Quality instruction and commitment to equity for all students continues to be a focus for the WPUSD educational programs. We know the needs of our students and families vary, which is why we have provided two instructional options for the 2020-2021 school year. Please see the learning options below and their respective Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)'s.

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WPUSD will offer a modified 5-day school schedule for parents wishing for their child(ren) in grades TK-12 to return to school for in-person learning. Students will be fully engaged in learning while in-person, but will also have learning activities to engage in outside of their in-person learning time. Students will have their own/assigned Chromebook where applicable and may need to transport Chromebooks to and from school. Students with personal devices may be asked to bring them to school, as most assignments will still be submitted online. Elementary schools will begin at approximately 8:30am and run until 12pm (with possible minor adjustments to transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes). Middle and high school will begin at approximately 8am and run until 12:30pm (with minor adjustments based on school site). The schedules and start/end times will vary slightly from school-to-school and specifics will be provided to families directly from the school sites. The early dismissal time allows for teachers to serve those students participating in 100% distance learning and to complete other essential duties required of them during their work day to support all students' learning. 
 
We will adhere to strict protocols for safe interaction and socialization as outlined in our Roadmap to Reopening.  Students will also be expected to adhere to our protocols. In addition, we will be prepared to transition to distance learning in the event it is necessary to do so for staff and student safety. 

FAQ

UPDATED AS OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
 

Q: Do I need to sign up or fill anything out if I still want my student(s) to participate in the in-person instruction program?
A: If you originally intended for your child(ren) to participate in the in-person program prior to the start of school, you do not need to fill out anything.

Q: What if I start my child(ren) in the in-person program, but I want to switch to InterCONNECT (distance learning program)? 
A: Students will be expected to remain in their chosen program through the end of December - at which time, families will have the option to change their child’s program. We, of course, will be willing to work with families on a case-by-case basis if a change becomes necessary prior to the commitment date.

Q: Why is the school day ending early?
A: The early dismissal time allows for teachers to serve those students participating in 100% distance learning and to complete other essential duties required of them during their work day to support all students' learning.  
 
Q: What will a typical day look like?
A: Students will be fully engaged in learning while in-person, but will also have learning activities to engage in outside of their in-person learning time. Elementary schools will begin at approximately 8:30am and run until 12pm (with possible minor adjustments to transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes). Middle and high school will begin at approximately 8am and run until 12:30pm (with minor adjustments based on school site). The schedules and start/end times will vary slightly from school-to-school and specifics will be provided to families directly from the school sites.

Q: Will students be required to complete supplemental work at home since each day is shortened?
A: Students will be given independent activities and assignments to complete outside of the in-person learning time.
 
Q: Will students be required to wear face coverings all day?
A: Students will be required to wear face coverings. A cloth face covering or face shield should only be removed for meals, snacks, naptime, or outdoor recreation, or when it needs to be replaced.

Q: Will there be early dismissal for the entire school year? 
A: If there comes a time when the state feels there is no longer a threat from the current COVID-19 virus, then the district will look at changing back to a regular school day schedule.

Q: I work and I need my student to stay on campus until regular dismissal time (approx. 3:00pm) or later.
A: Sites may have childcare or supplemental programs to allow for students to stay on campus all day. These programs are not guaranteed and are a site-based decision. Please work with your child’s school site to determine the best possible options for your family. 

Q: Will bus transportation be available?
A: Bus transportation and routes will be very similar to previous years. Students who qualify for bus pick-up/drop-off will still have transportation options available. Drop-off times will change due to earlier dismissal times. For specific questions regarding transportation, please call 916-645-6346.

Q: Will there be meal options available for students?
Through December 2020, the USDA is allowing the district to provide FREE meals to all WPUSD students 18 years or younger regardless of their eligibility status through December 2020. All meal distributions (for in-person) will be held at each school site at dismiessal until supplies last. 

Q: How will students stay safe while learning in-person?
A: In order to have students on campus, school staff must adhere to the safety protocols in place in our Road Map to Reopening. These safety protocols will be in place until we are instructed otherwise by our local health agencies. 

Q: If schools are able to open for in-person instruction and Placer County returns to the purple tier as outlined in the California guidelines shortly after opening, will we need to transition to distance learning?
A: After opening, we would be able to stay open according to the Governor’s order. We would follow our Placer County Health protocol for classroom, site, and district-wide closures if positive cases surpass percentages outlined in the protocols.

Q: Will electives, extra-curricular, and sports be available to students?
A: Yes! While the state is postponing high school sports until January, once available, students will have full participation access. Middle school students will have the same opportunity. Electives will be available (grades K-12) - please contact your child’s school site for specific elective information.
 
Q: Are there going to be requirements for testing students for COVID-19?
A: See the Road Map to Reopening for the most up-to-date testing protocols.

Q: How will students practice physical distancing?
A: Students will be expected to maintain the maximum space allotted from one another while in the classroom. When outside the classroom and during passing periods/recess, they will be expected to maintain at least six feet whenever possible. Students will be required to wear face coverings while on campus. See our Road Map to Reopening for additional information.
 

