to access resources.

Pre-K Suggested Daily Schedules

These schedule are being provided as suggested samples that can be utilized for Pre-K providing remote instruction and family supports virtually.

2019-2020 Head Start/VPK Virtual Teaching and Family Supports View

2019-2020 PreK ESE Teaching and Family Supports View

Need Help with VPN?

Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology enables remote users to securely connect to the Broward County Public Schools network. VPN Instructions.

Five Tips to Get the Most Out of the BCPS Virtual Private Network (VPN) View

Teaching with Technology
Best Practices

It’s hard to know what to do and what not to do regarding distance learning and posting on social media during the extended school break. Here are some helpful tips from your colleagues at FEA. View

Video Conference
with Students

No, You Don't Have to Video Chat with Students.confirmed that your principal CANNOT mandate video chatting! It is a CHOICE. (Both Teams and Zoom support other forms of communication without video chats.) Read more

Exceptional Student Learning Guide
The Exceptional Student Learning Support (ESLS) Division created Exceptional Student Learning Support - Pre-K - 12, a guide containing best practices, ideas, and resources for general education and ESE instructional staff (support facilitators, SLPs, special program teachers, and Pre-K ESE teachers).  View/save guide.

Canvas Help
Links including Getting Started webinars, Step-by-Step Guides, On Demand Tutorials, Innovative Learning Facilitators, Online Courses, and Suport from Canvas. View Flyer

One on one help
with Canvas (0418)
Need help with Canvas? Sign up for personal support with Canvas.
Click: https://tinyurl.com/btuvirtualtrainingrequest

Need Help with Canvas?
The following online course are offered to assist you:
  In addition, if you are interested in virtual help setting up a Canvas course, you can request it by completing this form

Early Childhood
Head Start, VPK, Early Head Start, PreK ESLS, and Other Programs worked together to develop and share a common set of resources for all our BCPS early childhood teachers. 

This includes an ECE Canvas Course where teachers can:
  • Access Instructional Resources for Family Communications and Sharing
  • Collaborate with District Early Childhood District Teams & Teachers through Focused Discussions
  • Find Professional Learning Opportunities for Continued Learning
  • Access Program Specific Curriculum Resource

We also developed family focused hands-on at-home tools posted in collaboration with Elementary Learning on the Supporting Young Learners Course, on the Early Learning Website, and in the Canvas Course.  MORE INFO

Additional information and support for early childhood education teachers and remote instruction can be found at: browardschools.instructure.com/enroll/GPBEBW


Microsoft Teams is a good collaboration tool.   QUICK START GUIDE
Add a Canvas Module to Your Online Classroom
  1. Go to Commons (half circle with the arrow)
  2. Type, “target lesson keyword”
  3. Filter to your grade only, if it says all grades, you have to review the content to make sure it is at the appropriate grade level
  4. Choose a lesson by clicking on the name of the lesson
  5. On the right side there will be an import/download button
  6.  Click ONLY the class that will be using the modules. The more classes that you choose, the longer the transfer will take.
  7. File will download, bigger modules will take longer.  They will either go to Assignments or Modules
  8. Find the module, change it or publish it.  Once you publish it, the kids will have access to it unless you set it to be assigned at a future date.
Certification deadlines have been externded. READ MORE. In addition, FEA has some great certification information: feaweb.org/covid19/qa-for-florida-students-parents-educators/#qacertification

The District shared these steps for Certificate Renewal

The State has committed to provide opportunities for anyone to meet all testing requirements for teacher certification, including General Knowledge, Professional Education and Subject Area Examinations, OR to retake examinations not previously passed, all free of charge.

Evaluations for this year
FROM THE DOE: For the 2019-2020 school year, statewide assessments have been cancelled. This cancellation will impact the ability to calculate Florida’s Value-Added Model (VAM) as well as provide statewide data that many districts use to calculate the student performance component of some annual teacher evaluations.

For teachers who have not had their classroom observation completed, the implementation of instructional continuity plans may make meeting the observation requirement difficult to achieve. As a result, annual evaluations required under section 1012.34, F.S. are waived for the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, because teachers on annual contract who are on the performance salary schedule will not have evaluation results on which to base annual increases, the provisions in 1012.22, F.S. related to this requirement are waived.

This gives districts the flexibility to determine how they will calculate a teachers annual salary increases locally. The determination of how districts meet the differentiated pay component will be determined locally.

Employees Being Paid
All units will continue to be paid through the end of the school year, including during the closure, which is currently scheduled through at least April 15.
Extending School Year
There are currently no plans to extend the school year, but that can change depending on the course of the virus and the length of school closures.
Remote Instruction Begins on March 30
ALL classroom teachers, including specials teachers, are expected to be offering remote instruction for all classes starting Monday, March 30. The expectation is that all teachers who teach pre-K through grade 12 classes will provide instruction via distance learning to their students.
Remote Instruction Expectations
When work resumes on March 30 and through the end of the school year, teachers will be required to take attendance, provide instruction, grade assignments and record grades.

Non-Classroom Teachers Expectations

Non-classroom teachers, such as guidance counselors, social workers, and math and reading coaches, will be expected to help classroom teachers with students who are having difficulty using CANVAS, are not reporting for class, or need help gathering their assignments; and to assist individual teachers and students with concerns.
Communications Tools
In addition to Canvas, there are many options for communicating with students, including Skype, Yammer, Zoom, and setting up a Google Phone account (so individual cell phone numbers do not need to be shared.)
Asked by Principal to
Report to School?
If your principal asks you to report to the school to assist with distribution of laptops or any other reason, you may decline if you choose to due to health concerns. Participation is strictly voluntary.