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Virtual Learning

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will students receive daily live instruction with their teacher(s)?

Yes. All teachers, per State law, will be meeting daily with their students through videoconferencing. All schools and teachers have set schedules for parents and students to know when the meetings will be.

Will teachers be available to support student and parent questions?

Yes. All teachers will be available to address questions and provide support to students and families.

Will students have a common way to access their assignments and resources?

Yes. All classes will have schedules, assignments, and instructional supports and resources posted and turned in to Google Classroom.

Will students have additional resources and assignments provided to them each week?

Yes. Teachers will post weekly lesson plans and assignments in Google Classroom to supplement the live instruction component of their class.

Will the students have the opportunity to work/interact with other students in their class?

It depends. Teachers will determine the best methods to instruct students.

Will families be able to determine when their student can participate in live instruction and support?

To the best of our ability. Teachers will offer two “live” sessions daily, an AM and a PM session. Students will be assigned to attend either the AM or PM session to keep class sizes as balanced as possible. If there are circumstances that require changes to a student’s schedule, families may contact the school to discuss their request. Students receiving services or assigned to special classes will only be enrolled in AM instructional classes.

Will students be provided class time to participate in discussions with their classmates?

It depends. While there will be opportunities for students and teachers to have discussions, it will be at the teachers’ discretion how discussions are led. 

Will there be an established platform for teachers to communicate class requirements with students?

Yes. All teachers will establish a Google Classroom to post messages and share links to resources and assignments. Student progress will be reported in Aeries.

Will there be a common way students access and submit assignments?

Yes. All teachers will accept work submitted through Google Classroom.

Will students need to have internet connectivity and a device to access class content?

Yes. All students will need to access their schoolwork and “live” meetings via the Internet and a device. Chromebooks will be checked out to every student. A limited number of WiFi hotspots are available for families in need. Contact the Help Desk at 805.306.4500 Extension 4811, for more information.

REOPENING PLANS

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SUPPORTING VIRTUAL LEARNING

STUDENTS

  • Check Google Classroom for information on classes, assignments, resources daily.
  • Dedicate appropriate time to learning, based on recommendations or as guided by your teacher(s).
  • Ensure that you know your usernames and passwords for instructional resources that are posted in Google Classroom.
  • Identify a comfortable and quiet space to learn and study.
  • Engage in online learning activities being offered by your teachers and/or provided through online resources.
  • Submit all assignments by due dates established by your teacher(s).
  • Communicate with your parent/guardian regarding daily/weekly expectations and assignments.

TEACHERS

  • Develop high quality distance learning lessons/assignments for students that address course standards/benchmarks while balancing online learning, volume of work assigned, and student/teacher interaction.
  • Provide daily live instruction.
  • Provide weekly learning plans to students in Google Classroom by the start of instruction on the first day of each week.
  •  Use strategies for English Learners and provide appropriate accommodations for Special Education students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Section 504 plans, to the extent feasible.
  • Provide ways to communicate with and provide feedback to students, facilitate live and pre-recorded lessons, and answer student questions.
  • Provide instructional resources and materials through Google Classroom.
  • Invite parents/guardians to join their student’s Google Classroom.
  • Communicate regularly with parents and families regarding expectations and student progress; if students are not engaged in the lessons and assignments, teachers should contact parents and/or the school counselor/administrator.
  • Participate in professional development and virtual learning sessions intended to support distance learning, as applicable.

FAMILIES

  • Update parent/guardian information and permissions in your student’s Aeries account. (Contact school site for support.)
  • Assure that a mobile device and internet access are available at home. Chromebooks will be distributed to each student at the start of the school year. Contact your school site if there is a need for internet access for at-home use.
  • Monitor District communications (simivalleyschools@simivalleyusd.org) for up-to-date information regarding school closures, instructional continuation plans, and virtual learning resources. Please make sure this email address is in your “approved senders” list in your email program.
  • Visit the District website (www.simivalleyusd.org) for resources and up-to-date information on virtual learning.
  • Ensure that your children know their usernames and passwords for instructional resources and encourage their participation in virtual learning offerings.
  • Maintain communication with your children’s teachers and school counselor/site administrator.
  • Engage your children in conversations regarding assignments, classroom experience, assessments, and progress/performance.
  • Create a dedicated learning space for your student to participate in their lessons and complete assignments.
  • Monitor student time spent engaging in online and offline learning.
  • Support your children’s emotional balance by providing time for physical activity and play.
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Guarantees

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT VIRTUAL LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS

  • Daily instructional time with teachers.
  • Regular office hours for teacher contact.
  • A consistent schedule.
  • Consistent tools for classroom management and instruction.
  • All students will be assigned a Chromebook.
  • Attendance will be taken.
  • Assignments will be graded and will count just as during a “normal” school year

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
(Grades JK/TK to 5 and 6th grade on elementary school campuses)

  • Students will be assigned to a classroom/teacher at the start of the school year.
  • Teachers will offer two live sessions daily, a morning and afternoon session.
  • Teachers will offer two “live” sessions daily, an AM and a PM session. Students will be assigned to attend either the AP or PM session to keep class sizes as balanced as possible. If there are circumstances that require changes to a student’s schedule, families may contact the school to discuss their request.
  • There will be assignments provided online by the teacher, which will need to be accessed, completed and turned in online.

SECONDARY STUDENTS
(Grades 7 to 12 and 6th grades on middle school campuses)

  • All secondary students will take at least two classes at a time in approximately 6-week long sessions. By arranging the students’ schedules in this manner, the students will be able to fully focus on those two classes at a time, without the added pressures of juggling six or seven classes at once. (This is the model most summer school programs use.) By the end of the semester (December), each student will have completed all of their required classes for this first semester.
  • ​​​​​​​Teachers will offer two “live” sessions daily, an AM and a PM session. Students will be assigned to attend either the AP or PM session to keep class sizes as balanced as possible. If there are circumstances that require changes to a student’s schedule, families may contact the school to discuss their request.
  • Students will also have additional opportunities equivalent to periods 0, 7 or 8 during a “normal” school year.
  • Periods 0, 7, and 8 will meet daily before 8 a.m. (Period 0) or after 3 p.m. (Periods 7 and 8).
  • Teachers will provide assignments online, which will need to be accessed, completed and turned in online.