SFUSD Distance Learning
What Can Parents Expect during COVID-19 Closures
What is Distance Learning?
“Distance Learning” is when students engage in learning and make academic progress when they are not physically present in schools. This is accomplished using a variety of digital and print resources, and differentiated modes of interaction with teachers (and peers, when possible). How teachers engage students in distance learning is informed by the student’s access to technology and the internet.
What will instruction look like?
- Students who are in Pre-K, kinder, first, or second grades will use print-based learning kits. Each family should pick up a learning kit at any of the elementary schools listed on our website. Each family should expect a phone call from their teacher to provide lessons and activities for students to do using their learning kit. Some PK-2nd grade classrooms may also do some lessons and activities on computers or tablets or phones.
- Teachers of students in 3rd grade through 12th grade will also begin teaching lessons on Monday, April 16--mostly online. If your child is in 3rd - 12th grade but doesn’t have wifi and/or a computer, tablet, or phone at home, your school will communicate with you about receiving printed learning materials to do at home.
How much time will my child be engaged in Distance Learning on a given day?
Whether your child is a kindergarten student or a high school student, they should receive about 4 hours of school work to do each day. This includes lessons from the teacher, group projects with peers and independent activities that the teacher gives students to do.
How often will my child receive individual supports from their teacher?
Teachers will have regular interaction with each student 2-3 times per week to check on wellness and well-being and to support learning.
Will my child be given assessments?
- State tests have been suspended. Teachers may use online assessments or conversations over the phone to inform teaching and learning, to keep students and parents informed of student progress or areas for improvement.
- For any work that the teacher wants your child to turn in, students working with an electronic device can turn that work in using Google Classroom or SeeSaw. If your student is working with a learning kit at home, you can take a picture of your child’s work and text or email it to the teacher.
What if my child does not have access to technology?
We have distributed more than 8,600 Chromebooks to students so far and are continuing to deploy devices the week of April 13!
For information on how students can get a device for learning go to sfusd.edu/device. We are deploying Chromebooks primarily to students in 3rd - 12th grades. If your child is in 3rd - 12th grade but doesn’t have wifi and/or a computer, tablet, or phone at home, your school will communicate with you about receiving printed learning materials to do at home.
Will I receive communications in my home language?
Yes. There is a Family Digest Update related to school closures that goes out every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in multiple languages.
If my child has an IEP, what types of services will they recieve?
If your child has an IEP, the teacher, working with Special Education teachers and other resource teachers, will modify the lessons according to your child’s IEP through or will provide language support. Special Education teachers will connect with each family to develop a Distance Learning Plan.
Family Partnership in Distance Learning
Make life as predictable as possible - we are creatures of habit
- Create Daily Rituals
- Maintain a schedule where your child gets enough sleep
- Check-in with your child to see how they are feeling throughout the day
- Talk with your child about your daily rituals will be. Name the things you like to do together and try to make that part of your daily routine.
- Create a structure for the day by creating a ritual to signal start and end of distance learning part of the day
- Engage in conversation about what they are learning and if they have questions
- Make a list with your child on questions for their teacher(s)!
Demonstrate flexibility - we all need a little give & take!
- Be flexible on the amount of time spent on an activity
- Whenever possible, let your child have a say in what activity or how much time they spend on an activity
- Ask them what time of day do they feel more ready to engage
- Schedule movement and healthy snack breaks (every 30-60 mins)
- Take virtual field trips
- Social and Emotional Learning + Distance Learning for Middle and High School
- Elementary Health Ed SEL Resources and Tips
Make family-centered choices
- Take time to focus on what is important and matters for your family
- Practice patience with your child and yourself
- Enjoy family time
Keep human connection
- Decide on how you and your child will connect with others such as teachers, other parents, friends and family members
Tips for daily activities
- Set a time to review the material needed for activities that are assigned by the teacher. Contact your teacher if you need support in getting materials together
- Choose activities that can be done alone or together daily or 3-4 times a week!
- Examples: reading and listening to non-fiction books, sorting magnetic letters, cut out words in magazines that start with simliar vowel sounds and sort them
- Play word games like: Boggle, Bingo, Taboo or Heads Up
- Play math facts games or card games (ex. Go fish, card match)
- Explore puzzles, draw maps, play checkers or chess
- Give child choice in watching educational programming
- Read SFUSD Updates and explore the Distance Learning Resources provided on www.sfusd.edu
Week of April 13 and Beyond
Students learn from their teacher during teacher-guided lessons.
Teachers will teach and communicate with students regularly in various ways.
Printed materials will be available to families that do not have computers or internet access.
SFUSD school sites will remain closed through the end of the school year (June 2, 2020) and instruction will be delivered to every student through interactive teacher-led learning starting April 13.