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July 8, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert For July 7 (1st Day Of Summer Session Complete / Fall Calendar Change)

An item from another US-based K-12 online learning program.

July 7, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
The first day of our summer session is complete! Be sure to check that your students were able to log in.
Our Standard Start classes will now begin on August 17.
See all the details below, and please forward this e-lert to any stakeholders who may need it.
Standard Start Beings August 17
In response to Senate Bill 704, NCVirtual is adjusting its Standard Start calendar. With this adjustment, Standard Start classes will now begin on August 17, 2020. The Standard Start end date, Jan. 8, 2021, has not changed. Our Early Start calendar will remain the same with classes starting on August 12, 2020, and ending on Dec. 11, 2020. We hope this calendar adjustment better meets the needs of our districts and schools and the unique challenges they are facing this fall.
Here are the key dates for each calendar:
Early Start
Starts: August 12, 2020
Day 5 No-Show Report Posted: August 20, 2020
Drop/Add Date: August 25, 2020
Ends: Dec. 11, 2020
Final Grades Posted: Dec. 17, 2020
Standard Start
Starts: August 17
Day 5 No-Show Report: August 25, 2020
Drop/Add Date: August 28, 2020
Ends: Jan. 8, 2021
Final Grades Posted: Jan. 14, 2021
Summer Session – Starts July 7!
Summer classes began today!
Student Access
Please remember, we do not send login details to students. Be sure your school shares those login details with students. Our summer session is very short, so it is important that students have a good start.
Guides
We have printable guides for everyone!
See our full Summer Session guide for schools.
Contact Info
We (and your students) need your summer ELA contact information. If you have not already done so, please let us know your contact information here: NCVirtual Summer 2020 ELA Contact Information form, and be sure your enrolled students know, also.
Dates
The last day to register for summer is July 13.
The last day to drop students is July 20.
Remember, NCVirtual can’t drop students. Be sure your students have your summer contact information in case they need to be dropped.
Remote Instruction Plans
We are here to help with your remote instruction plans! We have a number of programs and resources for you.
Are you looking for remote learning and instruction PD? Visit our Digital Transition page to stream our archived webinars and sign up for future events.
Do you have a teacher in a high-risk group who can’t return to the classroom? If so, try our Partnership Course Program. We will provide the course and all the technology. Your teacher will just have to teach!
Do you have students who did not receive all the instruction they needed in 8th-grade math and are now entering Math 1? Our highly successful Co-teaching Intervention Program would be great for those students. We also have intervention courses for Math 2, 3, Biology, English 2, and Chemistry.
See all the ways we can help on our Building Your Partnership with NCVirtual page.
Registration is Open for 20-21
Visit our 2020-2021 Academic Year page for all the registration details.
Need a Section?
Do you need an Early Start or yearlong section that we’re not offering? Submit a request to our Virtual Support Center, and we will try to make that happen!
Webinars and Office Hours
Digital Transition Office Hours and Webinar
This spring, we hosted an unprecedented number of on-demand webinars for North Carolina teachers who found themselves in a remote-instruction environment for the first time.
We hosted 94 sessions in 54 days. But even more impressive is that 30,328 educators attended.
Our webinars (along with our teachers) are on a break, but look for them to return later this summer and next fall. They likely won’t come at the same rate, but we’ve heard you! We know you want them to continue.
For now, you can stream all the webinars that we archived. Visit our Digital Transition resource page to view them. We really have something for everyone. Please forward to any stakeholders who may be interested.
Lunch with NCVirtual
The Outreach and Support team has extended its support office hours to Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
NCDPI Reopening Webinars
In order to support your reopening planning teams, NCDPI work groups are pleased to offer virtual office hours each Wednesday through June. This link will guide your team members to a flyer that lists the topics and login information/links for designated morning and afternoon sessions. Additionally, the flyer contains links to new on-demand webinars. It will be helpful for your reopening planning team members to view these webinars, if possible, in advance of logging into the virtual office hours. New webinars will be added to this document as they are finalized and uploaded.
Please keep in mind the virtual office hours are an open forum. There is no set agenda other than to respond to questions which makes it difficult to predict participant volume. It is not our intention to create frustration. If an individual should login and need to leave prior to the opportunity to pose their question, we ask that they log the question by clicking here. This form will be monitored and responses generated. As a reminder, questions about the recent public health guidance can be directed to strongschoolsnc@dhhs.nc.gov.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 4 – Final Grades for Traditional Calendar Courses Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 13 – Summer Session Day-3 No-Show Report Posted.
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
Reminders
Don’t forget to check out our NCVPS Now page for live program updates.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

