KMS Distance Learning

4/17/2020

Hello Korematsu Community, 

I hope you are safe, healthy and taking care of your families. We are wrapping up another week of distance learning.  For educators, this has been an entirely new challenge, and one we are constantly learning from. Since this week began, we have seen more and more students completing assignments on Google Classroom. While this number is increasing, we still need to see more teenagers logging on and getting active with their learning. These are difficult and complicated times, but we need to work together to ensure everyone has an opportunity to learn.

Students are expected to log into Google Classroom daily. Teachers are regularly posting assignments, commenting on completed work, and providing support as needed. While some may want more work, and others less, our teachers are working hard to meet expectations outlined in the agreement between the United Teachers of Richmond and WCCUSD. We, as learners ourselves, will continue to evolve as days go by. At Korematsu, we are always in a cycle of inquiry. Distance learning is no different. We are always developing as a school, and as a community.

Many teachers are offering live office hours. I want to encourage students to participate in these whenever possible. Students can find information posted on Google Classroom (how to log on to a meeting, when they start, etc.). We have also posted the hours at www.korematsumiddleschool.org. Please continue to check this website for more information as online learning moves forward. We are in the process of developing resources for students and families that are looking for additional learning opportunities. 

I want to encourage families and students with questions to reach out to teachers directly. They are available through email, and are there to support our students. You can also reach out to counselors, Ms. Ivey and of course, me, anytime. I’ve put together a first attempt at a weekly news segment that I am hoping provides some information, keeps us connected, and in the future is propelled by student voices. 

Please stay safe and keep supporting one another.

Sincerely,

Matt Burnham

Teacher Office Hours for Distance Learning

EnglishMondayMs. Schantz 11-1:00Ms. Pulley 11-1:00Ms. Soto 10-12:00Mr. Vedder: 9:00-12:00Ms. Davis  11-1:00
MathTuesdayMr. Lee (math7 – 10-12), (Geometry- 12-1 on Thursday)Mr. Hameed (no virtual office hours; students comment/email to get questions answered)Ms. Cachero M/W/F 11:00 – 11:30 T/Th. 2:30-3:30Mr. Zechlin 9:30-10:30 & 2 – 3 DailyMr. Kunz 9:30 — 10:30
HistoryWednesdayMr. Lee, J (available by appointment),1-3Ms. Schmidt 10-12:00Mr. Uriostegue: 9-12:00Mr. Fulumirani (email or appointment)
ScienceThursdayMr. Kunz 9:30-10:30Ms. Pavlich 10-1:30Mr. Nelson 1:30-2:30Ms. Wardle 9-12:00Writer coaches with ELD students 10-12 pm, 1-3 pm
Electives FridayMs. Alcocer 1-2:05Mr. Pohl: 8:30-9:30 & 3-4 DailyCarrico Friday 10:30-11 I will send zoom link each week in e-mailMs. Smith, J Mon-Fri 11:00-1:00 and as needed (no virtual office ours: student and parent questions via email and Google classroom)Ms. Jenkins 9-10:00
Special EducationMs. Krug Daily 1:00-2:00Mr. Armen 2-3:00Ms. Smith Daily 10-11:00Ms. Woods Thurs 10-11:00Mr. Wallacker- Daily 8AM- 2PM via emailMr. Klingele 
Daily 9-10:00
and as needed
Ms. Cummings 8-2:30Mr. Pickrell Daily AllSkills10-11 Tutorial 1-2

Message from Superintendent Duffy: April 14 School Closure Update – Thank you for your support. We are off and running with Distance Learning.

Dear WCCUSD Families,

I hope you are well.  We are in the fifth week that school campuses have been closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. This has been a difficult time for everyone as we have had to adjust to this new normal. However, the public health experts are telling us that the efforts we have made to stay at home have made a significant difference in how this situation is playing out. For the first time since the start of this crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom is discussing re-opening businesses and possibly relaxing some of the stay-at-home orders. I am convinced, now more than ever, that we will get through this together and be stronger for doing so.

