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Distance learning to continue for Capistrano Unified through May 1
Posted 3/25/20

Distance Learning for Capistrano Unified School District students will continue through Friday, May 1, 2020, the Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night.


“The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for our students, families, teachers, staff, and administrators and it has taken an enormous effort to redirect student teaching and learning from our classrooms to distance learning at home,” said Superintendent Kirsten Vital during the March 25, 2020 Board of Trustee meeting. 


“We still have work to do and we can always improve, but I want to share my gratitude and appreciation for our teachers, staff, and administrators for their tireless efforts in preparing for distance learning,” said Vital. “I can say without a doubt that CUSD is setting a very high standard and that we will continue to invest more time, hours and more resources into our work to support young people through this crisis.” 


Teachers and staff have been working tirelessly to adapt to our new reality with a laser focus on ensuring the high quality of instruction and education for our community and our students.

Administrators and more than 2,200 teachers worked through spring break to prepare lesson plans and virtual learning – essentially reinventing the school experience for the district’s 47,000 students. In addition, teachers and district staff are helping students adapt to the technology and troubleshooting issues that arise.


Distance learning began Tuesday. Teachers provided thousands of virtual lessons, and students have already successfully completed hundreds of tasks and assignments.


The district has also provided more than 34,000 free meals and, by Friday evening, will have distributed Chromebooks to every family in need of a device at home.


“We are keenly aware of the stress our families are under,” Vital added. “There is no doubt that distance learning is as new to many of you as it is to us. Your flexibility, patience, and support have been incredible and we are so grateful to support your students in this work.”


The school district includes 63 schools in seven cities covering 200 square miles.


“We look forward to the day when we can reopen our schools and welcome young people back to their classrooms,” Vital said. “Until then, stay healthy. We will all get through this together.”