Grades 6-12

  • Santa Clara Unified’s distance learning program for secondary students include the following features of a high-quality program:

    • Students will be assigned to coursework that meets their individual needs in both core content areas and electives with highly qualified teachers
    • Students will have access to high-quality digital applications and resources including Chromebooks
    • Students will use new digital curriculum components for specific courses
    • Students will have a structured and consistent weekly block schedule
    • Each class period will include live instruction and class connections with the teacher 
    • Students with specific learning needs will receive tailored supports
    • The district and each school will provide more detailed information in the weeks ahead

Secondary Instructional Program

  • Structure

    Weekly Structure


    • Middle School: Periods 1-6
    • High School: Periods 1-7


    • Block schedule
    • Middle School: Periods 1, 3, 5 and periods 2, 4, 6
    • High School: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and periods 2, 4, 6

    Live Instruction

    Live instruction may include any of the following:

    • Class meetings
    • Whole class lessons
    • Small group lessons
    • Demonstrations
    • Discussions
    • Group work
    • Assessments

    *All cameras must be on during live instruction.

    Independent Learning

    Completing assigned work and projects in Google classroom

    Lesson Design


    Modes: Google Meet/Zoom, Google Classroom

    Essential Standards

    Essential Standards by content area
    All teachers:

    • Classroom/school wide distance learning expectations
    • Digital Citizenship
    • SEL/Trauma Informed Practices
    • Integrated ELD

    Instructional Resources

    District Approved Online Curriculum:

    • Textbook digital components
    • ALEKS
    • NewsELA
    • Typing Agent

    Sites may supplement with site purchased digital tools and resources


    Daily Formative Assessments and Feedback

    • Pre/post unit tests
    • Common assessments
    • Classroom observation
    • Assignment feedback/grading


    Standard grading will resume in accordance with board policy

    Small Group/1:1 Support

    During afternoon Student Support time. This is part of the school day and if assigned, students must attend.

    At-Home Materials Needed

    Regularly scheduled materials pick up times will be set by sites

    Learning Devices

    District Provided Chromebook

    • In order to minimize the need for technical support in accessing the needed learning platforms and curriculum, it is recommended that students use their district assigned Chromebook for instruction.
    • The student must have a camera on the device and must have it on during live instruction.


    Attendance recording will occur through your child’s daily meetings and interactions in Google Classroom with their teachers. Teachers and SCUSD will monitor attendance data to ensure that students are engaged in their learning and to follow up with families where there are concerns. If your child misses a daily class session or morning meeting, make-ups should be completed before the next class session in order to receive attendance credit.