Despite the uncertainty, it is important that we keep working to provide the support students need to continue learning. Monday, we started Phase 2 of Distance Learning. We are very proud of the work we have done to date and I am personally so proud of our staff and community working in such a united fashion.  All over the distance learning landscape, students, teachers and families are working together to provide engaging, empowering and challenging educational experiences.

We know there are some areas that need more attention and improvement, and we are working on solutions in those areas. The focus of our needs assessment and support is around working to close the digital divide and equity gaps that face many of our historically underserved communities, including low income, African-American and Latino students and families who have little in the way of technology and internet and who benefit most from the in person-personal support and relationships at school.  By the end of this week, we will be aggressive in monitoring where any student has not engaged and figure out what is needed.

DISTANCE LEARNING GUIDES:With the help of parent/family leaders we created these Distance Learning Guides for Preschool; TK, K, 1st; 2nd-6th, and Middle and High school.The guides are available in English and Spanish at  https://www.wccusd.net/dlguides.

We know some families want more work for students and others need less right now. We continue to navigate all of the different needs. Teachers, librarians, counselors and principals are providing rich content and support for students. Early during the closures, Ohlone Elementary teacher Chandra Sherr released her trout fry her class had been raising into a local creek and sent the video to her students. She is not the only one. Everyday, I hear about other fantastic ways that WCCUSD educators are engaging students and families in distance learning.

The students have been amazing. They are engaging in instruction and advocating for themselves and each other. For instance, throughout this crisis, the students in Maya Kosover’s class at Richmond High have continued their Weekly News Broadcast despite not having access to their classroom.

The food services team and a lot of wonderful volunteers have been serving grab-and-go meals since the beginning. We are now serving more than 28,000 meals every day to any child 18 and under regardless of socio-economic status or the school they attend.

WCCUSD’s parent leaders have been great partners throughout this, meeting with me and other district leaders virtually to discuss ways we can better support the students and families we serve. Parents have been hubs of information and helped us identify needs we may have missed.

There are other great stories of collaboration and cooperation out there and these are why I am convinced we will get through this together. 

Even with these positive stories, there are still those who have needs that aren’t being met. There are people who need additional resources in order to navigate this crisis. While we do not have all of the answers, there are resources that can help. We have compiled a list of these supports at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure.

If you have any questions about Distance Learning, please contact your child’s teacher or principal. You can also get instructional support by sending an email to elearning@wccusd.net or technical support for devices, software or internet access at parent@wccusd.net or by calling (510) 243-3901.

Answers to other questions can be obtained at questions@wccusd.net or by calling (510) 965-4444 or (510) 965-4443 for assistance in Spanish.Thank you again for your patience, trust and collaboration as we navigate this crisis. I will see you, in person, on the other side.

In Community,
Matthew Duffy
Superintendent
En Español

Message from Superintendent Duffy: April 12 School Closure Update – Welcome Back. We are ready for Distance Learning Phase 2 which begins Monday.

Dear WCCUSD Families,

Hello.  I hope you are staying as healthy as you possibly can these days. The last month has been intense and filled with uncertainty. I hope that you were able to use Spring Break as an opportunity to rest and acclimate to the idea of students learning from home for the rest of this school year.

As you know, we will launch Phase 2 of Distance Learning tomorrow. This is our opportunity to ensure that students continue to access engaging, empowering and challenging instruction even while they are physically separated from their school communities. While the health epidemic was sudden, we now believe we know enough to create a structure for all of our students that is focused around simplicity and consistency.  It is our intent to create a set of high expectations for all of our students while balancing the current real life struggles taking place throughout our community. We will focus on mastery and deeper learning experiences, incorporate personalized learning, and offer a variety of opportunities to engage students. 

While instruction is required beginning tomorrow, the current situation demands flexibility and patience as we continue to find the best ways to engage students. We understand that many students will have a variety of factors that influence their ability to engage with distance learning. Educators will provide as much support as possible while ensuring that students continue to learn. This distance learning plan is designed to be flexible, allow students multiple ways to engage in learning and provide the support necessary for them to succeed.

