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OUSD board gets update on start of school Wed., Sept. 9

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On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Ojai Unified school board members wlll get an update on how the start of the new school year is going.

Schools started their full distance learning schedule Aug. 31.

 

The update will be given at the board's videoconference meeting starting at 5:30 p.m.
The PowerPoint presentation on the update, is available at:
The entire meeting agenda can be viewed at:
Public comments may be made at the meeting by submitting them on this form either prior to, or during the meeting:
 

The meeting may be viewed live via OUSD YouTube video at:

Join via District YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/user/adminojaiusdorg
 

Or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ojaiusd.org

Roll call is taken daily in the schools on the Canvas learning platforms for students (except for those enrolled in OUSD Homeschool or "Nordhoff Online" and "Matilija Online" independent study programs).  

 Along with pencils and papers, this year, students need their usernames and passwords.

 

Those having difficulties are asked to fill out a HELP form at:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWB29C67SLn0mGP0StPpRdGgUp90rRr6jb2HT3ydVT51kdQg/viewform .

On that form, include your best contact information, and OUSD tech folks will reach out to assist.

Call your school if you still need a "hot spot" to connect to wifi and/or a chromebook laptop.

For more information on how to log in to Canvas, visit the OUSD Parent Support page at https://www.ojaiusd.org/page/parent-support."

 For information on logging in to Canvas, visit:

Instructions for students to log in to Canvas are:

In English, HERE

en Español, AQUI

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In Canvas, there will be:
— A link to daily assignments.
— The weekly schedule.
— A link to teachers' Zoom Rooms.

Students and families are encouraged to visit Canvas before Monday to try out the links.

Instructions for students to log in to Canvas are:

In English, HERE

en Español, AQUI

 

If you have any issues, please fill out a HELP form HERE

Orientation activities are as follows on this graph:

 

 

For parents/guardians to be able to obseve their children's academic progress, they can create a "parent observer" account. 

There is a video on how it works at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_mNT24hNeSvznWSI3B_oHb99G7HAMRvG/view

 

Transitional kindergarten/kindergarten/1st-grade learning plans

and  daycare for "ABC Club" for TK/K/1

and in grades 2-8

8 15 20 daycareTo sign up for the school district's on-campus childcare programs, visit:

 ABC Club (daycare for students in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade): Here

Daycare form for students in second to eighth grade: Here 

 


Here is the updated information (as of Friday, Aug. 21) on the daily schedule and learning for students in grades transitional kindegarten/kindergarten/ first grade and ABC Club. You can view the update:

in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY25swo_zbw

(Read a transcript of the superintendent explaining TK/K/1 instruction and ABC Club daycare at the end of this article.)

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OUSD reports it is still working with the licensing agency on childcare for grades 2-8 and hopes to have an update soon.

Frequently asked questions about OUSD daycare are available:

In English: Here
En Español: Here

Information on OUSD's Homeschool plans

In English, HERE

\En Español, AQUI

 

To request technology assistance

 

Fill out the HELP form: HERE

 

Free breakfast/lunch for students available now for pick up Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 Sign up for free or reduced-price school meals —

Meals are free till Dec. 31

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To apply for free or reduce-price school meals AND be eligible for free or discounted OUSD child care:

Log in at https://ojai.vcoe.org/fsonline/Main/Login or fill out the paper application that has been mailed to OUSD families in English and Spanish, and return it in the self-addressed, stamped envelope that was sent. Deadline is Sept. 30. The lower cost for meals, reflected in the graphic above, is based on eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. 

Meal distribution began Aug. 26 at all elementary schools and Nordhoff High School. (Meals will NOT be available at Matilija Middle School for the time being.) Meals can be picked up on Monday and Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Offered will be two breakfasts and lunches on Monday; and three breakfasts and lunches on Wednesday.

Breakfast and lunch are offered to students who choose to participate in the OUSD meal program. Every meal, cooked from scratch, includes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain-rich items, lean proteins, and low-fat or fat-free milk. OUSD states in a press release: "Our staff follows practices mandated by the Ventura County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Those needing assistance in completing the application or who have a question can call  the Nutrition Services Department at 805-640-4300, ext. 1079, or go to the website at www.OjaiUSD.org/NutritionServices .

