Parent and Guardian Support/ Distance Learning 2020

Parents and guardians have a role in supporting learning when it occurs in the classroom as well as in other formats.  These resources are designed to assist parents and guardians as they navigate remote learning.
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Each teacher in PUSD has been assigned a Google Classroom which can be used to create and monitor student assignments. 
Here are resources for Parents and Guardians to help their student in accessing Google Classroom where they can communicate with their teacher and find their classroom assignments during this time of Remote Learning:

Sustained periods of remote learning are successful when students have a routine to follow and a space in which to work and learn.  As you consider how to support your child's remote learning journey, be clear about the time of day any learning sessions will take place as well as the extent of the assignments your student will be asked to complete.  If you're not sure, ask your child's teacher(s). Once you have an idea about daily time commitments, plan a schedule for your child to follow. Stick to as predictable a daily routine as possible. Don't forget to include times for breaks and lunch.  In addition developing a daily learning schedule, it is important to identify an at-home learning space. Ideally, this space should have:

  • A computer, iPad, Chromebook or other device
  • Good lighting
  • Ready access to learning materials and tools

A dedicated learning space for remote learning should ideally be located in a shared area of your home such as at the kitchen table, a large kitchen counter, or a desk in a living room or family room.  When your student's learning space is separate from their bedroom and distanced from the television, it sets the expectation and tone that the space is for work and not play.  Additionally, a remote learning space in a shared area allows parents and guardians to readily support learning while also monitoring online activity.

As your student engages in remote learning, they're going to need to establish a regular routine. To develop your child's daily schedule, ask them about a typical school day.  Think about their capacity to stay focused and the amount of time that they can spend on a task.

Below is a sample daily schedule.  Your student's schedule will look different depending upon your family dynamics and your child's personal learning needs.

07:30 AM - Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth, etc.

08:15 AM - Organize learning space, turn on computer/device, log on to Google Classroom

08:30 AM - Review daily assignments from teacher(s) and get necessary learning materials (books, workbooks, etc.)

08:45 AM - Begin daily learning on whatever the topic is for the day

09:30 AM - Begin assignments

10:00 AM - Take quick stretch and nutrition break

10:15 AM - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required

11:00 AM - Check Google Classroom for any additional announcements

11:15 AM - Lunch and movement (Walk. Dance. Do exercises. Run. Follow an online workout routine.)

12:00 PM - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required

01:00 PM - Continue daily learning on whatever has been assigned

01:45 PM - Take a quick stretch and nutrition break

02:00 PM - Return to assignments, keep working, document learning in whatever way is required

03:00 PM - Summarize learning in whatever way teacher(s) have requested, and submit learning evidence online

 

Remote Learning should be just as challenging and rigorous as a day of learning in the classroom.  Teaching and learning just happens in a different place. Like in the classroom, your student's schedule might be a bit different on each day of the week.  There will be certain things such as stretch and nutrition breaks as well as lunchtime that should probably be kept consistent. The more time your student spends learning remotely, the more you and your student will know about what works best in terms of keeping focused, on task, and engaged in meaningful academic endeavors.

PUSD is committed in supporting the best use of technology to support teaching and learning.  We value the partnership of parents and caregivers when learning occurs outside of the school building.  As an important reminder, all students and adults using Pleasanton Unified School District technology platforms follow the expectations as described in the PUSD Technology Acceptable Use Policy.   

Students and adults should:

  • Use respectful behavior and language.  
  • Stick to appropriate topic discussions. 
  • Send only appropriate video transmissions.  
  • Use only appropriate icon, emoji, and avatar submissions.
  • Be honest and use academic integrity by not plagiarizing or copying others’ work
  • Not falsify information about oneself or impersonate others online.

When everyone remembers to act kindly, show consideration for others, and treat one another online as they wish to be treated in person, students and adults alike will be able to focus on learning.

 

Digital Citizenship/Common Sense Media 

Common Sense Media provides Family Engagement Tools to help parents and guardians support their students as they use digital tools.

PUSD provides information for Parents and Students about Online Instructional Tools and Student Privacy through the 1:1 Student Device Initiative.  More information can be found at the Student Device Initiative webpage
 
 
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