Distance Learning Update


Hello Korematsu Community,

I know we are all anxious about school starting on Monday August 17th. Please know that the first two weeks will be a soft opening. Much of what we do with students will be centered around getting to know each other remotely, learning how to maneuver in this digital learning environment, and developing community. Over the next few days teachers will be working with each other to develop lessons, organize google classrooms, and prepare for the first day of school. I’ll be sending out an orientation video on Friday that will have google class codes and other pertinent information. Here is a look at our distance learning schedule. As you can see students will be under the care and instruction of their teachers in 55 minute blocks three times a day This can be either synchronous or asynchronous. Homeroom class will be a live session daily at 10:00 AM for 25 minutes. During homeroom teachers will take attendance, check in with students, and provide some social emotional learning. Monday and Wednesday will be periods 1,2, and 3. Tuesday and Thursday will be periods 4/5, 6 and 7. Friday will be asynchronous learning as well as opportunities for student enrichment. We are beginning to develop our Friday opportunities, but this work will be ongoing. We will be seeking support from parents and community members for our Friday activities. So If you are interested in hosting a fun zoom enrichment class please reach out!

Materials – our main focus right now is ensuring all students have a working tablet. We are planning to hand out tablets to those students on Thursday and Friday. Textbooks will be distributed in the afternoons during the first two weeks of school. Nearly all of our core textbooks are on the tablets, but we do recognize students may want the hard copy as well.

Student Schedules – This week homeroom teachers will begin calling students/families to invite them to their homeroom classes. Our plan is to have schedules available through homeroom.

Class Changes – Aside from major schedule problems (ex. 2 math classes, only 4 classes) we will not be making changes until we know how many students will attend Korematsu. Students will be able to reach out to their counselor for support. This year due to district budgets cuts we cannot offer Independent Study PE. we do not have enough elective space. If space opens we may offer Ind. PE.

Key Dates
8/12 – 8/13 Faculty Professional Development
8/13 – 8/14 Tablet distribution for students without a device
8/14 5:30 PM Orientation Video Posts with possible chat Q and A (More to come)
8/17 First Day of School
8/19 Virtual Back to School Night

We will continue to provide updates. It is important to let your student know that we are here to support them. Distance learning is hard for all of us and we will do our best to be adaptable, creative and flexible as we continue learning apart.

Please stay safe and well,

Matt Burnham

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