For more information:

In English, HERE

En Español, AQUI

  

 

For more information about anything, families are asked to call their school:

Here are some contact numbers/emails:

Nordhoff High School: 805-640-4343

Principal David Monson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Chaparral High School / Adult Education:

805-640-4330, ext. 1960

Principal Javier Ramirez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Matilija Middle School: 805-640-4355

Principal Chris Murphy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Topa Topa School: 805-640-4366

Principal Dawn Damianos: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Meiners Oaks School: 805-640-4378

Principal Theresa Dutter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Mira Monte School: 805-640-4384

Principal Katherine White: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

San Antonio School: 805-640-4373

Principal Robin Monson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Summit School: 805-640-4300

Principal Robin Monson: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

A Place to Grow Preschool: 805-640-4300, ext. 1060

Special Education: 805-640-4300

Director Katrina Madden: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 OUSD Administration: 806-640-4300

Superintendent Tiffany Morse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Elected OUSD School Board members:

Shelly Griffen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Jane Weil: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Kevin Ruf: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Thayne Whipple: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Michael Shanahan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

FINALLY, here in one (long) spot are OUSD plans for the

epic start of school in 2020:

 

Fasten your seatbelts. Ojai Unified School District students start school on Monday, Aug. 24, with attendance taken during Orientation Week Aug. 24 to 28. Full distance learning starts Aug. 31. (See chart on this page.)

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8 14 SCHEDULE Spanish copyHere, in one place, are many of the web links available on the OUSD website, www.ojaiusd.org and  https://www.ojaiusd.org/page/fall-reopening-plan

There's a lot of information, but try to read through to the end to know all the options.

If you do not live in the Ojai Unified School District boundary and want to enroll your children in OUSD schools, apply for an (interdistrict) transfer, print and fill out the form in English, HERE; and in Spanish, HERE. Email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail them to
Administration, 414 E. Ojai, Ave., Ojai, CA  93023.

 Important Links

OUSD phone number: 805-640-4300

Help form if you are requesting assistance with support services such as food, housing, clothing or transportation, mental-health services,the OUSD online learning platform called Canvas, or other technology help, click Here:

Ojai Family Fund helps provide to families in need resources such as food, sports funds, school supplies, computers, Internet access, bikes transportation, etc. For assistance, click Here 

To donate to Ojai Family Fund: click Here

For more information about Ojai Family Fund, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mental-health services:

To visit OUSD’s mental health resources, page, visit:

Beginning Aug. 24, families can schedule an appointment by using the scheduling platform at:
 

Fall Reopening Overview English: Click Here 

Reunion de Reapertura en Español: Click aquî

Narrated Fall Reopening Overview — this a recorded version of the  information presented in the TownHall meetings: Here

Technology Request Form: Here 

Elementary home school registration form: Here

Secondary (Middle/High School) home school registration form: Here

ParentSquare: Those who are not yet signed up for the OUSD parent app called ParentSquare — which is the primary OUSD communication tool — or who cannot access it are asked to call their school to get signed up. If they are unable to reach someone at their school, the OUSD district phone number is 805-640-4300. It is used for most OUSD communications, so if you don't sign up for it, you will miss out on a lot of important information regarding OUSD events, announcements, deadlines and much more.

Learn more about ParentSquare at: https://www.ojaiusd.org/page/parent-information

Parentconnect: An online portal into the district's student information system. It can be used to access your child's enrollment, school lunch account balances, class schedules, and student gradebooks (in certain grades). To register for ParentConnect: Click link here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yXWqQwDaHQf5Ngtq4SNSsLjtiirq3PKIP2Xe9JLVZqY/edit

If you are already registered, Visit ParentConnect here: https://ojai.vcoe.org/parentconnect/

Canvas parent/observer: Canvas is the online learning platform OUSD is utilizing for distance learning. Canvas will be live for Orientation Week, Aug. 24-28. Parents/guardians should have received their child's schedule Aug. 14 to 18, along with information on passwords and logging into Canvas. 

Set up your parent/observer account at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QjVp92mIivGfpCj-2nVR3sXAma_HxhY9/view

There is also a video on how it works at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_mNT24hNeSvznWSI3B_oHb99G7HAMRvG/view

If you already have a parent/observer account, access it at:
https://ojaiusd.instructure.com/login/canvas

 

Phased reopening

Aug. 31: GO — Full distance learning starts. 