Family/Parent Support for Distance Learning

Now, more than ever, this will take a partnership between home and school to provide the best possible educational environment under difficult conditions. While we expect our schools and teachers to be in touch with all of our students, families can best assist their children by contacting your child’s teacher(s) weekly and supporting students to complete the assigned work. 

There are other actions you can take to support your child’s engagement in remote learning during the school closures.

  • Create a routine with a set a regular time and place for doing assigned work
  • Remove distractions where possible
  • Engage in what your child is learning
  • Allow time for breaks and outside time where possible
  • Be patient as your child adjusts to this new reality

If at any time, you feel that your student needs more support or is in a situation that prevents her or him from engaging in the assigned work, please contact your child’s teacher or principal so that we can assist you. All students and families are facing different situations. Some are struggling to access the internet while others have sick relatives, others are working on the front lines every day and others have lost jobs. Patience and support are the operative words for these final 7-8 weeks of school.

Over this final stretch of school, you will begin to hear more from your schools and a little less from the district as we aim to reestablish the school as the center of support and communication for our students and families. 

Distance Learning Resources

Because Distance Learning can include multiple delivery methods, students may need resources like printed materials and writing implements or Chromebooks and wifi access. Contact your child’s teacher or principal if you need help accessing the necessary resources for your child. In order to help you navigate our Distance Learning plan, we created Parent Guides (English, Spanish) to give you tips and outline the expectations for students at the various grade levels. 

Your first point of contact for assistance should be your child’s teacher or principal. If you need additional support, the District’s eLearning website is active and being populated with new resources regularly. Support for distance learning materials and resources can be accessed by email at elearning@wccusd.net

If you have questions about the technology to support your student’s distance learning, email parent@wccusd.net or call (510) 243-3901.

Additionally, our team will continue to focus energy on those students traditionally furthest from opportunity and we want our community to know that we will do everything in our power to make sure further achievement gaps are not perpetuated during this time.  In fact, we might even see this as an opportunity to learn how this uncomfortable time can possibly close opportunity gaps if we keep our minds open to new and different ways of “doing school” and not simply rushing to recreate a similar system of winners and losers just this time online.

As a parent going through this myself, this is not easy but I know together we can do it and we can rise to the occasion.  Our health is our primary concern right now. Knowing that, I believe together we can find a new rhythm, new routines and habits to live and learn together with one another in our houses and on our screens.  Please reach out if you have a concern, know someone who needs help or have a thought about how we could improve our support for our students. I am looking forward to this next phase of our distance learning and thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

In Partnership,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent

APRIL 3 SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE: SCHOOL BUILDINGS CLOSED FOR REST OF YEAR; LEARNING CONTINUES VIA DISTANCE LEARNING

Dear WCCUSD Families,

The news we have been expecting is now official. West Contra Costa Unified School District students will not return to their campuses this school year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This decision is being made in an effort to help slow the spread of this disease and was not taken lightly.

Both the Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction have issued strong recommendations that, given the nature of the statewide stay-at-home order and continued need for physical distancing, K-12 schools should not expect to return to in-class instruction for the remainder of the school year. While not a directive or executive order, based on this guidance and the likely event that Contra Costa Health Services will extend the stay-at-home order, we will keep our school buildings closed through the rest of this school year.

While this means that physical campuses would not re-open to students this school year, it does not suggest that learning is over for the year. Teachers, classified staff and administrators continue to provide meals and learning devices to students who need them, and are working hard to transition to high-quality distance learning, and support the needs of all students. If you need internet access please visit www.wccusd.net/districtclosure.

The California Department of Education has now provided guidance around grading and graduation requirements, particularly as they relate to WCCUSD’s graduating seniors. We know that higher education (particularly the University of California and California State University systems) is working closely with K-12 schools to ensure that students will not be penalized through grades or graduation requirements because of the situation we all find ourselves in. We are developing guidelines and procedures regarding second semester grades, transcripts, graduation criteria, promotion, and commencement celebrations. These will be communicated to students and families in the coming days and weeks.

We know that this situation is taking its toll on everyone for many reasons, but our health experts continue to remind us that following the stay-at-home order and practicing strict physical distancing are the two best ways to slow the transmission of the coronavirus. While we may not be able to welcome students back to campus this year, we know that learning WILL continue, and that every educator and education professional in WCCUSD will continue to work hard on behalf of the students and families we serve.

