Update from AVUHSD
July 23, 2020
Opening of School- August 10, 2020
As you may be aware, Governor Newsom announced directives for schools last Friday. Any school district located within counties on the COVID-19 monitoring list must start the fall in distance learning. This means that the Antelope Valley Union High School District and all schools in the County of Los Angeles will open with the “At-Home” Distance Learning plan this fall. According to the governor’s directive, schools will be able to begin reopening following public health guidance indicating that their county has been off of the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. We will continue planning for a return to “At-School Learning” as soon as public health conditions allow and adequate resources are allocated by both the state and federal governments for the safe return to school.
AVUHSD staff has been working diligently over the past couple of months to prepare for multiple scenarios as students return to school, including “At-Home” Distance Learning. Because of this work, we will be able to offer our students a robust and rigorous virtual learning environment when we start school on August 10, 2020. Our “At-Home” Distance Learning model will be vastly different from the emergency distance learning we quickly pivoted to in March when schools initially closed physically.
Since June, we have:
Worked to develop a rigorous and engaging online curriculum
Developed a technical support website for students and parents to receive help in accessing our online classrooms
Worked to ensure all students will have access to a device and the internet by the start of school
Created structures to support all students’ diverse learning needs and make school fun again.
Our “At-Home” Distance Learning model will include regular attendance and participation in both live and prerecorded lessons and assignments, an emphasis on teacher-student engagement, daily interaction with peers, progress monitoring, grading, daily live interaction with teachers, challenging assignments, adopted lessons for English Language Learners and Special Education students, parent support, and ongoing professional development opportunities for teachers over the next month and throughout the school year.
Below is a sample weekly schedule of the “At-Home” Distance Learning model. As previously shared, times are subject to change.