Contact your student's school site, check the OUSD messaging app called ParentSquare, or

For more information, in English, visit: bit.ly/ReOpSCHED_Eng or

en Español, visit: bit.ly/ReOpSched_Sp

(Get Ready week was Aug. 24-28. Info for that week was provided in English at bit.ly/ReOpSCHED_Eng; and en Español at: bit.ly/ReOpSched_Sp)

 

Frequently asked questions

 about start of school; school schedules; return to campus when allowed

 In English: Here

En Español: Here

 

Frequently asked questions about support services

General assistance, meals, counseling and school supplies

In English: Here

En Español: Here
  

Frequently asked questions 

about distance learning, technology, and homeschool
 
In English: Here
En Espanol: Here

OUSD learning options

Among OUSD options for learning are:

* Distance learning: Teacher-led instruction. (For description, read below.)

** Homeschool option: Parent-led instruction. (For description, read below.)

 

OUSD describes istance learning and homeschool options:

—  Distance learning: *

• Daily schedule, including live instruction on Zoom.
• Students participate in whole-group, small-group and individual instruction with teachers.
• Students will transition to Phase 2 hybrid model when in-person instruction is possible.
("Hybrid model" means instruction in person on campus and online when the Ventura County Public Health officer states area schools may reopen.)
• Curriculum designed by OUSD teachers.
• Balance of pencil-paper and online curriculum.
• Assignments submitted to and reviewed by OUSD teachers.

—  Homeschool option: **

• Parent check-in with teachers weekly.
• Parents are responsible for daily schedule and live instruction.
• Students can transition to Phase 2 hybrid mode when students can return to school or remain in homeschool.
("Hybrid model" means instruction in person on campus and online when the Ventura County Public Health officer states area schools may reopen.)
• Curriculum designed by OUSD teachers.
• Balance of pencil-paper and online curriculum.
• Assignments submitted to and reviewed by OUSD teachers.

OUSD describes the home school option:

— Intended for students who want to stay with their traditional class, but do not want structured, daily Zoom meetings. Assignments are submitted weekly.
— Traditional curriculum is assigned by classroom teachers through the online learning program called Canvas, and progress is monitored by parents.
— It is available only through distance learning.
— There are weekly parent check-in meetings in elmentary school. There are regularly scheduled parent check-in meetings for middle school and high school students.
— There are no on-campus activities.
— Parents and students wanting this option are asked to fill out the "Homeschool Enrollment" form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGj8ESUnhh1jcwqezq6wA900QL1UD59m0jJb9FYiiWfo70RQ/viewform

 

Superintendent discusses how school will start 

To view a video of OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse providing an overview of recent information sessions on the start of school, with Spanish-language subtitles, visit:
 

 

Special education Fall Distance Learning plans

Those with question questions about special education may contact Assistant Superintendent Sherrill Knox and Director of Special Education Katrina Madden via email:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Katrina Madden at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

  

Distance Learning model schedules

Grades 1-5 English: Here

Español: aqui

 

Matilija English: Here
 
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Nordhoff English: Here

 
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Matilija Online and Nordhoff Online ***

 

— Nordhoff High School and Matilija Middle School students also have the option of taking independent study courses through Nordhoff Online and Matilija Online.
Nordhoff Online and Matilija Online are for students who want a more flexible schedule. Matilija Middle School is the OUSD middle school for grades 6 to 8.
Nordhoff Online is for Nordhoff High School students.
Nordhoff Online students enrolled in this program will take the majority of their courses through an online platform called Edgenuity **** and will still have the option of taking electives and enrolling in activities and sports at Nordhoff.  For more information, contact Principal Dave Monson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
Matilija Online students  enrolled in this program will take the majority of their courses through an online platform and will still have the option of taking electives and enrolling in activities and sports at Matilija. For more information, contact Principal Chris Murphy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To register for Nordhoff Online or Matilija Online:
 Current OUSD students who want to attend Matilija Online or Nordhoff Online are asked to submit an Intradistrict form:
 
 

Note "School of Residence" as your child's current school at OUSD, and "School Requested" as either "Nordhoff Independent Study" or "Matilija Independent Study."