July 3, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert For July 2 (Summer Starts July 7 / Remote Instruction Plans)

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

July 2, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
We have details on our summer session, which begins July 7, and help with your Remote Instruction Plans.
See all the details are below, and please share the NCVirtual E-lert with your district and school stakeholders.
Summer Session – Starts July 7!
Our summer session start is right around the corner! Here are the essential details:
Student Access
Student logins will not work until the first day of class, July 7.
We do not send login details to students. Be sure your school shares those login details with students. Our summer session is very short, so it is important that students have a good start.
Guides
We have printable guides for everyone!
See our full Summer Session guide for schools.
Contact Info
We (and your students) need your summer ELA contact information. If you have not already done so, please let us know your contact information here: NCVirtual Summer 2020 ELA Contact Information form, and be sure your enrolled students know, also.
Dates
The last day to register for summer is July 13.
The last day to drop students is July 20.
Remember, NCVirtual can’t drop students. Be sure your students have your summer contact information in case they need to be dropped.
Remote Instruction Plans
We are here to help with your remote instruction plans! We have a number of programs and resources for you.
Are you looking for remote learning and instruction PD? Visit our Digital Transition page to stream our archived webinars and sign up for future events.
Do you have a teacher in a high-risk group who can’t return to the classroom? If so, try our Partnership Course Program. We will provide the course and all the technology. Your teacher will just have to teach!
Do you have students who did not receive all the instruction they needed in 8th-grade math and are now entering Math 1? Our highly successful Co-teaching Intervention Program would be great for those students. We also have intervention courses for Math 2, 3, Biology, English 2, and Chemistry.
See all the ways we can help on our Building Your Partnership with NCVirtual page.
Registration is Open for 20-21
Visit our 2020-2021 Academic Year page for all the registration details.
Need a Section?
Do you need an Early Start or yearlong section that we’re not offering? Submit a request to our Virtual Support Center, and we will try to make that happen!
Webinars and Office Hours
Digital Transition Office Hours and Webinar
This spring, we hosted an unprecedented number of on-demand webinars for North Carolina teachers who found themselves in a remote-instruction environment for the first time.
We hosted 94 sessions in 54 days. But even more impressive is that 30,328 educators attended.
Our webinars (along with our teachers) are on a break, but look for them to return later this summer and next fall. They likely won’t come at the same rate, but we’ve heard you! We know you want them to continue.
For now, you can stream all the webinars that we archived. Visit our Digital Transition resource page to view them. We really have something for everyone. Please forward to any stakeholders who may be interested.
Lunch with NCVirtual
The Outreach and Support team has extended its support office hours to Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
NCDPI Reopening Webinars
In order to support your reopening planning teams, NCDPI work groups are pleased to offer virtual office hours each Wednesday through June. This link will guide your team members to a flyer that lists the topics and login information/links for designated morning and afternoon sessions. Additionally, the flyer contains links to new on-demand webinars. It will be helpful for your reopening planning team members to view these webinars, if possible, in advance of logging into the virtual office hours. New webinars will be added to this document as they are finalized and uploaded.
Please keep in mind the virtual office hours are an open forum. There is no set agenda other than to respond to questions which makes it difficult to predict participant volume. It is not our intention to create frustration. If an individual should login and need to leave prior to the opportunity to pose their question, we ask that they log the question by clicking here. This form will be monitored and responses generated. As a reminder, questions about the recent public health guidance can be directed to strongschoolsnc@dhhs.nc.gov.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 4 – Final Grades for Traditional Calendar Courses Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 13 – Summer Session Day-3 No-Show Report Posted.
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
Reminders
Don’t forget to check out our NCVPS Now page for live program updates.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

June 27, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert for June 25 (Enrollment Is Open)

An item from another US-based K-12 online learning program.

