On Monday, April 20, 2020, South Bay Union School District officially launched a comprehensive Distance Learning Plan to ensure continued learning and school/family connectedness for TK-8 grade students during the school facility closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Over the past two weeks, staff have been preparing for this launch through device distribution, reconnecting with families in new ways, and professional development.
The Distance Learning Plan includes online teacher/student interactions, video/audio instruction, instructional television, and other teaching methods that rely on computer or communication technology. For families without connectivity, non-technology based options will be provided. The Plan provides continuity of learning including enrichment, engagement, and review. Teachers will be available to students and families and will respond to inquiries via email and online platforms. The pacing of instruction will be based on the needs of the students and instruction will be differentiated as appropriate.
In addition to interactions with their teachers, students will be encouraged to continue independent learning. The District has increased access and licensing for digital content platforms and additional content. All students have access to ST Math, Dreambox, Imagine Learning, Learning A to Z/RAZ Kids, and Lexia Core 5 (online independent reading books).
Technology will be provided to ensure that every home has at least one District device for all students. The District is also distributing basic school supplies (paper, crayons, pencils, etc.) to families that need this support. Online accessibility is important for every family and the District had provided hotspots and is helping families locate low/no cost Internet service. Technology support will be provided to assist with device issues, access, and user questions.
A Distance Learning website for families/students has been developed to share resources, curriculum, lessons, technology support, and Frequently Asked Questions. This information is posted on the District website (www.sbusd.org).