Matilija Online and Nordhoff Online are not the same as the regular distance-learning option. As the superintendent explained to the school board on July 22: “With Matilija Online and Nordhoff Online, you're not staying with your class and you're not staying with your teacher. You’re enrolled in a completely separate program that is almost entirely online, if not entirely online, so you are using Edgenuity, and then whatever the program selected at Matilija is, so you can complete your program kind of at your own pace; whereas, in the distance learning model, the teacher is providing Canvas and they're providing lessons and they're grading the classmates. lessons and you’re really staying on track and on pace with your classmates.

“Matilija Online and Nordhoff Online are really more true independent study programs."

At Matilija Online and Nordhoff Online, a teacher will be assigned to monitor progress face to face or virtually. Check in is required daily, but may be adjusted, based on student performance. Students may choose to take up to two classes with OUSD teachers and participate in sports or activities.

The online learning program for Nordhoff Online is ****Edgenuity, which is approved a-g curriculum, which means students who utilize it will be eligible to apply  to schools in the University of California or California State University systems. 

Choosing this program is a yearlong commitment.  

 

For Summit School (TK-12th grade);  Chapparal (continuation high school), and A Place to Grow Preschool, enrolled students will receive individualized information directly.

 

Summit School (FULL with WAITLIST)

— Summit School, a non-classroom-based program, offers homeschool/independent study via distance learning for students in TK to 12th grade. It is full and there is a wait list to enroll. 

For a more-indepth description of the homeschool/independent study program, visit: https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/ois/page/student-and-parent-profile

Summit School is for transitional kindergarten to 12th grades, providing an individualized program for each student, with parent and teacher collaboration. According to the OUSD website: “We will be using a possible combination of online learning, project-based activities and traditional curriculum."

Customized curriculum programs include Saxon Math, Edgenuity****, Headrush (project-based learning), and Zearn. Students can participate in an enrichment program or electives offered through the online curriculum Edgenuity, or Nordhoff High School or Matilija Middle School, if space is available.

OUSD last year paid approximately $360 a month for each Summit-enrolled student who chose to, to attend two days for free at the Rock Tree Sky enrichment program (http://www.rocktreesky.org), which will also be provided with distance learning while Ventura County remains on the state watch list for COVID-19.

To be places on the wait list for Summit School, 12525 Ojai Road in Upper Ojai, families are directed to go to https://www.ojaiusd.org/page/fall-reopening-planHowever, the school is full and the web link to enroll does not work. So, for more information, contact Principal Robin Monson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and visit: https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/ois/page/principal-message.

(****Edgenuity is approved a-g curriculum, which means students who utilize it will be eligible to apply  to schools in the University of California or California State University systems.) 

 

Chaparral High School 

Chaparral High School, located on OUSD headquarters, is an alternative educational experience for students who aspire to learning in a non-traditional environment, according to Principal Javier Ramirez, who is also director of Ojai Adult Education. For several years prior, the popular principal headed Matilija Middle School. He stated in his Principal Message on the Chaparral High School website: "Our staff offers all students a positive learning environment where they can receive a quality education. We provide a program of educational excellence, which motivates, inspires, and encourages each student to attain the highest level of personal and academic achievement.

"With our 'Make a Plan, Develop the Skills, Choose Your Future' focus, Chaparral High School equips its students with every opportunity to succeed."
 He can be reached by phone at 805-640-4330, ext. 1960, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
  

A Place to Grow Preschool

— The preschool is located on OUSD headquarters at the corner of Ojai Avenue and Montgomery Street. Its website is: https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/a-place-to-grow/page/enrollment 

 

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OUSD graph showing the school district's "homeschool/independent study/distance learning options."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OUSD graph in Spanish showing the school district's "homeschool/independent study/distance learning options."

  

Internet access


Although Ojai Unified has been delivering free "hot spot" access points to ensure students and families have Internet access, in some areas of our community, Internet access via a provider offers better bandwidth and service.

