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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Distance Learning Guidelines: Emergency Response COVID-19 School Closure March 16 – May 22, 2020 (April 17, 2020)
Posted 4/18/20

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Distance Learning Guidelines: Emergency Response
COVID-19 School Closure March 16 – May 22, 2020
April 17, 2020

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District took action on March 13, 2020, to dismiss school until April 12, 2020. On March 20, 2020, the closure of all HLPUSD schools for the remainder of the year was announced based on “stay at home” orders and the recommendations from Governor Newsom and State S uperintendent of California Schools, Tony Thurmond. The District (HLPUSD) and the Association (HLPTA) are committed to moving forward together to provide support and instructional opportunities for all HLPUSD students and families, while also recognizing that access and equity must remain at the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Maintaining safe learning opportunities for the benefit of students and communities served by the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District and its staff remains a top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Distance learning, during this pandemic, is emergency remote learning where the student and instructor are in different locations. This distance learning model enables students to engage in a unique education delivery model and provides educators with an alternative method of delivering instruction that does not require them to physically report to work.
The California Department of Education (CDE) identifies the following strategies that align with the current “stay at home” order:
• Interaction and assistance through online learning platforms
• Online curriculum for students to work at home
• Paper packets of instructional materials for students to work on at home

A top priority is to provide student access to laptops and the internet given nearly 76% of HLPUSD students qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Laptop and hotspot deployment will continue through the remainder of the school closure for those students who are enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year. This will provide an opportunity for students to access the learning resources available on the District website throughout the summer months.

Print and online resources were provided in the first three weeks of school closure. To ensure continued access to learning opportunities, each student, preschool through grade twelve, will receive at their home address an instructional packet with educational materials that include and vary by grade level, books, journals, activity books, and guided lessons.
The District is committed to increasing access to digital devices, internet and a learning management system to readily facilitate another transition to distance learning, should the need for school closure arise in the future.

• Provide learning opportunities for students utilizing District approved platforms. The learning opportunities may include enrichment, review, intervention, and/or exposure to new material. A calendar should be provided to students and parents for daily learning opportunities, which may include activities, lessons and related resources.
• Utilize District adopted curriculum and/or District approved materials to develop activities that promote deep learning and student interest.
• Inform parents and students of their availability via email and/or other virtual platforms.
• As experts in the educational setting, the District encourages educators to be innovative and creative when developing activities for students that address their unique learning styles.
• Connect with students and parents regularly to check-in, provide support, offer feedback, and answer questions.
• Monitor student progress and provide feedback on work that is submitted for review.
• Follow District protocols for monitoring student and family contacts during school closure.
• Report to the Principal any students with whom there has been no interaction or connection for five school days.
• Participate in professional growth and professional development opportunities through virtual resources, as needed.
• Maintain communication with school, colleagues, students and families. This includes attending virtual staff meetings, which will be scheduled ahead of time.
• Considering the personal challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the District and HLPTA recognize the need for certificated staff to have the ability to maintain a flexible daily schedule.
• Resources:

Engagement with learning will vary with family resources, available support and the unique needs of each student. Teachers and principals are encouraged to collaborate with students and families to find the amount and types of engagement that works best for each student and family situation. Students with an IEP will continue to receive support, and teachers will need to communicate with the case carrier to coordinate learning times and plans.

The following are recommendations for the maximum amount of planned student engagement times, which includes screen time, homework, reading and other activities:
• Preschool, TK, & K: Not to exceed 2 hours daily
• Grades 1-2: Not to exceed 3 hours daily
• Grades 3-5: Not to exceed 3 hours daily
• Grades 6-8: Not to exceed 3 hours a week per content area
• Grades 9-12: Not to exceed 3 hours a week per content area
Middle and high school sites will need to coordinate time schedules when considering synchronous, online times, should teachers elect to use this method of instructional delivery.

The following policy for grading remains in effect only for this current school closure and changes the current options for teachers to report student progress.
Per CDE guidelines, the grading policy should ensure all students are held harmless and they are not penalized during this transition to and implementation of distance learning. The Interim-Superintendent in collaboration with administrators and HLPTA, and taking into consideration the effect of this pandemic on students, families, and staff, has established the following grade reporting protocols:
• High school and middle school students (grades 6-12) will receive CREDIT
• Elementary school progress reports will not be issued for the final trimester
Students will promote to the next grade level and/or advance to the next course sequence as appropriate. Teachers, counselors, teachers on special assignment and principals will collaborate at each site and with feeder schools to adjust the academic learning plan in 2020-2021 to bridge academic gaps.

The above guidelines are based on the current stay at home orders from the State of California. Should directives from Federal, State or local authorities change, the above guidance may be revised. The District and the Board of Education are confident in the professionalism of our educators to provide distance learning opportunities for students and their families during this unprecedented school closure due to COVID-19 pandemic