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UPDATE: March 19, 2020
The Educational Services team has seen a dramatic increase in teacher participation and support to ensure we are ready for a long distance learning instructional format when the district remains closed after we return on March 30th. We have now received confirmation the schools and district offices will remain closed to the public until Friday, May 1st. At this time, we will again evaluate the tentative return date for students of Monday, May 4th, 2020. Thanks to the support and behind the scenes work of our fabulous teachers. We have added multiple types of videos and google slides and these have been shared with teachers and other staff under 2019-2020 All Teacher shared drive. It includes excellent information on how to;
- How to access and organize their google drives.
- How to create and add classwork to google classroom.
- How to link google classrooms to other resources, such as Aeries and Pearson.
Visit the resources document to see new additions as of today!
Special Education teachers, attached is a link to a letter from Special Education Director, Margaret Akinnusi. She has provided some excellent resources to support your lesson planning for students. She will provide more updates every week.
We once again, we want to remind teachers to check their email daily, and continue to use VVHUSDHELP@Gmail.com for help with your google classroom.
UPDATE: March 18, 2020
We would like to extend out thanks to Kathy Hanson for serving as a conduit between Educational services, the district office, and VVTA in communicating updates and support information. A big thank you to our teachers for their phenomenal leadership in sharing and uploading lesson plans, digital materials and online tidbits that support each other to navigate lesson planning during these challenging times. It is exciting to see we are so far ahead in this journey because of the excitement and opportunities our teachers are creating, and helping the district move toward the digital platform.
Educational Services has been working diligently to support the shift to long distance and online learning. We are addressing the most recent developments from the State of California, California Department of Education (CDE), and the recent Governor’s release of information, recommendations and requirements to ensure the learning for our students continues at home. From all conversations it appears that digital learning is the obvious option for the majority of our students, with exception for students with disabilities and those who may not have computer access at home.
Currently we have established the Google Help Form that is being monitored by a team of teachers, instructional coaches and district administration. We are responding as quickly as possible and adding the information to the Google Classroom Help FAQs. We are meeting on March 19th to address the students with disabilities population under the new guidelines released by CDE and SB117. We are also working collaboratively with the TechEd department to create a plan to address the needs of student technology and internet in the home.
UPDATE: March 17, 2020
We are very excited to see the collaboration and support our teachers are providing each other during our shift towards distance learning. Educational services has begun populating the folder for teacher support (see #8 with links below). We have also established an email address if you need immediate support. A district google classroom expert will contact you to help you directly. The email address is email@example.com. (click on the purple email) and is a hotlink that will open an email for you to send your concern or request for support. We also have added a google form (click on this link - Google Help VVUHSD) to submit requests for support and establish a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) support document. We will respond to your request as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and your dedication to our students and families.
March 16, 2020
Thank you for your patience and professionalism as we navigate this new experience while keeping our teaching and learning as the primary focus.
While classes are suspended this week, teachers will do the following:
- Work from home during the week of 3/16-3/20. Updates will follow weekly. Please check your district email daily.
- If you need to access your classroom for personal items, textbooks, curriculum, etc., you may do so on Tuesday, 3/17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you have concerns, please contact your site principal.
- During this week (3/16-3/20), please finalize quarter grades which are to be completed and uploaded on Aeries grade book by 3 p.m. on Thursday, 3/19.
- A notification will be sent to all students and parents to access their grades on Friday, 3/20 through student and parent portals in Aeries. Contact your site Principal should you experience any issues with grades.
- Use this week (3/16-3/20) to generate lesson plans for 15 days of instruction. This is required in the event that a school closure would be extended past 3/30, at which time we will be required to provide digital content for student access.
- By 3 p.m. on Friday, 3/20, please upload at least one week of completed lessons for the week of 3/30-4/3. These will be available for implementation right after Spring Break. In an agreement reached with VVTA leadership, teachers must create a Google Classroom for their classes and upload all lessons.
- It is highly recommended that you assign work to students in one week increments so they are not overwhelmed. Please also work with your peers to come up with a consistent way of grading and assigning credit for the work. Please engage in supportive practices that take into consideration the situation students may find themselves in at home regarding care for younger siblings or even illness.
- If you are unfamiliar with Google Classroom, a shared Google Drive called 2019-2020-All Teachers lesson plans for school closure has been prepared. Click on this drive and you will have access to the following:
We are here to support you in every way possible. These are trying times but we will be ready for the digital component of instruction that is slowly becoming the norm. Please contact your site Principal or our Ed Services department team with any questions that you may have.
Stay well and please keep checking for updates.
Fal Asrani EdD.
Assistant Superintendent, Education Services