As mentioned in previous letters, a more robust distance learning plan will begin when we return from Spring Break on Monday, April 13, and we want to support you and your students to continue learning at home. This is an unprecedented situation and I am asking that you continue to be patient with us as we figure out how to best support this community during the school closures. There are still a number of questions around graduations, summer school and even how next year will work. I want you to know that we are taking these questions seriously and will be reaching out to stakeholders to help us find the right solutions for this community.

As a reminder, Spring Break is next week. Meals will still be distributed every day, except for Monday, April, 6, which is a district holiday. There are 17 locations distributing meals.

Since schools will be on a more formal schedule when we return from Spring Break, we will begin sending communications from the district twice a week. If there is urgent news, we will still share it quickly. There are also several avenues to keep yourself informed. 

Questions or help – District Call Center questions@wccusd.net or call (510) 965-4444 or (510) 965-4443 for information in Spanish.

You can also check Powerschool and/or Google Classroom daily to keep up with your students’ progress.

Thank you again for your trust and support. Stay safe and enjoy Spring Break.

In Partnership,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent

The Phoenix, Thursday, April 2, 2020

KOREMATSU WILL BE OPEN

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020

2:00 -4:00 p.m.

Please only come if you need a tablet/computer, your equipment doesn’t function, you need a cable/charger for the tablet/computer or instruction or support on how to operate the tablet. Also, if you need textbooks, it would be OK to come and get those as well.

Unfortunately, once again, this is not a social visit. Please only come if you have a direct need, and we will follow Social Distancing and keep at least 6 feet apart.

Next week, April 6-10 is Spring Break. When school resumes on April 13, we will move to Phase 2 of Distance Learning. More information is coming on process, procedure and expectations.

SPRING BREAK

April 6-10

School resumes April 13 with Phase 2 of Distance Learning.

Please stay tuned for details.

DISTRICT RESOURCES

https://www.wccusd.net/districtclosure

MEALS

THE SCHOOLS  WILL NOT SERVE FOOD ON MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020 DUE TO THE DISTRICT HOLIDAY. 

THEY WILL SERVE FOOD TUESDAY, APRIL 7 – FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2020

FULL LIST OF FOOD SITES IN THIS LINK:

https://www.wccusd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=3328&ModuleInstanceID=22779&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=67888&PageID=13823

HOT SPOTS

If you are a family that cannot connect to the internet, or you know a family that cannot connect to the internet, please fill out this form. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfl7neAuS2V9LXl0pVwCB__IHd6G6HYQ1F_340Kw3hEo7brUQ/viewform

OTHER WAYS TO GET CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET

https://www.wccusd.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=3328&ModuleInstanceID=22779&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=67976&PageID=13823

AND

https://www.everyoneon.org/find-offers?partner=CETF

CALIFORNIA STATE PTA WEBINAR AND RESOURCES TO CONNECT TO THE INTERNET

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A PTA MEMBER TO GET ON THIS CALL

BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE WITH LOW-COST (AND FREE) INTERNET
Dear PTA Members, Leaders and Families:

With the coronavirus epidemic leaving many families struggling to pay bills while simultaneously trying to help their children learn at home, access to low-cost or free internet and affordable computers is now more essential to more people than ever before.

Please join California State PTA President Celia Jaffe, former State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) during a webinar to learn how to support children and families impacted by the Digital Divide.

We’ll discuss what resources are available to families statewide, and how to qualify for free and low cost services during these challenging times.Date: Thursday, April 9, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Click here to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2954447523400869644.

Schools & Communities First Makes History With Most Ever Signatures Submitted

To qualify for the November 2020 ballot, Schools & Communities First submits more than 1.7 million signatures of support 

Today, the Schools & Communities First campaign is proud to announce the submission of more than 1.7 million signatures of support to qualify for the November 2020 ballot – the most signatures ever submitted in California for a ballot initiative. This historic benchmark was achieved weeks ahead of schedule and surpassed the original 1.6 million goal set by the campaign.

