Distance Learning
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How will the school share learning experiences with families? 

All teachers will use Google Classroom and WebEx with predictable weekly patterns for instruction, assignments, and office hours for check ins.  Our teachers and administrators will respond to all emails from learners and parents as soon as possible and we are prioritizing being responsive to our community through our website, broadcasts, mail, social media, and through teachers.  

How will learning experiences in the early years be designed for distance learning? 

Teachers are experts at creating active and engaging lessons at the appropriate developmental level.  They may host meetings for a circle to practice calendar time, share a video of someone reading aloud, or have hard copies mailed to your house for practice.

How will I know that my child is staying on track with their learning? 

There are many ways in which DJUSD teachers will be involved in monitoring the progress of students and sharing this information with families. Your child’s teacher is still providing feedback through our various digital platforms and will follow up with families where there are concerns.  

What if my child has an IEP or receives Special Education services? 

Special Education staff will be in regular contact with the students/families they serve and they will continue to support the individual needs students on their caseloads to ensure access to the general education curriculum.  In addition, staff will work towards IEP goals, as possible, during Distance Learning.
Because IEPs goals and services are individualized and take into account the services that are available at the time of the plan’s writing, some elements of a student’s IEP may be impossible to achieve in the current public health crisis.
 
The DJUSD Special Education Department will continue to review and follow guidance from state and Federal officials about Special Education in a Distance Learning setting and communicate with families as to this guidance.  
 
Distance Learning Professional Development prioritized the intentional use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to plan for the successful inclusion of Special Education students.  Additionally, the Distance Learning Headquarters website has specified accessibility features for using technology.
If you have specific questions please contact your child’s case manager. 


What if my child is receiving English Learner Support?

Instruction and support for English Learners will continue during distance learning.  Our English Learner Specialists, Para Educator staff, and teachers will be routinely available to support the individual learning and social emotional needs of all our English learners.  In addition, our English 
English Learner staff will focus on supporting classroom instruction and making core content accessible. Much of the support that our English students need are at an individual level and very specific to their proficiency in English, which will require small group instruction and high level of support which all of our English learner staff are well trained and ready to provide.  
   
The DJUSD English Learner Department will continue to review and follow guidance from state and Federal officials about supporting English learners in a Distance Learning setting. We will continue to communicate with families and staff any changes to these guidelines .  
Distance Learning Professional Development prioritized the intentional use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to plan for the successful inclusion of English learners.  Additionally, the Distance Learning Headquarters website has specified accessibility features and resources to further support English learners. 
If you have specific questions please contact your child’s site English Learner Specialist.

What are the expectations for teaching standards? 

Teachers have identified the most critical standards for this spring. Transition to distance learning includes a focus on those standards and less focus on supplemental standards.

How are students held accountable for learning and what is expected time for students to spend learning each day?

Having weekly assignments, projects, video check-ins, projects are all ways to assess learning. Our focus is on the critical standards needed in each content area. Give yourself and your students plenty of grace during this time. Everyone is adjusting and many have multiple roles at home and we expect that fall of next year will be different for all grade levels
Time in Directed Instruction and independent work depends upon the grade level. Please see the guidelines under each grade level for an idea of minutes teachers are using to guide their plans.


How will grades work?

We have received a variety of questions about our grading policy. This transition to remote learning is new to students and to our teachers, and the development of lessons, delivery of content, creation of assignments, and grading of those assignments is very different in our Distance Learning environment. As such, we have based our Spring Semester Pass/No Pass grading approach on our closely held value of equity. A Spring Semester Pass/No Pass in this transition to Digital Learning means teachers have the space and time to adapt and meet student needs and we can account for the inequitable learning conditions that the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated.
  • Elementary Grading
    Grades for assignments will be part of our Distance Learning and teachers have discretion to provide individual comments, completion marks, Pass/No Pass, A-F grades or numerical grades on assignments. Because this unique teaching and learning context makes accurate assessments and measurements of the 40-50 specific standards on the Elementary report card difficult, families can expect to receive feedback on student progress through a “Report Card Addendum” that will be included with the Trimester 3 report card. The Report Card Addendum will assess student participation in Distance Learning activities and include a teacher comment section indicating student strengths and areas of growth during the entire 2019-20 school year.
  • Secondary Grading
    Students can expect that grading for assignments will be an aspect of our Distance Learning program and teachers have discretion to provide Pass/No Pass, A-F grades or numerical grades for individual assignments. At the end of Quarter 4, every student will receive a Pass/No Pass grade for both Quarter 4 and the Spring Semester in lieu of a traditional letter grade. High school students will receive credit toward graduation and college admission for all courses. For more information about college and grading, please visit the Distance Learning Center 10-12 website.

What do we know about graduation, grading, and college admissions?

DJUSD  is committed to ensuring that all students are able to continue with their post-graduation plans and are not adversely affected by the school closures.   In a joint statement from the California Department of Education, State Board of Education, and Colleges and Universities they affirmed that they support a diverse range of distance learning strategies, flexible grading strategies, adjustment of local graduation requirements.  Higher education has assured our communities that they are not including  winter/spring/summer grades from 2020 into GPA calculations and are willing to accept grades that are credit/no credit in lieu of letter grades for A-G courses completed in winter/spring/summer of 2020.  See their detailed communications below.

 

Has the College Board provided updates on SAT’s or AP testing?

May SAT administration has been cancelled and institutes of higher education have agreed to “hold harmless” students who had planned to test in May. The college board will be making AP testing at home an option and providing online classes for test preparation. Please view the following links for more information: