Curriculum & Instruction - Frequently Asked Questions as of 3/25/2020
What is distance learning?
From the California Department of Education: For the purpose of this guidance, “distance learning” means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. This may include interacting through the use of computer and communications technology, as well as delivering instruction and check-in time with their teacher. Distance learning may include video or audio instruction in which the primary mode of communication between the student and instructor is on-line interaction, instructional television, video, telecourses, or other instruction that relies on computer or communications technology. It may also include the use of print materials incorporating assignments that are the subject of written or oral feedback.
What is meant by supplemental? Is the school work required?
The short answer, yes and no. With many state regulations and guidelines, some of which are changing rapidly, we are offering supplemental instruction between March 24th and April 24th. In order to require assignments to be completed, there are many factors to consider including equity and access, as well as special education. If our school closure extends beyond April 24th, we are exploring a long term distance learning plan that will require student work to be completed. Bottom line, all students should take advantage of this opportunity to #OwnYourLearning. In order to maintain your skills and prepare for your future, take advantage of the opportunities your teachers are providing. When we return to school, we expect that students will have completed supplemental learning. Student work done during this time will not be graded for credit but will contribute towards academic progress in the courses they are taking. Simply put, it’s not about the grade, it’s about the learning.
Are we going to return to school this year?
**Edit: As of April 24th, we do know we are closed until May 29th.** Due to the length of our school year and the COVID 19 crisis, there are many factors to consider, with the safety of our community the highest priority. We will continue to work with our bargaining units on related details.
• April 13-24 extend school closure with supplemental learning, and ongoing training available for teachers Beyond April 24th, the following are options being considered:
• April 27th-May 8th extend closure or return to physical school, depending on COVID 19 spread and containment
• May 11th- May 29th extend closure or return to physical school, depending on COVID 19 spread and containment
• June 1st-June 12th extend closure or return to physical school, depending on COVID 19 spread and containment
Is state testing still happening?
California has suspended the following state testing:
• California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is suspended (3rd-8th & 11th grade)
• English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (English Learners)
• Physical Fitness Testing (5th, 8th and 9th grades)
What about the SAT and ACT?
SAT school day for March has been cancelled, as well as the May 2nd administration date. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled. From the College Board website: “ Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. College Board has not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority.
ACT: From the ACT website- ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the US in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date.
What is happening with Advanced Placement courses?
College Board has issued guidance on AP testing and courses available on the College Board AP website. In summary, the following has been shared:
• College Board is providing live and on demand AP courses for free
• An at home testing option is being developing which will be a 45 minute free response exam
• The full AP testing schedule will be available on April 3rd
• Free, live, AP Review sessions are available via the AP YouTube channel
What is happening with the District Wide Writing Assessment?
The 7th, 9th and 11th grade writing assessment is in process of being scored through the English Language Arts Vertical Team. Elementary writing assessments are currently on hold for the remainder of the year.
What about elementary second trimester grades?
Elementary trimester report cards are available digitally through the Aeries Parent Portal. Paper report cards will not be mailed home (except CES that distributed report cards during Chromebook pick up).
What about my current grades (7th-12th)?
As much as this is a time to #OwnYourLearning, many students are concerned about their grades. As always, quarter grades are an indicator of progress and not official grades on a transcript. The third quarter grading period was set to end on Friday, March 27th. This will be extended to Friday, April 3rd. The grading window for teachers will open Friday, April 3rd, with grades due on Wednesday, April 15th, allowing time for entry into Aeries after spring break. Third quarter grades will be available in the Aeries portal on Thursday, April 16th- no paper third quarter grades will be mailed home.
I would like to improve my grade from Friday, March 13th (last day we were in session), can I?
Students may turn in missing work from prior to Friday March 13th, per their teachers grading policy, 504 plans and IEP accommodations. However, supplemental work between March 24th and April 24th is not available for extra credit.
Are school counselors available?
Yes! All of our support staff are available including counselors by appointment to discuss transcripts, credits, grades, schedules and social/emotional needs or concerns.
Should seniors still apply for scholarships?
Yes! Please contact your school counselor for additional information on scholarships. Check your school’s weekly newsletter and Counselor Corner of your school website for additional information.
What about senior projects?
Seniors should expect to complete their senior project and coursework, following the supplemental distance learning provided now and any modifications needed due to our closure. At this time, students should not be in physical contact with their mentors or job shadows, but they should be in contact via phone or video conference. Students should contact their Business and Finance teacher to discuss individual concerns regarding senior projects. If we are still closed through May, we will consider videoconferencing for senior presentations.
Will seniors be able to graduate?
Yes. Many options are being considered across our state and the length of our closure will determine our eventual outcome. See above regarding returning to school options. If we are unable to do traditional graduation ceremonies, we will work with our seniors, parents and teachers to consider what experience can safely be done. Some early ideas include:
• Seniors on parade- students in vehicles, parade route, receive diplomas, drive by diploma distribution
• Virtual graduation ceremonies including online speakers
• Seniors submitting a personal video of their memories and plans
• Digital options to highlight students accomplishments
• Delay graduation to a time later in the year (December?)
What about other activities such as prom, senior awards night and Sober Grad?
School sites and committees should begin developing alternate plans for these events, if our schools continue to be closed.
Will we need to go to school into the summer?
At this time, we are not planning on extending the school year beyond June 12th.
How can a student get a work permit?
Please contact Wendi James at our District Office to request a work permit, email email@example.com
Thank you for keeping the safety of our community as our highest priority. Please take the stay at home order from the Governor seriously and when you must go out for essential services, maintain social distancing protocols.