While our buildings are closed, school continues through LUSD’s Distance Learning Plan. LUSD teachers worked together to develop common, standards-based lessons for each grade level. Each teacher has built a virtual classroom in which the lessons will be delivered. Access to the lessons and the teachers’ virtual classrooms are provided through the Distance Learning Webpage, linked here.
Digital Lesson Delivery
Capitalizing on one of LUSD’s many strengths, one-to-one mobile digital devices for our upper-grade students, the lessons are engaging and do not require students to work any longer than two and a half hours a day for our oldest students. Students will engage with their teachers either through synchronous (real-time) instruction through video conferencing or asynchronously by students posting and receiving feedback at a later time.
Lower-grade students may also access the lessons digitally, providing that they have their own devices and internet access. For those students who do not have digital access, please see “Access” below.
Informed Parent Consent
Teachers delivering instruction synchronously (real-time) will be using video-conferencing tools such as Zoom. Teachers have been trained on the safeguards required to keep their classrooms secure and Zoom has upgraded their security settings for schools. In order for students to participate in video-conferencing, parents/guardians must indicate their consent on this Informed Parent Consent form. If you wish for your student to not participate, please indicate that on the form.
LUSD students have take-home devices in grades 4-8. Since the school closures, we have distributed all 3rd-grade iPads and have deployed all of our hot spots. We are working with Cox and other internet providers and reaching out to families who indicated that they do not have internet access to help facilitate low-cost options. Please contact Teri Cook at email@example.com or (619) 390-2600 if you need internet access assistance. Many families indicate that they have technology at home that may be used to access our Distance Learning lessons. Families who do not have access to technology will receive paper packets, distributed at the school sites. Week 1 lessons will be available to school sites on Monday, April 20 from 9:00-11:00 AM. The following lessons will be available on Friday of the preceding week during the same hours. Please keep in mind that the printed packets are only for those who require it.
Immersion students will receive performance tasks that are aligned and in addition to the standards-based lessons.
Resource and Separate Classes
Special Education teachers with their own classes created distance learning lessons that may be found on the grade level page of the Distance Learning webpage. Resource teachers assisted in the development of all of the lessons to help with differentiation and access. Resource teachers will offer office hours to support and connect with students. They may also participate in video conferencing.
Speech and Language
A folder with Speech and Language activities/lessons are on the Distance Learning website under Special Education. Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) will connect with families weekly and make recommendations for each student on their caseload regarding which activities to access. They will also have office hours available to support students with distance learning. Group video conferencing connections will also be offered or SLP’s may join classroom connections.
Adaptive Physical Education
A folder with Adaptive Physical Education (APE) activities/lessons are the Distance Learning website under Special Education. APEs will connect with families weekly and make recommendations for each student on their caseload regarding which activities to access. They will also have office hours available to support students with distance learning. Group video conferencing connections will also be offered or APE’s may join classroom connections.
A folder with Occupational Therapy (OT) activities/lessons are on the Distance Learning website under Special Education. OTs will connect with families weekly and make recommendations for each student on their caseload regarding which activities to access. They will also have office hours available to support students with distance learning. Group video conferencing connections will also be offered or OT’s may join classroom connections.
(For students on their caseload)
Weekly behavior management tips will be emailed to parents. These will include practical tips that parents can implement with little effort, given the current crisis. Additional resources will be provided in each lesson. These will be posted on the district Digital Learning website.
Talking to my child about C19
Setting structure and routine in the house: Part 1
Setting structure and routine in the house: Part 2 using graphs and chart
Giving directions to child
Using discipline and consequences
Zones of regulations
Cheatsheet will be emailed to parents that will contain simple proactive and reactive strategies. Parents will receive weekly phone call check-ins and staff will offer office hours.
Assistive Technology (AT) personnel will check in with families to ensure they can access digital learning plan and communication devices at home
Vista Hill is conducting well checks on families who have Mental Health Services via their IEP.
Communication to parents
A Prior Written Notice letter regarding distance learning and special education support was sent to families on 4/3/2020.
School counselors will continue to follow up with families who indicate that they need support in the survey conducted by teachers. Distance Learning Plans will include weekly themed lessons (Elem and Middle School) for counseling with digital and paper/pencil resources. Counselors will set up twice-weekly “Check in with your counselor” sessions where they can cover some of the concepts from the weekly theme and check-in with students. Counselors may also join classroom connections.
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) will provide services to families and to sites during the closure to include:
- Check-in with medically fragile families
- Provide list of community resources-keep updated frequently
- Offer assistance during daily lunch handouts-unless medically compromised
- Vision referral follow-up
- Offer weekly video conferencing/phone appointments for parents that may have questions or need assistance
- Call parents to update IHPs, emergency plans & getting updated health information
- Medication forms for next school year
- Immunization input for incoming PK/K
- Tdap, Varicella and other immunizations- Middle schools
- COVID-19 information- Social distancing, proper handwashing techniques, staying in place
- Healthy eating and exercising tips and ideas while at home
- Participate in remote team meetings
- Supply Inventory
- Review and update school health policies, procedures, and forms
- Provide assistance to Health Assistants in returning medications to parents if needed
- Participate in the planning for reopening of schools
- Provide staff training on video conferencing
- Be available for whatever situations may arise during this health crisis
The Distance Learning webpage includes a list of resources that families may find helpful. It includes sources for mental health and nutrition.