Next Week — Launching Distance Learning!
March 19, 2020
Dear SCUSD Families and Students,
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 this week’s county-wide order to shelter-in-place is no exception. I want to remind you that you can find credible resources and updates on our website at www.santaclarausd.org. On our website, you will also find the most current information about access to free breakfast and lunch for students, optional learning resources for home, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The purpose of this message is to inform you of the details of our distance learning plans for students. We have been preparing for distance learning, and I am thrilled to announce that we will officially launch next week 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 pick up is available at your school site Monday, March 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Elementary schools will have pick up opportunities available starting Wednesday, March 25. Schools will communicate the details directly to you. To help us prepare for your distance learning needs, please complete our technology survey by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.
Most importantly, 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, staff is finalizing a parent resource guide to support at home learning as well as information about the daily learning schedule. This will be ready and available on Monday, March 23. Be sure to watch out for a message from me on Monday.
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. I promise you that 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!
I also encourage you to explore our Optional Learning Resources webpage to supplement and continue learning at home. In addition to the resources provided, I encourage you to 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 webpages.
Stella M. Kemp, Ed.D.