June 18, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
Our summer session starts July 7, and our preparation is in high gear. North Carolina schools have enrolled 3,600 students so far and are adding over 100 a day. However, we do have a few courses that are under capacity, and we may not be able to offer them for summer. We will start looking at low-enrolling courses on July 1, and we will make determinations then if we can staff the courses or not. We will alert schools and students if we must close a course.
See all the details are below, and please share the NCVirtual E-lert with your district and school stakeholders.
Summer Session Contacts
Districts and schools that are registering students for summer classes need to complete our NCVirtual Summer 2020 ELA Contact Information form.
NCVirtual needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 2020 classes. Students registered for summer classes will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, but they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2020, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
Registration is Open for 20-21
Visit our 2020-2021 Academic Year page for all the registration details.
Summer Session
Remember that we have a later start for our summer session this year. We will start on July 7 and finish on August 17. Check out our Summer Session Guide for all the summer details.
Need a Section?
Do you need an Early Start or yearlong section that we’re not offering? Submit a request to our Virtual Support Center, and we will try to make that happen!
Fall Start Dates
The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation [Senate Bill 704: SECTION 2.11.(b)] for schools to open on August 17 (or earlier) this fall.
NCVirtual has two start dates for classes:
Early Start Begins: August 12
Final Drop/Add: August 25
Early Start Ends: Dec. 11
Standard Start Begins: August 24
Final Drop/Add: Sept. 4
Standard Start Ends End: Jan 8
Early Start Classes
Early Start classes end before the winter break. We have traditionally had a smaller selection of courses in our Early Start catalog, but that’s because there was less demand for them in the past. We understand that will be different this year!
If we are not currently offering a course in Early Start that you need, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center and ask for a section to be created for you. We will try to make that happen.
Standard Start Classes
Standard Start courses do end in January, but schools can arrange with NCVirtual instructors for their students to finish before the winter break. Our instructors will adjust the pacing guide for those students. Please make those arrangements early in the semester so that our instructors have time to adjust their pacing guides.
Webinars and Office Hours
Digital Transition Office Hours and Webinar
This spring, we hosted an unprecedented number of on-demand webinars for North Carolina teachers who found themselves in a remote-instruction environment for the first time.
We hosted 94 sessions in 54 days. But even more impressive is that 30,328 educators attended.
Our webinars (along with our teachers) are on a break, but look for them to return later this summer and next fall. They likely won’t come at the same rate, but we’ve heard you! We know you want them to continue.
For now, you can stream all the webinars that we archived. Visit our Digital Transition resource page to view them. We really have something for everyone. Please forward to any stakeholders who may be interested.
Lunch with NCVirtual
The Outreach and Support team has extended its support office hours to Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
NCDPI Reopening Webinars
In order to support your reopening planning teams, NCDPI work groups are pleased to offer virtual office hours each Wednesday through June. This link will guide your team members to a flyer that lists the topics and login information/links for designated morning and afternoon sessions. Additionally, the flyer contains links to new on-demand webinars. It will be helpful for your reopening planning team members to view these webinars, if possible, in advance of logging into the virtual office hours. New webinars will be added to this document as they are finalized and uploaded.
Please keep in mind the virtual office hours are an open forum. There is no set agenda other than to respond to questions which makes it difficult to predict participant volume. It is not our intention to create frustration. If an individual should login and need to leave prior to the opportunity to pose their question, we ask that they log the question by clicking here. This form will be monitored and responses generated. As a reminder, questions about the recent public health guidance can be directed to strongschoolsnc@dhhs.nc.gov.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 4 – Final Grades for Traditional Calendar Courses Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 13 – Summer Session Day-3 No-Show Report Posted.
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
Reminders
Don’t forget to check out our NCVPS Now page for live program updates.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

June 19, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert for June 18 (Summer Contacts Needed)

