GCPS Board Meeting Announces New Digital Days this School Year


Photo courtesy of J.alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center board members discussing plans for the 2021-22 school year.

The board meeting discusses the approach to Covid-19 and digital learning/days. This took place in J.alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center on January 1, 2021.

The board meeting participants are Karen Watkins, Steven B. Knudsen, Dr. Mary Kay Murphy,  and Dr. Tarece Johnson. These members regularly have meetings for the Gwinnett County Board of Education. 

The Board of Education discussed the first-day 7-day week. The 7-day week was the first week of school where ninth-grade students and tenth-grade students were to go in person while eleventh-grade students and twelfth graders were to continue digital learning.

Many Parkview students enjoyed the first week of school and freshman  Maya Lee states, “I feel like the 7-day week was smart in a way because it allowed the new students to have a feel in a way to know where their classes are.”

On January 6, 2021, the addition of four digital days during the 2nd semester (January 26, March 2, April 20). These are days where students receive asynchronous learning and teachers plan their teachings. 

With digital days put in place as of yesterday, Tuesday, September 14, 2021. Students are now getting back in the groove of the new school year but with masks instead of bare faces.

What are digital days? How does this affect people’s learning situations? Do all people have access to digital? 

Indeed, with the CARES funds utilized for GCPS; the Chromebooks you see in students’ hands are some innovations of such questions; of the students/parents who do not have access to digital learning for digital days.

Digital days are when teachers provide asynchronous and live(synchronous) assignments to students, while students are required to meet the deadlines of these assignments/tasks.

The Board meetings consist of topics such as these that affect the schools, teachers, parents, and students of Gwinnett County. The schools affected include Parkview High School. 

Some may say that in-person is difficult and others would say digital learning was more difficult. Lee, when asked what type of learning is more difficult she responds with, “ I feel digital  is a little bit difficult because I use to look up stuff, but I got into the groove of studying because of in-person.”

When asking a group of juniors: Tabitha Maccubbin, Dylan Diez, and Kennedy Fox, they countered with, “Just being back is harder than doing digital.” (Maccubbin)“But, it was weird because you had people cheating on every assignment/test and teacher knew….. and they didn’t care honestly.”(Diez) 

But now with a majority of students are back in in-person learning with the mask mandate finalized. 

However, Parkview teachers had a different outlook. Teachers’ opinions regarding digital days/ digital learning, they all agreed that in-person was preferable. 

When asking a language arts teacher, Mrs. Kelly Diamond,  she quotes, “In-person is definitely better. I feel [like] as a writing teacher, you can not teach writing virtually.”