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Distance Learning

Our goal is to provide families and students with academic resources to continue instruction during the COVID-19 school closures. Students will be interacting with their teachers using their AUSD email, Google Classroom, as well as Google Hangouts/Meet. Specific instructions will be given by each student's teachers.


Here you can view the California Department of Education Guidelines for Distance Learning.

The Distance Learning Block Schedule Plan (DLBSP) is designed to allow time for students to connect, engage, and learn while minimizing schedule conflicts, providing equity and access, and addressing unforeseen stressors. You can download the DLBSP Parent Guide below.

 


 

Weekly DISTANCE LEARNING Schedules

 


 

Resources


 


 

FAQ

Q: What is the Distance Learning Block Schedule Plan? Are there some examples of what this might look like for a student? 

Elementary Example:

  • Instructional Block
    • The student is expected to be in the Instructional Block according to their grade-level. During this time, the teacher is virtually connecting with students to provide instruction (i.e., assigning work through Google Classroom or by email, phone calls, posting videos, participating in a Google Hangout with students, etc.).  Students are expected to participate in the lessons and activities, be a good online citizen, and produce the work that is provided.
  • Wednesdays 12:15 - 3:00
    • This is a Student and Family Connections Block to respond to outreach from students and families in order to answer questions, clarify assignments, provide instructional support, etc. These are the main days and times to expect communication to your questions.  

Secondary Example:

  • Instructional Block
    • The student is expected to be in the Instructional Block according to the classes they were enrolled in on Friday, March 13.  During this time, the teacher is virtually connecting with students to provide instruction (i.e., assigning work through Google Classroom or by email, phone calls, posting videos, participating in a Google Hangout with students, etc.).  Students are expected to participate in the lessons and activities, be a good online citizen, and produce the work that is provided.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays 12:15 - 3:00
    • ​​​​​​​This is a Student and Family Connections Block to respond to outreach from students and families in order to answer questions, clarify assignments, provide instructional support, etc. These are the main days and times to expect communication to your questions.

 

Q: What if students do not have their textbooks or other necessary hard copies at home?

Students/Families can make an appointment with the principal to retrieve their books if needed.
 

Q: How does the District Acceptable Use Policy apply in this case for students? 
You can view our Acceptable Use Policy for Students here.
 


Q: How can students and parents get help with technology?
We have created parent and student tech support options:

 

Q: How can students access devices?
Families whose students do not already have access to a device at home can make an appointment through the district office if they need a device. They will make an appointment and pick up a Chromebook at designated areas. You may reach out via phone or email at 626-804-1970 and/or help.parent@azusa.org.

 

Q: How can a parent without internet access get access?
Parents may want to reach out to their phone or cable providers. Many have special offers during the response to COVID 19. The California Department of Education has provided further information for your consideration here.

 

Q: Do all students, Preschool through Grade 12, have a Google account?
Yes, all students PK-12th have a Google account.

 

Q: How can I get help with Google Classroom and Google Meet?
Take a look at the following links:

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Q: My student doesn't know their Google login information. How can I get it?
You can reach out to help.parent@azusa.org for login assistance.

Q:  What will SPED Services look like in the Distance Learning environment?
We note that the services we will provide in the Distance Learning setting will and must look different from the services provided in the school site setting.  Distance Learning creates a base for the program for all students, with Special Education services providing additional support. 

 

Q: How do I know when my Special Education student’s Instructional Block is?
All students, including those in Special Education programs, will participate in the Instructional Block provided by the teacher they receive core instruction from normally. At the elementary level this will be their classroom teacher. At the middle and high school levels they will participate in the subject blocks for each of the classes. For students in the Life Skills program, they will participate in instruction during their teacher’s instructional blocks. Teachers will communicate the scheduled time with students in their classes.

 

Q:  How often will my student’s case manager check in?  
Case managers will check in with their case list students at least once a week. Connections can occur during the Instructional Block for students with their Special Education teachers or during Student and Family Connections Blocks.

 

Q:  How are Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) handled?
Case managers will reach out to parents beginning the week of April 6th to schedule Annual and/or Triennial IEPs that are due. 

 

Q: If my student has related services in their IEP (i.e. Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Counseling) how will these be provided?
Service providers will individually reach out to families to set up times to provide at home suggestions and virtual supports related to the student’s IEP.

 

Q:  What if I think my child needs to be evaluated for an IEP?  
Please contact your child’s teacher to discuss additional ways your child can be supported in their regular school work during Distance Learning. Initial assessments and IEPs will be further considered and/or scheduled after schools reopen.
 

Q: When is the official first day of Distance Learning for students?
Distance Learning instruction begins on April 6, 2020.

 

Q: What are the expectations for assignments and class grades? 
Students are expected to participate in the lessons and activities, be a good online citizen, and produce the work that is provided. These activities are meant to engage and lead to an extension of learning. They are an opportunity for all students to improve their academic performance. Students can earn higher grades through Distance Learning. Grades will not be lower than before the start of Distance Learning. Work can only be used to raise a grade, not lower a grade.

 

Q: Will teachers take attendance? 
Teachers will not be taking official attendance, but they will be taking note of students who are not connecting. During the Student and Family Connection Block, staff will be reaching out to students and parents who are not connecting during their Instructional Block.

 

Q: Will we still have Spring Break as it was originally scheduled?
Yes, Spring Break is still scheduled for April 13th through April 17th.
 

Student Conferencing Guidelines

In order to create the best possible environment for student distance learning, there are guidelines for student conferencing that will set students up for success.