Montgomery: Distance Learning

Montgomery High School

Viking Families,

MHS Distance Learning will begin on March 31, 2020. While I know most of us would prefer that learning occurs at school, distance learning still offers students an opportunity to engage with teachers during this time of crisis. We have a highly dedicated, well-educated staff who are available to support your students. I assure you that we will do our utmost to provide continued education for our students. Discussed below is an outline of how the process will work. Please keep in mind that as this crisis continues to evolve we are prepared to respond as needed to any changes and welcome communication from our families on what their needs are for their student’s education.

What is distance learning?

The California Department of Education defines distance learning as:

instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. This may include interacting through the use of computer and communications technology, as well as delivering instruction. Distance learning may include video or audio instruction in which the primary mode of communication between the student and instructor is online interaction, instructional television, video, telecourses, or other instruction that relies on a computer or communications technology. It may also include the use of printed materials incorporating assignments that are the subject of written or oral feedback.

How will my child know where to get assignments?

The central place where students will find their assignments and lessons are Google Classroom or other online platforms. Teachers will communicate to students as to what platform to use. All of our teachers should have online instruction in place and ready to go by Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The teachers can send notifications to the students’ Santa Rosa City Schools Gmail accounts. All students should have this account already. Students should log into online platforms no later than Wednesday morning to see their assignments. Some teachers have been emailing parents and students through Illuminate, our student portal, with information and instructions.

What is a typical schedule for a student?

Students should be engaged with daily learning. Teachers will post new assignments and updates, following a modified schedule that allows for teacher preparation time and communication with students and families which is shown below.
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If students have a question, how can they talk to their teacher?

Students can always ask a question using their Gmail. Our teachers are responsive, and they expect to interact with their students throughout the week. Additionally, teachers will have office hours Tuesday through Friday so that students have a guaranteed time where they can chat in real-time with any of their teachers.

I am concerned about the mental health of my student. What do I do?

We have many resources in Sonoma County. Our counseling page contains important links and contacts to local agencies. You can find the page here: Counseling Department Home Page

In addition, The Santa Rosa City Schools Integrated Wellness Center (IWC) will be staffing a “Warmline” for students and families who need support 707-890-3827. You can find more about the Wellness Center here: Integrated Wellness Center.

What if I have other questions you didn’t answer in this email?

All of our teachers, counselors, office staff and administrators are still reachable online, and we want to help. You can find any of us in the staff directory on our school webpage: Montgomery High School

How long will distance learning last?

How long will distance learning last?

We don’t know the answer to that. The Sonoma County Superintendents will meet before May 1, 2020, and decide on what the rest of the year may look like. We will continue to update you with the best information available to us.

Online learning represents a change in how we have delivered lessons. As we make our way forward, I thank you in advance for your patience and help. We all want our students to succeed.

Student Technology Survey

MHS wants to make sure students have access to a computer and the internet. Please let us know if your child has a computer he/she can use or if you need to borrow one from school.

We hope to get computers to those who need one next week. Technology will be distributed, as needed. Please help us by doing our Student Tech Needs Survey. Link: Student Survey


Connectivity: A number of local internet vendors are providing free or low-cost internet options to families.

Home Internet:

  • Sonic: During the COVID-19 outbreak, Sonic is offering three months of free internet access and unlimited nationwide home telephone service to households with K-12, college students, or senior citizens 60 or older. 1-888-766-4233
  • Comcast: You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others.

  • ATT: AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households: English: 1-855-220-5211 Spanish: 1-855-220-5225

Handy Tools:

Zoom Directions for Students - help students understand how to connect with teachers via Zoom

Calm Meditations - short audios that calm the nerves

Audible Stories - audio version of novels students may be assigned

Intro to Google Classroom - demonstration of Google Classroom to help parents understand what they are seeing

Illuminate Help - access point to get into your student’s portal

Common Sense Media - navigate the world of devices and electronics as a parent
Stay safe and take care.