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Announcing Distance Learning Standards
Posted 4/24/20

Dear CUSD Families:

 

Today we are happy to share with our students and families that, in collaboration with our teachers and staff, we have developed standards for distance learning that give all of us guideposts and consistency as we navigate this new territory. The new guidelines provide for daily instruction, virtual office hours, 1:1 or small group support for our students and families, and set a standard of teaching and learning across our District. 

 

Endeavoring to build a distance-learning program in the middle of the semester has been an incredible undertaking. Our teachers and staff have worked tirelessly to transform classroom instruction to our new virtual environment all while retaining the same standards and expectations from the State of California and California Education Code. 

 

Our new standards for distance learning regarding daily instruction includes the following:

  • Elementary: at least 2 assigned lessons daily. Weekly communication about office hours/small group support hours via Virtual Classroom Platforms (including, but not limited to, School Loop or Google Classroom) shall be made available. Meeting times, classroom times, and office hours are included in the weekly plan.
  • Secondary: Clearly defined plan of lesson(s) to be implemented by teachers and completed by students on at least a weekly basis. Communication of such plans and office hours/small group support hours via Virtual Classroom Platforms (including, but not limited to, School Loop or Google Classroom). Meeting times, classroom times, and office hours are included in the weekly plan. Suggested daily activities or learning objectives will be stated in the weekly plan.

Our new standards for distance learning regarding office hours includes:

  • Elementary: create a schedule of daily “office hours” for students to receive assistance, interact with peers, and discuss weekly learning objectives. This shall be a minimum of 90 minutes total per day. This can be through audio or video, but will not be limited to email interaction. These minutes are cumulative (do not need to be continuous), and will be communicated in the weekly schedule.
  • Secondary: create a schedule of daily “office hours” for each prep where students can get help with assignments, ask questions, etc. This shall be a minimum of 90 minutes total per day. This can be through audio or video, but will not be limited to email interaction. These minutes are cumulative (do not need to be continuous), and will be communicated in the weekly schedule.

Our new standards for distance learning regarding  1:1 or Small Group Support includes:

  • Provide support to students who are struggling or unable to connect during scheduled office hours, which can include 1:1 virtual appointments or small group hangouts.

These standards will take some time to roll out District-wide. If you have specific questions or if you are experiencing challenges or concerns, please reach out to your student’s teacher(s) and, if necessary, your principal. It is our desire to be as flexible as possible as we support families and students who are working from home and learning from home. We realize there is a lot to juggle and that this will look different for every family and student.

 

As a reminder of our work since March 16, 2020, we have accomplished the following:

  • Trained over 2,000 teachers and staff on virtual classroom technology
  • Distributed more than 6,000 Chromebooks and 500 hotspots
  • Participated in over 50,000 Google Meets
  • Distributed over 150,000 breakfasts and lunches
  • Met virtually with key stakeholders, including PTA Presidents to receive feedback on distance learning, discuss temporary Board policies for grading, and options for graduation celebrations

Thank you, once again, for your patience and flexibility.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kirsten Vital
Superintendent