Leon County Digital Academy students: How to get prepared before the first day of school

Parents have a tough choice ahead: Keep kids in school, or enroll them in virtual academy
Posted at 9:53 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 09:53:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — School will look different for roughly 50 percent of Leon County Schools students this year.

Starting Monday, August 31, public schools will start in Leon County with roughly 15,000 students returning to campuses for in-person instruction and 15,000 students beginning school online.

For those who will start school online, there are some things to do to help make the transition to online-learning as smooth as possible.

Before you get started, make sure that you've registered for your school's Digital Academy through Focus. To register, you will need a parent FOCUS account linked to your children. If you do NOT have a parent account, you can create your account and link your children by clicking here.

Here's what to do next:

1. Make sure your student can log into Classlink

Students should access all of their school tiles by logging into Classlink using the following credentials:

User name - (Student ID #)
Password – ##### (Student lunch pin #)

Some schools have reset Classlink passwords to include shorthand names of the school before the student's lunch pin number (Example: SCMS-student lunch pin # or CHS-12345) so be sure to check your Listserv email for any possible password changes.

If your student does not know their lunch pin, check the Parent Portal. If you're having trouble, you can also reach out to your student's teacher.

Once your student is logged in, there is a tile for Canvas in Classlink that will take them directly to their courses. If the tile is missing, type in the search box to find it.

Keep in mind there may or may not be any courses listed until the first day of school but it's good to make sure everything is working properly before then! If you have any issues, reach out to your school directly.

2. Make sure your student has TEAMS and Zoom

Depending on the rules your school sets for learning in the Digital Academy, teachers may use Teams and/or Zoom this school year. Ahead of the first day of school, make sure both are installed and working on your device.

You can watch a beginner's guide to Zoom below:

For Teams, you can get more information on signing in for the first time here or by watching the video below:

3. Know your class schedule and get familiar with your block schedule

This year, Leon County Schools are switching to a block schedule. This means all middle and high school students will now take just three classes per day alternating daily: Odd day periods - 1, 3 and 5; Even day periods - 2, 4 and 6.

Make sure to check your school's Digital Academy page online for more information on the schedule.

Digital Academy students will be expected to log on for attendance and instruction at four specific times each day:

9:30am - 1st Block Class – (either your 1st or 2nd period teacher)
11:20 am - 2nd Block Class - (either your 3rd or 4th period teacher)
1:35pm – Homeroom
2:10pm – 3rd Block Class – (either your 5th or 6th period teacher)

4. Test internet connection and monitor Listserv messages for any changes

Make sure that your device's internet connection is good to go before the first day of school arrives. If you have any questions about the Digital Academy at your school, you can contact them by searching for your school here.