Please review an ongoing offer from the Access from AT&T program, below. If your family needs help with these costs, please fill out a Family Fund application here: 

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https://www.ojaiusd.org/page/family-fund, and contact OUSD's Family Fund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Low-cost Internet access

AT&T is expanding its Access from AT&T program, which provides home internet access to qualifying California households with at least one resident who receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Supplemental Security Income

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(SSI) benefits for $10 a month.
AT&T does not charge a fee to apply or process applications and no deposit is required to establish Internet service under the program.

Additionally, in response to COVID-19, Access from AT&T is temporarily:
— Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch

 

 

Program/Head Start.

 

— Waiving all home Internet data overage fees.

More details at att.com/access  or call 1-855-220-5211 

 

Transportation

Transportation will not be provided for the phase one distance learning model; and transportation for when campuses reopen for school has yet to be determined, according to OUSD officials.

 

School sports

 

web 2020 21 CIF Sport Calendar copyHigh school sports will not start until December or January, according to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). 

However, when Nordhoff High School sports do start again, students who plan to participate in Nordhoff sports must have their Athletic Clearance completed.

They can do so by making an appointment with a primary-care physicians to get a sports physical, and by completing the online registration through: 

 

Nordhoff will not be hosting the Physicals Fundraiser this year.

OUSD is requesting that the parents or doctor’s office fax the physical form to the OUSD office at 805-640-4336 or email it as a pdf attachment to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
 

Once the physical and online information has been verified, the student will be cleared for sports participation.

 

A copy of the OUSD Physical Form is available at:

Youth sports training and conditioning are now permitted in Ventura County, with continued prohibitions on activities that involve contact, and other restrictions, county health officials announced Aug. 6.

Under guidance released by the California Department of Public Health, training, conditioning and physical education are now allowed when the activities include continuous physical distancing and the same children at each meeting.

Teams, classes and other youth sports activities that involve contact, competitive or team play are still banned, according to a news release from Ventura County Public Health.

Under the state order, team sports such as football, baseball, volleyball and soccer are currently prohibited, while sports such as surfing, singles tennis, golf and singles rowing are allowed if done outdoors with 6-foot physical distancing.

In addition, all indoor and outdoor sporting events, assemblies and other activities that require close contact or promote congregating are prohibited.

Further, since Ventura County is on the state’s monitoring list due to elevated case rates of COVID-19, all sports activities including conditioning, training and physical education must be done outdoors.

Though youth sports conditioning and training are now permitted under certain conditions, adult, amateur team sports are currently not allowed, under the state guidelines.

Any team or group doing youth sports training must register under Youth Sports at www.vcreopens.com   and follow the state-issued guidelines, the county release stated.

 

 
OUSD Superintendent Tiffany Morse provided updates on instruction for OUSD students in transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade. This is a transcript of the video on the schedule of activities for those grades ( in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY25swo_zbw):
 

I want to provide you with an overview of the options for our TK/K and 1st-grade families. The first option is the default option and that is homeschool support.

TK/K/1 students automatically enrolled in homeschool support

All families are automatically enrolled in homeschool support for TK/K and first grade. Homeschool support includes weekly and daily schedules provided by teachers in Canvas (an online learning platform). You also have recorded lessons as well as an option to have live Zoom meetings. There are both packet and online materials provided, as well as pencil-and-paper activities.

 

Really, we want to make sure that students are not on screen all day, so we have lots of activities materials workbooks that are available for students so that they're not just looking at a screen all day.

 

We do have a program called SeeSaw ( https://help.seesaw.me/hc/en-us/articles/115003713306-What-is-Seesaw- )where students submit their assignments. It's a very fun program for our little learners and they love it. We have optional individual and small-group Zoom meetings with students and then on a weekly basis. We have parent support provided through either group Zoom, individual Zoom, email or phone calls.

 

So, in this homeschool model, families check in on a weekly basis with the teacher. It's a little bit different than our distance-learning and our homeschool models for our second- through fifth-graders.

 

In this model, really the parents are providing that weekly connection with the teacher, and all Zooms are optional, not mandatory. If this works for your family, that’s great.

ABC Club daycare and extended learning for TK/K/1st grade students

 If you need a little bit more, we also have daycare and extended learning through our ABC Club.

 

We are now able to offer the ABC Club on every campus, on every elementary campus for 16 hours a week.

 

In this model, we follow all the daycare safety protocols and we have socially distanced groups of 12 students.

