2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Susanville School District, Distance Learning Guidelines

Distance Learning-

The Distance Learning Option will allow students to engage with a classroom teacher and their peers through a digital platform as well as through the use of paper instruction as required by the individual teacher.

New Mandates require a much more robust and involved process for engaging in distance learning; it will not resemble the distance learning that took place last spring during the emergency closure.

  • Families must have the Internet (WIFI) at home to participate.

  • Daily “live interaction” is required- teachers will have to connect with students each school day through online instruction and/or phone calls.

  • Student attendance is required- attendance and participation will be required daily.

  • Students must receive a minimum amount of daily instruction that can be met through a combination of teacher instruction and “time value” of work assigned (180 minutes per day for Kindergarten, 230 minutes per day for grades 1-3, and 240 minutes per day for grades 4-12).

  • Distance learning is available for those students that are medically fragile, “at-risk” to exposure, which may be required to quarantine or whose presence increases the risk for an “at-risk” family member.

  • Students that fail to participate or engage for 60% of the school week will be redirected through the District’s procedures in the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. Consequences could result in removal from distance learning and a return to “in-person” instruction.
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6th Grade Distance Learning

Mrs. Beyer will be the Distance Learning instructor for 6th Grade students who have chosen this option in a self-contained setting. Students must be available from 8:00- 1:00 daily to complete school work and be online as needed. Mrs. Beyer will set up a more detailed schedule with students before the school year begins.
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7th and 8th Grade Distance Learning Schedule

Courses for 7th and 8th Grade will be departmentalized. Students will need to log on as instructed by their teachers at the times assigned. More information will follow.
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Chromebook Pick Up for Distance Learning

Friday, Aug. 21st, 7:30am-3:30pm

850 Richmond Road

Susanville, CA

Educational Resources on the Chromebook

The Chromebook is managed by Google Apps for Education. Along with a login for the device, Google Apps provides online tools for writing, calculating, presenting, drawing, and many other applications. Your child may use these tools for a variety of purposes in classroom assignments. Google Apps can also be accessed with other devices or computers with an Internet (WiFi) connection. In addition to Google Apps, many teachers will begin using the Clever, a personalized portal with a single login for online programs and resources. Parents can also choose to receive updates and learn about their student’s classes.

Accessing the Internet at Home

The Chromebook is a web­based device. While some documents created at school may be edited offline at home, Internet (WiFi) access is important for full functionality. If wireless internet is not available at home, various locations in the community provide free wireless Internet. Students must have access to reliable internet for Distance Learning.

Care and Maintenance

Students are responsible for the general care of their Chromebook.

The Chromebooks are designed for school use and should be treated with care. Here are a few recommended precautions:

● Treat your Chromebook as you would any valuable electronic device.

● When not being used, store the Chromebooks in a secure place, out of sight.

● Don’t touch the screen, and be gentle with the keyboard, trackpad, and ports.

● Don’t add stickers or markings to the Chromebook.

● Don’t eat or drink near the Chromebook.

● Avoid extreme heat or cold.

● Do not lend your Chromebook to anyone.

● Report any damage to your teacher or school media center immediately.

Responsible Use

Digital citizenship is an essential 21st-century skill. During the school year, your teachers and library media specialist will be reviewing appropriate online behavior and acceptable use of resources. It’s essential to maintain a family dialogue about educational, recreational and social use of the Chromebook and other devices your student accesses. Chromebooks are connected to a network that is filtered for inappropriate material, but user responsibility is still the best way to avoid pitfalls in the online world. Remember Chromebook use is monitored.

Here are a few tips:

  • Use Internet devices in a central location at home, rather than behind closed doors. Help your student to focus on completing tasks and assignments before any recreational activities.
  • Help your student solve technical glitches by recording exactly what went wrong and when.
  • Ensure that your child understands that he or she should not give personal information to any person or any website without checking with an adult first.
  • Talk with your student about cyberbullying­­encouraging him/her to be kind and to communicate clearly online.
  • Advise your student that anything they post, text, or upload may be forwarded, copied, and published to anyone, including future education admissions offices and employers.
  • Only registered users in Susanville School District will be able to login to the Chromebook, and all usage can be monitored.

Tech Support

Tech Support will be available by contacting Mr. Zavala. Please reach out to him if you have any technical glitches.

He is available M-F 2:00- 4:00 PM.