|Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
Q: When is the first day of school?
A: The first day of school for teachers will be August 11 and the first day of school for students will be August 12. The academic calendar has not changed.
Q: Is the entire Fall semester online? Or will there be the possibility for teachers and students to return to campuses?
A: Trustees determined that our district will provide online teaching and learning for the duration of the Fall semester and work to build opportunities for teachers and students to opt-in to in-person support later in the semester, if feasible. Teachers will have the ability to teach from their classrooms, but with no students present for the time being.
Q: Why was the decision made to have the entire Fall semester online?
A: Based on the latest science, recommendations from the (RSC), and correspondence with area superintendents, teachers, staff, students and parents, the decision was made to conduct online instruction for the Fall semester. This decision aligns with new statewide guidance that Governor Gavin Newsom. Schools located in counties that are on the state's monitoring list can only reopen for in-person instruction when they have been off the watch list for 14 days. Santa Clara County is currently on the state’s monitoring list.
Q: Will that schedule have options for college visits, guest speakers, workshops?
A: The proposed schedule will have time for students to participate in virtual events or community-building opportunities on the days set aside for teacher collaboration.
Q: Will there be one schedule for the entire district?
A: Yes, we plan to have one schedule for the entire district.
Q: When will a finalized schedule be shared with staff and the community?
A: We are still finalizing the details of the schedule for next year. The schedule provided by the Reopening Steering Committee is a sample that we are using to inform our finalized schedule, but is not the confirmed schedule. We will share the confirmed schedule by July 31.
Instruction, Academic Support and Grades
Q: Will the grading policy remain pass/no pass or return to our previous policy?
A: Teachers will follow the current Administrative Regulation 5121 on grades for the 2020-2021 school year, which requires letter grades of A-F.
Q: What is the proposed teacher outreach cohort model?
A: We are still finalizing the details on the teacher outreach cohort model, Based on the recommendations of the Reopening Steering Committee, we are proposing to have teachers assigned a cohort of 20-25 of their students that they reach out to individually on a weekly basis to check in and offer additional support. We plan to embed time in the schedule for teachers to complete this work and attendance will be taken.
Q: Will there be daily or weekly attendance?
A: To be in compliance with the Assembly Bill 77, daily attendance will be taken.
Q: How will the online instructional program be improved for Fall 2020?
A: Although online instruction can never replace in-person instruction, we are preparing to implement the following changes next year to improve the educational program for students:
Q: Will the district standardize the online learning platforms used by teachers?
A: Yes, Technology platforms will be limited to one each per school site: learning management
system, gradebook, and communication tool. Other online instructional tools will be accessible
from that technology platform (via links or integration). All comprehensive CUHSD schools, with the exception of Del Mar High School, will be transitioning to the Canvas Learning Management System next year.
Q: How are we going to keep students accountable for assessments (tests and quizzes) in classes where project-based assessment is not always feasible?
Ed Services is working with Department Chairs on best practices, tools and formats to support teachers across content areas.
Q: How can parents of students with special needs be supported during distance learning?
A: Special education teachers and case managers will continue to work with the students in their classes and on their caseloads to deliver special education services to the greatest extent possible during remote learning. If a student is seen to be struggling, there will be a system of tiered intervention provided by the IEP team (general education/special education teachers,and related service providers). All state and federal mandates regarding timelines, service provision and educational expectations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) will be maintained in accordance with the most recent state and federal guidance available.
Q: Will students be provided with technology to be successful in distance learning?
A: Yes, we will roll out a one-to-one Chromebook program for all CUHSD schools this year, which means all students will receive a Chromebook at the start of the year. Students will also be provided a hot spot if they need internet access.
Q: If WiFi is patchy or out at a teacher’s or student’s home regularly, how should live instruction proceed?
A: A teacher or student can submit a request to receive a hot spot from the CUHSD technology department if they do not have internet access. The teacher will also have the ability to teach from their classroom, if needed. The CUHSD Technology Department was able to address many of the technical issues or needs of our students and staff last year and they will continue to work with staff and families to accommodate technology needs.
Professional Development and Teacher Collaboration
Q: Will teachers have more Professional Development days to help prepare for distance learning?
A: The Professional Development Committee is currently working on PD opportunities. As dates and times are finalized, they will be communicated to faculty. Teachers who participate will still be compensated for their time at the hourly professional development (PD) rate.
Q: Will there be paid time before the school year starts for teachers to meet with their course likes or departments to plan for distance learning? In order to be able to provide consistency, we need time together to rework how we are setting up our courses, grading scales, course info sheets, labs, class policies, etc.
A: We are still finalizing the logistics for the first teacher workday and professional development or collaboration opportunities. We plan to share this information next week. Site-based teacher teams that want to meet during the summer for collaboration should contact their principal.
Q: If a teacher is sick, or needs to use a personal day, how will substitutes be found, will they use the same process as before? How will they get access to class materials?
Our staff have already been in contact with substitutes to begin to secure site-based substitute teams when we are ready for them. While we anticipate fewer substitutes may return, we are recruiting new substitutes with the sharp increase in unemployment. Substitutes will have access to the information and technology they need to complete long term assignments. The Reopening Steering Committee recommends that teachers post instructional materials regularly to their learning management system (e.g., Canvas or Altitude Learning) so that administrators can grant access to others or share materials as needed.
Electives, Extracurricular Activities and Athletics
Q: How will schools handle providing students access to materials/supplies required for participation in elective courses?
A: We are working with school administrators to create a plan to provide students with their course materials. Schools share information to families about how to pick up their materials next week.
Q: What is the status of athletics and extracurricular activities?
A: Extracurricular activities, elective classes and PE will be conducted remotely for the Fall.
According to CIF, there will be no athletics for the Fall semester. Athletics may resume as early as January.
Q: Will students be able to have clubs via Zoom or other methods?
A: We anticipate that students will be able to participate in clubs or other extra curricular activities remotely, but there will need to be a certificated staff member present for this to happen. We are still bargaining with our labor unions on activities.
Beginning of the School Year Events and Activities
Q: Will there be virtual freshmen orientation or parent boot camps before the start of the year?
A: Schools are still finalizing their back to school or freshmen orientation events and will share information with families and staff soon.
Q: What will the enrollment or emergency card update process be?
A: The enrollment and emergency card update process will be conducted online. Information regarding how to update your contact information will be mailed to families the week of July 27. There will also be additional support made available to families who do not have internet access or need spanish translation services.
Q: Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
A: Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forwarded it on to the appropriate person