 

We use our current Ojai Unified staff members. Our instructional aides are there and able to help students, and it's free of charge for all families. While students are in the ABC Club, they have some extended learning time, and then they also are working on their homeschool curriculum, supported by our staff in the ABC

Club. 
ABC Club programming will start Aug. 31

We'll be having pods held at Topa Topa, Meiners Oaks, Mira Monte and San Antonio. All ABC Club programming starts on Aug. 31. Students will be working on their homeschool curriculum with our staff member and we'll also be following all safety protocols. So all students and teachers wear masks on campus. We have hourly sanitization of restrooms and playground equipment and we follow social-distancing protocols.

 

We're lucky that we were able to pilot this over the summer with kindergarten kids and so we know it works well. 

If you filled out an interest form for ABC Club, next you have to fill out a registration form

If you signed up for the ABC Club through an interest form, we will be sending you a registration form through ParentSquare (a messaging app for parents/guardians). The registration form is the legal paperwork required for your student to enroll in this program. 

If you're in Option 1 in the homeschool support, you will have a schedule that looks much like the ABC Club.

Schedule

Here's a sample of what your schedule might look like Monday through Friday:

 

The ABC Club opens at 8 a.m. for students to arrive. They can arrive any time between 8 and 9 we will have extension activities; breakfast, maybe music or art or recess available for students during this time so that they can have a soft start into the school day.

 

The school day starts at 9 and we have an optional whole-class Zoom for our families who are on homeschool support. You can join the Zoom with your teacher, but you don't have to. 

 

For our students who are on ABC Club, they'll be joining the whole-class Zoom.

 

This 40-minute block of time is not intended to be spent on Zoom the entire time. The teacher will introduce a lesson and then students will have independent activities. So, for example, if we have a journal topic — and maybe it's about bugs — then in the whole-class Zoom, the teacher would introduce the journal topic and then maybe students go outside and find a bug and draw a picture and write a word about it. 

Then they would come back together potentially and share what they did with their whole class. So it's intended to really be a mix of screen time and then independent time that's not based on the screen. We have a little bit of break from 9:40 to 9:50 and then we have our core instruction block. 

 

Here we again have an optional Zoom and activities with the teacher or you can have our pre-recorded instruction and activities that are provided by the teacher and you can do those at your convenience.

 

So, you have a flexible option of joining us or doing the work independently.

We have another little break and then we have our second block of core instruction. Again, this 40 minute block is not intended for students to be sitting on Zoom the entire time.

 

Students will be doing a variety of activities that are a mix of screen and non-screen based time.

 

Enrichment time — 12:30-1:30 p.m.

At 11:20 a.m., the ABC Club ends and parents will pick up their children and then in the afternoon — from 12:30 to 1:30 — we have our enrichment time. So we have art, music and PE. We will have independent activities, videos available and maybe even some possible special-guest Zooms, for example, maybe with our music or PE teacher. 

 

Student-support period — Noon to 2 p.m.

From 12 to 2 p.m. is our student-support period and this is when all of our TK/ kindergarten and first grade teachers are available with Zoom office hours.

 

So your child can check in with a teacher or you, as a family, can check in.

 

If you as a parent need help on how to provide some of the activities, this is the time that you would meet with your teacher.

 

This is just a sample of a daily activity, but the schedule should be consistent throughout all of the classes. 

 

Model starts Monday, Aug. 24

This model starts on Aug. 24. So on Aug. 18-21, we’ve been having what we call our “Get Ready Week.” You've probably been to campus, picking up materials, potentially a chromebook. On Aug. 24, we start Orientation Week. All students should log in on Monday morning at 9 a.m. for our start of orientation. We'll be doing fun "getting to know " you activities every day of the week. 

 

All students are allowed to attend, although it's not mandatory to attend Orientation Week, but it's highly recommended because we want all of our students to get to know their classmates and their teachers and feel comfortable using the technology. 

 

Full distance learning starts Aug. 31

On Aug. 31, we start our full distance learning that's where we'll have the schedule that I showed you a moment ago. Also, this is the day when our ABC Club attendance starts in person, so if you're attending the ABC Club, you would start on Aug. 31

 

The week of Aug. 24-28, you'll be at home doing orientation online.”

 

 

 

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