An item from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

June 18, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
Our summer session begins on July 7, and we need your school’s contact information for summer.
Our digital transition webinar series is completed for the summer, but we will return in August with new webinars, and we are maintaining daily office hours throughout the summer.
Per legislation, schools will open by August 17 for fall. We have some calendar options for your online enrollments.
NCDPI is hosting a series of reopening webinars every Wednesday through June. See their Office Hours link, and we have more details below.
See all the details are below, and please share the NCVirtual E-lert with your district and school stakeholders.
Summer Session Contacts
Districts and schools that are registering students for summer classes need to complete our NCVirtual Summer 2020 ELA Contact Information form.
NCVirtual needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 2020 classes. Students registered for summer classes will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, but they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2020, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
Fall Start Dates
The North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation [Senate Bill 704: SECTION 2.11.(b)] for schools to open on August 17 (or earlier) this fall.
NCVirtual has two start dates for classes:
Early Start Begins: August 12
Final Drop/Add: August 25
Early Start Ends: Dec. 11
Standard Start Begins: August 24
Final Drop/Add: Sept. 4
Standard Start Ends End: Jan 8
Early Start Classes
Early Start classes end before the winter break. We have traditionally had a smaller selection of courses in our Early Start catalog, but that’s because there had been less demand for them in the past. We understand that will be different this year!
If we are not currently offering a course in Early Start that you need, open a ticket with our Virtual Support Center and ask for a section to be created for you. We will try to make that happen.
Standard Start Classes
Standard Start courses do end in January, but schools can arrange with NCVirtual instructors for their students to finish before the winter break. Our instructors will adjust the pacing guide for those students.
Registration is Open for 20-21
Visit our 2020-2021 Academic Year page for all the registration details!
We have a number of new courses in our 20-21 catalog:
High School Courses
MS Word and PPT
MS Excel
Game Art Design
Math 3 Co-teaching
American Sign Language 1 & 2
Foundations to Information Technology
Middle School Courses
8th Grade ELA
8th Grade Math
Career Exploration
Creative Coding
Need a Section?
Do you need an Early Start or yearlong section that we’re not offering? Submit a request to our Virtual Support Center, and we will try to make that happen!
Summer Session
Remember that we have a later start for our summer session this year. We will start on July 7 and finish on August 17. Check out our Summer Session Guide for all the summer details.
Webinars and Office Hours
Digital Transition Office Hours and Webinar
This spring, we hosted an unprecedented number of on-demand webinars for North Carolina teachers who found themselves in a remote-instruction environment for the first time.
We hosted 94 sessions in 54 days. But even more impressive is that 30,328 educators attended.
Our webinars (along with our teachers) are on a break, but look for them to return later this summer and next fall. They likely won’t come at the same rate, but we’ve heard you! We know you want them to continue.
For now, you can stream all the webinars that we archived. Visit our Digital Transition resource page to view them. We really have something for everyone. Please forward to any stakeholders who may be interested.
Lunch with NCVirtual
The Outreach and Support team has extended its support office hours to Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
NCDPI Reopening Webinars
In order to support your reopening planning teams, NCDPI work groups are pleased to offer virtual office hours each Wednesday through June. This link will guide your team members to a flyer that lists the topics and login information/links for designated morning and afternoon sessions. Additionally, the flyer contains links to new on-demand webinars. It will be helpful for your reopening planning team members to view these webinars, if possible, in advance of logging into the virtual office hours. New webinars will be added to this document as they are finalized and uploaded.
Please keep in mind the virtual office hours are an open forum. There is no set agenda other than to respond to questions which makes it difficult to predict participant volume. It is not our intention to create frustration. If an individual should login and need to leave prior to the opportunity to pose their question, we ask that they log the question by clicking here. This form will be monitored and responses generated. As a reminder, questions about the recent public health guidance can be directed to strongschoolsnc@dhhs.nc.gov.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 4 – Final Grades for Traditional Calendar Courses Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 13 – Summer Session Day-3 No-Show Report Posted.
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
Reminders
Don’t forget to check out our NCVPS Now page for live program updates.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

June 9, 2020

NCVirtual E-lert For June 8 (Final Grades Posted/System Maintenance June 10)

A newsletter from a US-based K-12 online learning program.

