Q: What is Distance Learning and why is it required for schools in Sacramento County to start the 2020-2021 school year?
A: During the COVID-19 pandemic, all schools in Sacramento County are starting in a Distance Learning model based on the guidance from the Sacramento County Public Health Department, the Sacramento County Office of Education, and the State of California. Due to the rapid rate of community spread of COVID-19, it has been determined that it is not safe to bring large groups of people together on a school campus.
Distance Learning under state law (Education Code 43500) means instruction when the student and teacher are in different locations and a certificated instructor (i.e. teacher, counselor, administrator) are providing academic instruction or support for a child's social emotional learning. Examples may include:
- Interaction, instruction and check-ins between teachers and pupils through the use of a computer or communications technology
- Video or audio instruction where the primary way to communicate is online, through instructional television, video, telecourses or other instruction that relies on computer or communications technology
- The use of print materials incorporating assignments that are the subect of written or oral feedback
Q: What is the difference between Distance Learning and Homeschooling?
A: All Greer students are automatically enrolled in Distance Learning unless the parent or guardian enrolls the student in another program. In Distance Learning, a credentialed teacher designs the course and sequence of instruction for your child and will provide daily synchronous (online, live instruction) and "asynchronous" (recorded or online-based lessons) every day. Your child's teacher takes attendance, assesses learning and assigns grades.
In a Homeschool model, a parent or guardian is responsible for planning lessons, delivering instruction, and grading daily assignments in consultation with a credentialed teacher. You must be available for 4-6 hours per day to teach your child. You will have a set date and time to meet with your Advisory Teacher every month. More information about San Juan Unified's Home School program is available here.
Q: How long will we be in Distance Learning?
A: Our district is closely following the guidance from the Sacramento County Public Health Department, the Sacramento County Office of Education, and the State of California on when it is safe to reopen our campuses. Our district plans to transition to a hybrid model of instruction as soon as it is safe to do so. "Hybrid" instruction means your child will be on campus with a teacher and a small group of classmates two days a week and will learn at home for the other three days of the week. When we return to campus, we will be following all current Public Health Department requirements for physical distancing, temperature checks, hand washing/sanitizing, sanitizing of surfaces, and face coverings.
Q: When students are allowed back on campus, how do I know if my child too sick to attend school?
A: Great question! We will also follow Public Health Guidance on this and know that the symptoms for COVID-19 and other common illnesses can be very similar. If students have an ongoing cough, a fever of 100 or more, are throwing up or have diarrhea, or you suspect that they may have been exposed to COVID-19, they should not come to school. You can contact your medical provider for guidance, testing and health care treatment. Our district has a partnership with Elica Health for families without insurance. The Elica motor home travels through the Arden Arcade area and you'll see it parked between Greer and Encina each week on Wednesdays from 11 am to 5 pm, though you can visit any location. More information is available here.
Q: I need to talk to my child's teacher. How do I do that?
A: Communication between parents and their children's teacher is critical to the child's academic and social growth. Your child's teacher will share how best to reach them during Distance Learning. This may be through email or through the Class Dojo app that some of our teachers are using. You can leave a general message on our school's phone and we'll get a message to the teacher or support staff member. Our number is (916) 971-7157. Staff makes every effort to respond to messages within a day of receiving the message.
Q: Our family is facing some challenges right now and it's affecting my child. What can I do?
A: Greer is a welcoming and caring environment and we have many support staff here to help. If you need help right away, call 211 Sacramento for immediate access to community resources. If this is a concern related to your child's education, please email an administrator and one of us will call you or ask a support staff member to reach out to you.
- Principal, Amy Rovai Gregory - email@example.com
- Vice Principal, Kate Hazarian - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Counselor, Eileen Hastie - email@example.com