March 24, 2020
An Update from San Juan Unified School District - Planning for distance learning
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Teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do each day. For the last week, health, safety and operational needs have been the priority, during which time we’ve rightfully heard many of our staff and parents call for more information on where we are headed instructionally.
We have attempted to be thoughtful in how services are rolled out to ensure we can answer questions of equity and meet legal requirements under federal and state law related to equal access. Keeping these elements in mind, it is our intent that every senior, who meets eligibility requirements, graduates this June and that all of our students can engage in meaningful learning.
It is a possibility that schools may not open after spring break. Therefore, we are working diligently to transition to a distance learning model of instruction. This does not mean we are adopting new curriculum or new lesson plans but rather we are looking to deliver our existing curriculum and materials in different ways that meet the needs of our diverse sets of learners. It is our desire that by Monday, April 13 we will shift from our strategy of read, review and enrichment to a model of distance learning that allows for new assignments and new learning.
To facilitate this, we are currently finalizing plans for the distribution of technology to students who do not have devices. Distribution is slated to begin with high schools on March 25. Middle schools will follow by April 2, with elementary schools distributed prior to the end of the Spring Break. As part of this effort, we’ll also be working with families to identify gaps in internet connectivity and match them with free or reduced-cost community solutions. (Between now and March 27, technology services staff will be working to remove restrictions on devices that keep them locked to the district network as well as ensuring we have processes in place to track who materials are checked out to.)
Our goal is to serve every student to the greatest extent possible using remote and distance learning tools using the latest California Department of Education guidelines. Our Special Education team is collaborating with general education staff to develop the best plans to support all learners. Over the next few weeks, case managers will be reaching out to each family individually to review and set up services.
We are also working hard to implement support for our teachers and other educators as they make this shift through the use of virtual professional learning and collaborative communities of practitioners. All of our staff will have access to these services as they come online prior to our shift in delivery methods on April 13. Please note, that April 6-10 remains Spring Break with all staff off and no assignments or virtual office hours offered.
Like everything COVID-19 related, we expect this will be a rapidly evolving effort with changes by the moment. We ask for your patience and your guidance during this process to ensure that we support each other in this new model of distance learning and meet the needs of our learners.
MARCH 18, 2020
Dear Cowan families,
Our Cowan staff is dedicated to providing you the best possible experience during the school closures. The purpose of this letter is to provide families with ideas and resources on how parents can support student learning at home.
The primary goals for student learning:
- Students read and be read to (a lot)
- Review previously learned concepts
- Enrich learning by engaging as a family while at home.
Enrichment resources will be provided electronically. Teachers will also be conducting online office hours to answer questions and offer ideas on student learning at home.
WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO:
- Log onto the Parent Portal- Verify your phone numbers and email addresses are up-to-date. Current email addresses will ensure you have direct access to your child’s teacher, information and updates.
- Check log-in access- If you need log-in information to access online resources such as Moby Max, iReady Math, LexiaCore5 (for reading), please email your student's teacher.
- Use Enrichment Resources- The district website and each school website has a list of online enrichment resources to maintain learning during school closures. Please visit www.sanjuan.edu/onlineenrichment to see the complete list.
WHAT WE ARE DOING:
- Virtual Office Hours- Effective Wednesday, March 18th SJUSD teachers will offer virtual office hours Monday-Friday from 8:30-10:30am and from 12:30-2:30pm. Please check your email, Dojo or other form of electronic communications for details from your teachers.
- Breakfast and Lunch- Our district will be providing a breakfast and lunch program offered to anyone under the age of 18. This program is offered at 27 sites beginning Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, April 3rd. Click this link for details: 27 sites
- School Events- All school events, meetings, field trip experiences are postponed until further notice.
- Cleaning/COVID-19 Status- Our school is being deep cleaned and by keeping all of us apart, we decrease the chances of spreading the virus. There are no known cases of the COVID-19 virus at Cowan or within our district.
We are living in extraordinary times and recognize that having students home for a month presents challenges. While our focus is to make this a successful learning experience for Cowan students, this crisis provides us with an opportunity to help our children develop skills when facing future life challenges. Please take care of yourselves and your families. I truly believe we will come out of this stronger than ever, together.
Cowan Fundamental School