June 8, 2020
Greetings, everyone!
Just a quick note today. Final grades have been posted. Be sure to download the grade report from our registration system right away. Our system will be offline on Wednesday, June 10, for maintenance. The system should be back up on Thursday, but please download the final grade report before then.
Here’s our previous announcement:
Final 2020 Spring Grades – Final grades were posted today, June 4.
Summer Session Contacts – We need your contact information for summer.
2020-2021 Registration – Registration is open! See our academic year and summer session guides.
Webinars and Office Hours – See the spring stats and what’s next!
All the details are below, and please share the NCVirtual E-lert with your district and school stakeholders.
Final Grades Spring 2020
Final Grade Report
We posted our final grade reports on the following dates:
Early Start classes: May 14
Traditional Calendar classes: June 4
Our final grade reports include the following:
  • March 10th Progress Report Grade – This is the grade students had when schools were closed.
  • Final Coursework Grade – This grade will reflect all work that students submitted for the duration of the course. No zero grades will be given on missed assignments. Only submitted assignments will be graded. Note: Schools will use the highest of the two grades for the student’s final grade, but we want to provide all this data to the school.
  • Comments – Teachers will provide written comments as normal.
  • Academic Strengths/Needs (REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 PER SBE POLICY) – This will help inform the transition efforts of the content teacher the student will have next year.
  • Social/Emotional Comments (REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8 PER SBE POLICY) – This, too, will help determine the social-emotional perspective to support transition efforts for next school year.
Schools will need to do the following with our final grades:
  • For seniors, schools will issue the PC19 or WC19 grade based on the higher of the two grades on our final grade report.
  • For students in grades 9-11 and middle school students in high school courses, schools will choose the higher of the two grades if the student wishes to receive a numerical grade. Or students may choose the PC19 or WC19 options.
  • For middle school students in our middle school courses, schools will issue the PC19 or WC19 grade based on the higher of the two grades on our final grade report.
Visit our COVID-19 Response page to see full grading details including instructions for midterm grades in yearlong classes.
Summer Session Contacts
Districts and schools that are registering students for summer classes need to complete our NCVirtual Summer 2020 ELA Contact Information form.
NCVirtual needs the contact information for each school that registers students for Summer 2020 classes. Students registered for summer classes will need to know who the contact is, as well. Students can drop through our 10th day of class, but they need to know who to contact at the school or at the district level so that they can be dropped. Districts may elect to have just one contact for the entire district over the summer.
Presently, you may not have any students enrolled in NCVirtual summer courses, but if your school does enroll students in the coming weeks for Summer 2020, we will need this information.
If districts have their school-level ELA contact information in an Excel document, they can copy and paste that into the contact box on the link above.
Registration is Open for 20-21
Visit our 2020-2021 Academic Year page for all the registration details!
We have a number of new courses in our 20-21 catalog:
High School Courses
MS Word and PPT
MS Excel
Game Art Design
Math 3 Co-teaching
American Sign Language 1 & 2
Foundations to Information Technology
Middle School Courses
8th Grade ELA
8th Grade Math
Career Exploration
Creative Coding
Need a Section?
Do you need an Early Start or yearlong section that we’re not offering? Submit a request to our Virtual Support Center, and we will try to make that happen!
Summer Session
Remember that we have a later start for our summer session this year. We will start on July 7 and finish on August 17. Check out our Summer Session Guide for all the summer details.
Webinars and Office Hours
Digital Transition Office Hours and Webinar
This spring, we hosted an unprecedented number of on-demand webinars for North Carolina teachers who found themselves in a remote-instruction environment for the first time.
Your response was unbelievable.
We hosted 93 sessions in 53 days. But even more impressive is that 30,328 educators attended.
Wow!
That’s a really big “wow,” and it’s a testament to what the teachers of North Carolina are willing to do for their students and for other teachers. For so many reasons, this spring will never be forgotten, and this is a shining example of how positive things can come out of difficult situations.
Our webinars (along with our teachers) are on a break, but look for them to return later this summer and next fall. They likely won’t come at the same rate, but we’ve heard you! We know you want them to continue.
For now, you can stream all the webinars that we archived. Visit our Digital Transition resource page to view them. We really have something for everyone. Please forward to any stakeholders who may be interested.
Lunch with NCVirtual
The Outreach and Support team has extended its support office hours to Monday-Friday from noon to 1 p.m. Visit our Lunch with NCVirtual page for details and the link to join us in our online room.
Current Reporting
What Grades Are Currently Posted?
June 4 – Final Grades for Traditional Calendar Courses Posted in the Registration System
What’s Next on the Schedule?
July 13 – Summer Session Day-3 No-Show Report Posted.
Reporting Overview
See our Grades and Testing Quick Reference Guide for an overview of our reporting. We have details on our Student Status (No-Show) Reports, Progress Reports, Final Grade Reports, and how we calculate grades.
Reminders
Don’t forget to check out our NCVPS Now page for live program updates.
THANKS, EVERYONE!
Your North Carolina students appreciate your dedication and hard work!
North Carolina Virtual Public School | 1017 Main Campus Drive, Partners I Bldg., SUITE 3900Raleigh, NC 27606

 

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