If it passes, SCF is expected to raise somewhere around $4-6 billion yearly for education. It will not fix California’s chronic underfunding of K-12 education, which is estimated at minimum to be $25 billion per year, but it will help.

Thank you for your support!

MORE RESOURCES FROM GREATER GOOD

Four Things to do Every Day for your Mental Health

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/four_things_to_do_every_day_for_your_mental_health

Apirl 12 will start Distaxnce Learning.  More informations is coming. 

Dear WCCUSD Families,

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom suggested that schools would remain closed for the rest of this academic year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is disappointing but expected news. With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing, public health experts have instituted a number of measures they hope will slow the spread of the disease. I encourage you to follow the stay-at-home orders issued by the county health officer and follow the guidelines that have been provided in order to keep yourself, your family and your community safe.

While school facilities are closed, learning will not stop. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond said that our energies need to be focused on providing distance learning opportunities for the rest of the school year.

As I mentioned in last night’s message, a more robust distance learning plan will be implemented beginning on April 13. More information about the plan, including more guidance for parents and students, will be coming over the next few days. In the meantime, we need to prepare for the extended school closures. 

The County Health Officer has strengthened the previous stay-at-home orders, limiting travel to essential businesses and services. Travel to facilitate distance learning is considered essential business, so on Friday, April 3, schools will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students and families to pick up the materials needed to continue instruction at home during the extended closures.  Strict Social Distancing Protocols will be in place during this distribution period.

Similarly to the March 19 materials pick up, we will ask that you be mindful of the social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from anyone who is not a member of your household. This is an opportunity for students in Grades TK, K or 1 to pick up paper packets or devices and students in Grades 2-12 to pick up devices, if they have not already done so. Principals will reach out to you with specific information about the materials pick up for your child’s school.

Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education is meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in a virtual meeting. This meeting will be virtual and meet the standards set in the Governor’s Emergency Order issued on March 12, 2020. Members of the public can access the meeting via Zoom or by telephone. Directions to access the meeting are available on the agenda.

Additional Resources

The District has opened a one-stop shop where you can get answers or be directed to resources. The call center will be open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to support families and staff during the school closures. You can email questions@wccusd.net or call (510) 943-4444 or (510) 943-4443 for Spanish.

Several resources are available on the District website (www.wccusd.net/districtclosure).

Student meal pick up will continue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17 locations in the District. All children 18 and under are eligible to receive meals regardless of household income or school they attend.

For all the news about school closures, please check the District’s web page at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure. You can also receive information through our social media platforms. Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Finally, if you are not receiving updates for the District, make sure we have your correct contact information by completing this Google Form.

Thank you again for your support.

In Partnership,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent

April 1, 2020 Official District Message

Dear WCCUSD Families,

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom suggested that schools would remain closed for the rest of this academic year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is disappointing but expected news. With the number of COVID-19 cases increasing, public health experts have instituted a number of measures they hope will slow the spread of the disease. I encourage you to follow the stay-at-home orders issued by the county health officer and follow the guidelines that have been provided in order to keep yourself, your family and your community safe.

While school facilities are closed, learning will not stop. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond said that our energies need to be focused on providing distance learning opportunities for the rest of the school year.

As I mentioned in last night’s message, a more robust distance learning plan will be implemented beginning on April 13. More information about the plan, including more guidance for parents and students, will be coming over the next few days. In the meantime, we need to prepare for the extended school closures. 

The County Health Officer has strengthened the previous stay-at-home orders, limiting travel to essential businesses and services. Travel to facilitate distance learning is considered essential business, so on Friday, April 3, schools will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students and families to pick up the materials needed to continue instruction at home during the extended closures.  Strict Social Distancing Protocols will be in place during this distribution period.

Similarly to the March 19 materials pick up, we will ask that you be mindful of the social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from anyone who is not a member of your household. This is an opportunity for students in Grades TK, K or 1 to pick up paper packets or devices and students in Grades 2-12 to pick up devices, if they have not already done so. Principals will reach out to you with specific information about the materials pick up for your child’s school.

