Getting Started with Distance Learning

  • First, we hope that you and your family are staying healthy and following the “shelter in place” guidelines from Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials. These are dynamic and uncharted times. Information comes in rapidly and recent countywide and then statewide shelter-in-place orders are no exception. As superintendents across the county together determine the next steps for our school closure period, we are committed to providing you updates as soon as possible and to providing continuity of excellent education for our students until we can resume in-person learning.

    We have been preparing for distance learning, and we thrilled to "see" our students on Tuesday, March 24 for middle and high school students (grades 6-12), and on Monday, March 30 for elementary school students (grades PreK-5). 

    We know that our students may need to pick up materials from school, including Chromebooks. Middle and high school Chromebook pick up is available at your school site Monday, March 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Elementary schools will have Chromebook pick up opportunities available March 26 and 27 as follows:

    Thursday, March 26, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Chromebook Pick Up for the Following Schools

    • Bowers
    • Callejon
    • Hughes
    • Laurelwood 
    • Mayne
    • Montague
    • Scott Lane
    • Sutter
    • Westwood

    Friday, March 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Chromebook Pick Up for the Following Schools

    • Bracher
    • Braly
    • Briarwood
    • Central Park
    • Haman
    • Millikin
    • Pomeroy
    • Ponderosa
    • Washington Open

    If you need to pick up medication or other items from school, please email your school principal to make arrangements. If you do not have internet at home, Comcast is offering free internet (apply here) for two months with no credit check or contract.

    We want to be sure to support you, our students’ families, in this important transition. So, our staff has put together a Family Guide to support at-home learning as well as information about the daily learning schedule. For our students served by special education, we are still working out details on the service delivery model. The Special Education department is working closely with the county to develop the guidelines for adjustments to your services. As soon as we have details we will share with you directly through the department. 

    As we roll out our at-home learning plan, we would like to recognize that no online learning environment can possibly replicate the face-to-face classroom experience we’re used to in our schools. Our goal with providing at-home learning is to promote opportunities for students to engage in learning essential knowledge and skills that they will need to be successful when face-to-face classroom learning resumes. We further recognize that this transition will be new for students, families, and teachers. For the first two weeks, our plans will focus on shifting students to an online learning environment through the use of consistent tools and routines. Please be patient with us as the plans we have in place to support and encourage student learning may need to be adjusted and fine-tuned over time. We are all growing in this together! 

    We also encourage you to explore our Optional Learning Resources webpage to supplement and continue learning at home. In addition to the resources provided, you may consider playing cards, board games, cooking, and outdoor exercise!

    We will continue to provide updates to you as we have them. We appreciate your patience and partnership as we partner in the interest of our children and our community.

    For up to date information about coronavirus please visit our Coronavirus Updates webpage.