Distance Learning Information
A Message to our Families
We are thankful to our families for their continued support and flexibility as we plan and navigate these unprecedented times. As we begin the 2020-2021 school year in distance learning, our goal to educate and provide equitable, rigorous instruction has not changed. We are committed to your student’s educational career and also their social and emotional well being. This resource page provides links to information families can utilize at home to support their student being successful with distance learning at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. For distance learning, we have established one consistent bell schedule for all of our elementary schools and another consistent bell schedule for all of our secondary schools. Visit our daily schedule page for more information about what students should expect weekly. More detailed information is available from your school and/or child's assigned teacher(s).
Students are expected to participate in both synchronous (teacher and student working together) and asynchronous (teacher and student working independently) as established by each school. Teachers are available for student support during asynchronous instructional time. Different from when we experienced closure last spring, students are required to participate each day and grades will be assigned in a traditional scale. Please contact your school directly with any questions or for support related to distance learning.
2020-2021 School Started with Distance Learning
Due to Governor Newsom's order for schools to open with distance learning in counties that are on the COVID-19 County Watch List, San Jacinto USD started classes on Monday, August, 17th in a distance learning format. More information including students class assignments and schedules was provided from your child's school. Please make sure you complete the data confirmation process through Aeries Parent Portal so that your child's school has the current contact information.
Students Need a Chromebook or Similar Device
All students in grades TK through Grade 12 need a Chromebook or similar device. A student Chromebook will be issued from your child's school at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Returning students should have their Chromebook that was checked out to them last March when we entered closure due to COVID-19. Please contact your child's school directly to request a Chromebook or troubleshoot concerns with your current school issued Chromebook.
Google Classroom is a class-organization platform that incorporates Google's core G Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, and other Google products) so students can access everything they need for a class, including instructional lessons, group projects, files, and even a way to communicate with the teacher or the entire class. Students access their Google Classroom through our Clever Portal.
Google Meet is a video conferencing platform that allows teachers and students to communicate in real time, known as synchronous instruction. Google Meet allows teachers to invite their students to a live class setting through their Chromebook based on their district issues email address. Anyone trying to access the video conference without a valid San Jacinto Unified School District email address will not be able to join. You can learn more about Google Meet and their safety and security features by visiting their website.
Zoom Video Conferencing
Zoom is another video conferencing platform that allows teachers and students to communicate in real time, known as synchronous instruction. Zoom provides additional features not available through Google Meet such as breakout groups. Breakout groups allows teachers to create and monitor smaller students groups during class. For example, teachers can assign four students to a breakout group to collaborate about a specific topic or question. When students are in breakout groups, teachers have the ability to monitor what students are doing together, similar to in person instruction. Zoom is also set up that only teachers and students using their district email address will be able to join a Zoom class. You can learn more about Zoom and their safety and security features by visiting their website.
What is #SanJacLearns?
#SanJacLearns is a social media hashtag for teachers and students to share what they are learning. We want our students to be successful through distance learning and provide the following tips to help them reach their peak performance. Interested in learning more about the great things happening in our district? Search for #SanJacLearns through Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to see what others have shared.
Distance Learning FAQs
Please see below for answers to some of our frequently asked questions regarding distance learning.
Is my child required to participate in distance learning?
- Yes. All students are required to participate each day through either synchronous or asynchronous instruction.
What is synchronous instruction?
- Synchronous instruction is when the teacher and the student are working together at the same time. Some examples of synchronous instruction are holding a live Google Meet or Zoom class, participating in a conference call or working on a shared document such as a Google Doc or Form. For synchronous instruction, both the teacher and the student are present at the same time.
What is asynchronous instruction?
- Asynchronous instruction is when the teacher and the students are working separately and possibly at different times. Some examples of asynchronous instruction are when students are working on a class assignment or project at a time outside regular class time. For example, a student may work on an assignment and submit to the teacher in the evening. The teacher would then receive the student assignment then next morning and would be able to respond and provide feedback to the student through comments or an email. This is asynchronous because the teacher and the student are working independently at different times.
What should I do if I am having issues with my Chromebook?
- Please reach out directly to your child's teacher and/or school to receive support with district issued Chromebooks. There are staff available at each school to support students with the resources needed to participate in distance learning.
What should I do if I am having issues connecting to my child's class?
- Please reach out directly to your child's teacher and/or school to receive support with accessing distance learning. All students should connect to the distance learning classroom and resources through the Clever Portal. The Clever Portal provides links to everything students need online to participate in class.
CAASPP and ELPAC Practice Assessments
The online resources from Smarter Balanced can help your student practice their skills. Support for the English Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC).
The California Department of Education has provided a web page with the following page for educators and families:
We will continue to update our resources as they become available.
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