Board of Education Meeting
The Board of Education is meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in a virtual meeting. This meeting will be virtual and meet the standards set in the Governor’s Emergency Order issued on March 12, 2020. Members of the public can access the meeting via Zoom or by telephone. Directions to access the meeting are available on the agenda.

Additional Resources
The District has opened a one-stop shop where you can get answers or be directed to resources. The call center will be open Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to support families and staff during the school closures. You can email questions@wccusd.netor call (510) 943-4444 or (510) 943-4443 for Spanish.

Information about meals, wifi access and other resources can be found on the District website (www.wccusd.net/districtclosure).

Student meal pick up will continue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17 locations in the District. All children 18 and under are eligible to receive meals regardless of household income or school they attend.

For all the news about school closures, please check the District’s web page at www.wccusd.net/districtclosure. You can also receive information through our social media platforms. Follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram. Finally, if you are not receiving updates for the District, make sure we have your correct contact information by completing this Google Form.

Thank you again for your support.

In Partnership,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 District Message

Dear WCCUSD Families,

The main focus of our work over the first two weeks of the school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak has been ensuring students have access to food and distance learning resources. As we enter week three, the focus has shifted to creating a sustainable distance learning platform that is accessible to all students, especially those from our most vulnerable communities. 

We have also identified several questions that will require non-traditional solutions. Some of our most pressing and immediate questions have been about grades and report cards for the most recent marking period and our plan for distance learning now that the school closures have been extended. This message will give you additional details on the plan for grades and report cards and some of the expectations for the distance learning program that we will implement beginning on April 13.

Grades and Report Cards

Second trimester report cards for elementary school students will be distributed this week. You should receive them, if you haven’t already, over the next few days. They will be delivered by mail or electronically. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have not received the second trimester report card by Monday, April 13.

For secondary schools, the third quarter will end on Friday, April 3. Our goal is to have all report cards and Special Education Progress Reports completed by Monday, April 13.Distribution will take place no later than Friday, April 17 and may be done electronically or by mail. 

Students and families should know that only assignments given to students on or before March 13, will be used in calculating grades. If your student receives an Incomplete (I) grade, there will be an opportunity to complete the required assignments and they will be given a timeline for doing so.

If you have any questions regarding grades or report cards, please contact your child’s teacher or school principal.

Key Dates
Calculating assignments for grades Assignments given up to Friday, March 13
Elementary second trimester report cards deliveredMarch 30 – April 10
3rd Quarter ends for middle, high schoolsFriday, April 3
Distance Learning Phase 2 beginsMonday, April 13
Secondary third quarter report cards, Special Education progress reports completedMonday, April 13
Report cards,progress reports deliveredNo later than Friday, April 17

Distance Learning

After a lot of hard work and collaboration, we are ready to move forward with Phase 2 of Distance Learning. The first phase was an opportunity for teachers and students to become familiar with the resources and tools available to continue their engagement with instruction during the school closures. The second phase seeks to build on the lessons we have learned to provide engaging, empowering and challenging distance learning opportunities.

For Phase 2, we have worked with teachers, principals and families/parents to develop a set of guidelines and expectations that will inform the work as we move forward. WCCUSD’s Distance Learning will focus on mastery and deeper learning experiences, incorporate personalized learning, and offer a variety of opportunities to engage the lessons. Distance learning may include multiple delivery methods, including a wide variety of technologies, or print materials that are subject to written or verbal feedback. Teachers and administrators will be supported to prepare for this mode of teaching and will be trained in the use of available district digital tools.  We are in the process of developing training opportunities for parents as well.

The current situation demands flexibility and patience as we continue to find the best ways to engage students. We understand that many students will have a variety of factors that influence their ability to engage with distance learning. No student will be penalized for forces beyond their control. As such, this distance learning plan is designed to be flexible and to allow students multiple ways to engage in learning. 

There are still questions regarding assessments and grading, which we know is an important concern for everyone. We hope to have a more defined grading policy regarding the final marking period by April 13. We will create this work based on further guidance from the California Department of Education, Contra Costa County Office of Education, collaboration with other school districts, input from bargaining units, and a district task force. 

