Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) launched its online learning program on April 20. Teachers are providing content through a combination of pre-recorded videos face to face video conferencing and independent work and small group collaboration among others. This affects Mar Vista High School and Mar Vista Academy.

Teachers will have a choice of using Jupiter, Google Classroom, or Canvas to house their lessons, assignments, and activities, Google Hangout, Microsoft Teams and Canvas will be the platforms for face to face video conferencing and classes. Students are given the assignments for the week each Monday. The schedule is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for periods 1 to 6 and 1 p.m. -1:30 p.m. for periods 0,7, and 8.

At the beginning of April, the Sweetwater Union High School District and Sweetwater Education Association reached agreement on a comprehensive memorandum of understanding related to the provision of distance learning during the COVID-19 related school closures. They recognize that this may be a challenging time for our students, families and staff, however, they are committed to ensuring a high quality educational program to support students academically and emotionally.

The memorandum of understanding’s key points include:

District shall establish a Districtwide student schedule to provide a daily routine for our students during the closure, ensuring materials are available both online and offline. In some cases, students will need flexibility in order to participate.

Teachers will determine the best method of assisting students remotely during their work day, such as via email, online meeting or phone. Teachers will share their individual plans with administrators and students weekly to ensure students know how and when they can connect with their teachers.

District will provide teachers training and supports during the transition to distance learning that are self-directed and teacher co-created. This ongoing professional development will be coupled with existing PLC and staff meeting structures ensuring site teams can support the school community together.

Recognizing that maintaining connections with students during the closure is a team effort, teachers will work with administrators to assist teachers in contacting students who are not participating in distance learning and with whom teachers are unable to otherwise connect.

Teachers will not be expected to work on site during the closure, in accordance with the County and Statewide orders and in modeling “stay at home” order to our community. Trips to school sites to gather materials or to access resources need to be pre-approved by the principal to ensure everyone’s safety.

Teachers will not have to worry about loss of pay or benefits so long as they are able to work remotely providing quality educational supports to students.

They appreciate the collaboration during this uncertain time that has resulted in a memorandum of understanding that focuses on meeting the needs of our students, teachers, and school community.

If any parent and or student has not been contacted, they are asked to reach the district. Right now open enrollment and transfers are in progress. For more information contact student services at 619-691-5564.

For more information log on www.sweetwaterschools.org

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