April 9, 2020
Dear Elk Grove Unified Students, Parents and Families,
EGUSD Distance Learning Countdown: 7 days for middle and high school and 11 days for elementary school. In this and upcoming communications, we will focus on preparing for distance learning at home and will start with five parent tips:
- Set-up a comfortable and quiet learning space.
- Establish a predictable weekly routine – this can help students by creating a sense of normalcy and consistency to look forward to.
- Communicate often and make sure students are emailing their teacher or reaching out to their teacher during office hours. Parents can also be involved in the communication.
- Make sure students and parents are familiar with the devices and online platforms students will be using.
- Encourage healthy habits for eating, physical activity every day, mindfulness and screen breaks.
Today, to help parents plan and prepare, we will focus on tips one and two for finding a regular learning space and creating a daily routine and schedule.
1. Comfortable Learning Space
- Find a dedicated space like a desk, kitchen table or a comfortable sofa depending on your home
- Prepare the area with the learning tools the student will need (Chromebook, pens, pencils, paper and a light)
- Make sure there will be minimal distractions in the area during study time
2. Set a Daily Routine that Makes Sense for the Family
In addition to waking up at the same time, getting dressed and eating meals regularly, below is a description by grade level of what parents should expect with regard to allocating study and student work time.
PS/TK/K: Next week, schools will begin distributing distance instructional packets by drive-thru at their school sites. Parents and/or guardians should check their emails and voicemails about the distribution process from their school. Teachers will be in contact with parents and will provide instructions on completing the packet. Parents can expect TK/K teachers to assign up to 1.5 hours of distance learning per day.
1st – 6th Grades: An elementary student will focus on about five different subjects throughout the week and parents should expect 1st-6th grade teachers to assign up to 2.5 hours of distance learning per day including 30 minutes of physical activity. (Subject areas: English Language Arts, Math, History Social Science, Science and Health/Physical Education with the Arts inter-woven)
7th – 12th Grades: A middle or high school student will follow their course schedule. (Common courses: English Language Arts, Math, History/Social Science, Science, World Language, Health/Physical Education and possibly 1-2 Electives). General guidance in this area would be for students to expect between 30 to 60 minutes of instruction and student work for classes per day, or a total of 15 to 18 hours of distance learning per week. Teachers may assign work daily, or weekly, depending upon the course.
Example Depending on the School’s Schedule
|School Schedule||Number of Classes||Recommended Hours per Subject per Week
(Includes BOTH instruction and student work)
|Traditional||6 classes||2.5-3 hours per week (avg. 25-30 minutes per day)|
|A/B Block||8 classes||2-2.25 hours per week (avg. 30-32 minutes per day)|
|4×4 Block||4 classes||4-4.5 hours per week (avg. 60-65 minutes per day)|
Next week, we will send more communication to parents for distance learning tips 3, 4 and 5.
CHROMEBOOK CHECK-OUT CONTINUES AND TO DATE 24,300 OR 37 percent of 65,000 STUDENTS HAVE CHECKED-OUT A CHROMEBOOK
April 9th: Grades 1 & 2 Last names A-L 9:00 am-1:00 pm | M-Z 1:30 pm-6:00 pm
- If your student really needs a Chromebook, go to your home EGUSD high school: Cosumnes Oaks High School, Elk Grove High School, Florin High School, Franklin High School, Laguna Creek High School, Monterey Trail High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Sheldon High School and Valley High School
- For health and safety, the Chromebook check-out will be a drive-thru process to adhere to social distancing guidance.
- Student(s) must be present in the car to receive the device – 1 per student maximum
- Please write on a paper, have or know the Student ID number for each student
CHROMEBOOK CHECK-OUT MAKE-UP DAYS
Next week, families and students may visit any of the three high school locations where we will be offering Chromebook check-out make-up days on Tuesday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 15th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
- Monterey Trail High School (MTHS) – In front of the Admin Building
- Laguna Creek High School (LCHS) – Along edge of the Student Parking Lot
- Sheldon High School (SHS) – Using the first row of the Student Parking Lot
DISTRICT SITES AND DISTRICT OFFICE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
In following the updated Sacramento County Public Health Order, effective April 9, 2020, all District sites, including the Robert L. Trigg Education Center, will be closed to the public until May 1, 2020. Enrollment and other educational and business services will continue. To contact a department by email or phone, please visit EGUSD’s Division and Department’s web page. Departments will be monitoring emails and voicemails. We will respond to your request within a reasonable amount of time and we will be mindful of situations requiring deadlines. Thank you. Please stay safe and stay healthy.
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUESTS
Elk Grove Unified School District is making the following changes to student transcript request processes while guidance for social distancing and sheltering at home are in place in Sacramento County.
- Contact school: A parent, guardian or student who needs an official transcript will contact their school to make the request.
- Make an appointment for pick-up or delivery: A parent, guardian or student will make an appointment to pick up the official transcript at the school site or request the transcript be mailed to them.
- Keep social distance: School staff will follow guidelines for social distancing when delivering transcripts to those who are picking up transcripts.
NEW STUDENT WELCOME AND ENROLLMENT PACKETS
Elk Grove Unified continues to welcome and enroll students for this school year and the next (2020/2021). While our schools remain closed to the public, we have developed the following drop-off, e-mail/mail or fax process for completed enrollment packets:
- Parents and/or Guardians can go online to download and print the New Student Welcome and Enrollment Packet
- Parent/Guardians who do not have access to the New Student Welcome and Enrollment Packet or who cannot print it, can contact the school via email to make arrangements to pick up a packet and complete it at home.
- If a parent and/or guardian is unsure of their school attendance area, they can visit our District’s website here to search by address.
- Once the enrollment packet is complete, the parent and/or guardian may email or call the school of residence for an appointment to drop off the New Student Welcome and Enrollment Packet. Parents can also scan and email, mail or fax the documents to the school of enrollment. Please visit the District’s website for a list of schools and the school’s website where you can find the school’s address and contact information.
EGUSD IMMUNIZATION CLINICS POSTPONED
All Elk Grove Unified immunization clinics are currently cancelled during school closures. We will look at providing immunization clinics again in July and August.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AND SERVICES
EGUSD School Meals: Elk Grove Unified’s school meal drive-thru and grab-n-go service continues this week from April 6th – April 9th (extra meals will be provided to families on the 9th as no meal service will occur on Friday the 10th.)
Thank you. Please stay safe, stay healthy and stay home as much as you can. Remember to subscribe to the Elk Grove Unified School District’s YouTube Channel.