We have created a Distance Learning Instructional Plan for WCCUSD Educators that gives guidance and expectations to teachers, principals, counselors and other instructional support staff. A similar document for families will be completed in the next few days. In the meantime, I have included some of the key expectations for students below.

TK/K/1st

TK, K and 1st grade students will engage in distance learning through different formats and platforms. Not all TK/K/1st grade students have district-issued Chromebooks, therefore learning may occur through paper packets or online. For students who do not have Chromebooks, the learning will be treated similar to traditional independent study, with completed packets and/or engagement. Teachers may determine the platform for mastery for each student after assessing family resources and student needs. The District will continue to pursue acquiring Chromebooks for the remainder of students in need.

Students in TK/K/1st will be expected to:

  • Complete packets/work on a weekly basis
  • Communicate with teachers and seek assistance as needed
  • Read at least 30 minutes daily on their own and complete a Reading Log; younger readers may be read to, or engage with audio books
  • Engage in independent writing on a daily basis on their own
  • Participate in some type of daily physical activity on their own

Grades 2-6

Teachers will create a daily schedule that meets the time expectations for the grade level and have a completion time no later than 4 p.m.each day. Students can expect 3 hours and 30 minutes of instruction each day, but we understand there has to be flexibility for students and families throughout this process. Students will also receive arts, music and/or physical education instruction.

Students in Grades 2-6 will be expected to:

  • Log into digital learning platform daily
  • Complete and submit eLearning lessons and assignments/assessments as required by teacher
  • Communicate with teacher(s) and seek assistance as needed
  • Read on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes on their own

Secondary (Grades 7-12)

Teachers will provide 30 minutes of daily student learning time per period. Instruction is to be completed no later than 4 p.m. each day, but we understand there has to be flexibility for students and families throughout this process.

Students in secondary schools will be expected to:

  • Log into courses daily through the digital platform of your teacher’s choice.
  • Complete and submit eLearning lessons and assignments as assigned
  • Communicate with teachers as needed
  • Spend approximately 2-3 hours per day on coursework for all classes

English Learners

Teachers will be asked to continue to support our English learners as much as they can in the lessons they provide weekly. Our focus is equity, access, and ongoing support for this special population of students using the state standards. The support will focus on language development growth, and support ELPAC and Reclassification.

ELD teachers will continue English Language Development classes though live online teaching to small groups or by recommending online resources to students to support their ongoing growth in English. 

Special Education

Case Managers and Related Service Providers will reach out to families to discuss the supports and services feasible based on current IEP goals and services and will schedule services to start during the week of April 13.Because IEP goals and services are by nature individualized and take into account the available services that are available at the time of the plan writing, some elements of the student’s IEP may not be possible to achieve in the current public health crisis. To the extent possible, we will provide appropriate services. 

Family/Parent Support for Distance Learning

Families can best assist their student’s work by contacting your child’s teacher(s) weekly and supporting students to complete the assigned work. More specific details for parents will be shared soon. There are other actions you can take to support your child’s engagement in remote learning during the school closures.

  • Set a regular time and place for doing assigned work
  • Remove distractions
  • Provide supplies and identify resources; and
  • Engage in what your child is learning.

Again, this is an unprecedented environment that will take patience and flexibility to ensure students continue to grow and learn. Now, more than ever, this will take a partnership between home and school to provide the best possible educational environment under difficult conditions.

Distance Learning Resources

If your student still needs access to wifi, several resources are detailed on the district website. These resources include access to free wifi hotspots in the community and access to lower priced internet plans. 

As a reminder, there are resources to help you through this process. The District’s eLearning website is active and being populated with new resources regularly. Support for distance learning materials and resources can be accessed by email at elearning@wccusd.net. If you need assistance with technology to support your student’s distance learning, you can email parent@wccusd.net or call (510) 243-3901.

If you have any questions about grades or distance learning, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal.

The District has also created a one-stop shop for questions and references. If you have general questions, please email questions@wccusd.net or call (510) 965-4444or (510) 965-4443 for Spanish speakers.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we explore the best ways to continue educating the students we serve throughout this public health crisis. 

In Partnership,

Matthew Duffy
Superintendent