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About InterCONNECT

 
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As students return to in-person learning, maintaining an equitable distance learning program is essential. With teachers delivering in-person instruction and distance learning instruction from their classroom, we can maintain a consistent learning environment. InterCONNECT students will benefit from fewer students participating in virtual meeting sessions, as well as rich online resources.
 
  • Teachers will continue to interact with students in a variety of ways which may include: video conferencing, synchronous learning (seeing the teacher while they teach), online programs, and other methods
  • Middle and High school will generally have synchronous instruction following the in-person schedule
  • Elementary students may access in-person instruction schedule synchronously or have live interaction with the teacher in the afternoon 
  • Available to all WPUSD students
  • Online daily schedule
  • Daily live interaction
  • Daily attendance
  • Daily teacher support
  • Access to a personal Chromebook
  • Students will be assigned to a teacher and grouped with students that are participating in on-campus instruction
  • Taught by credentialed WPUSD teachers
  • Grades TK-12
  • May participate in sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Training for parents will be available to support student learning at home

FAQ

UPDATED AS OF SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
 
Q: What is InterCONNECT?
A: WPUSD’s name for our distance learning program. Students in grades TK-12 opting for 100% distance learning will be assigned to a teacher from their school of attendance, along with other distance learning students and students participating in our in-person learning program. Teachers will provide a daily schedule and ample resources for students to engage in grade-level, appropriate learning aligned with the rigor of our district adopted curriculum. 
 
Q: What specific programs will teachers use?
A: Teachers will be utilizing Google Classroom, Google Meet, our district adopted curriculum, and a plethora of other resources that are either free (i.e., flipgrid, Khan Academy, etc.) or ones we purchased for them (Screencastify, Nearpod, Seesaw, etc.) to ensure students have adequate resources for learning. 

Q: Will my student have to participate in real-time? Or will lessons be recorded so they are able to complete school work at a later time? 
A: If we are full distance learning: Students will have daily live check-ins with their teachers between 1-3 hours long, depending on student need and will likely be broken up throughout the day.  The students will then have access to instructional videos and resources to help them complete assignments.
Once we reopen to in-person learning: The in-person program will be from ~8:00-12:30 (varies slightly from elementary to middle/high school).  Students will either be taught synchronously in the morning with in-person students, or have instruction and check-ins with teachers in the afternoon for no less than 30 minutes, as there will be fewer students and offer the ability to meet needs faster. Instruction modalities will be based on the teacher’s preference. Please contact your child’s teacher for specific information.
 
Q: Do I have to participate in distance learning?
A: No, this is a program option if our in-person model does not meet your family’s needs. 
 
Q: Is this a free program?
A: Yes! This is a free distance learning program offered through WPUSD to allow families the option of continuing at-home learning, but with added resources, requirements and standards.

Q: My student is on an IEP; how will his/her needs be met?
A: All Special Education Services will be provided for families who opt into the distance learning model. Services will also be provided should the district be forced to do all distance learning. Students that are receiving Specialized Academic Instructional (SAI) minutes either via the Resource Specialist Program (RSP) or a Special Day Class (SDC) will have their minutes modified in accordance with the new instructional minute requirement set forth by the governor.  The minute requirements vary by grade level. If you have a TK or Kindergarten student SAI minutes will be based on a 180 minute day, 1st-3rd grade, a 230 minute day and 4th-12th grade will be based on a 240 minute day. All related services (e.g., Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavior or Adapted PE services) and supplementary aids/services that your student receives will continue to be provided; however, the delivery format may vary. This will be outlined in an Emergency Plan in your student’s IEP. Your student’s Case Manager will be providing you with their daily schedule which will include specific times when your child will be required to attend daily virtual whole class, small group or individual sessions, and what times/days your related services will be provided.  
WPUSD recognizes that this platform is very difficult for our Special Education students, parents and staff.  We appreciate your cooperation as we move forward.  If your student’s current IEP has not been signed you will be notified to either schedule a meeting or make arrangements to sign the IEP.  As soon as we are able to conduct in-person assessments and/or provide small group instruction at the school sites you will be notified.

Q: What would a typical day look like (including instructional time)?
A: If we are 100% distance learning, school will run from ~8-2:40 (may vary by site), but your child won't be online that whole time (see the instructional minutes listed below). Your child will have to be online a few specific times a day to engage with his/her teacher. Once we reopen for in-person instruction, school will run from ~8-12:30 (may vary slightly by site), and InterCONNECT teacher meetings will happen between ~12:30-3 with options for synchronous learning in the mornings (contact your child’s teacher for specific schedules and synchronous options).
Per the state's guidelines:
  • Students in TK and K can expect to spend about 180 minutes/day engaging in class work (with a combination on online and offline activities),
  • Students in grades 1-3 can expect to spend about 230 minutes/day engaging in class work (with a combination on online and offline activities),
  • Students in grades 4-12 can expect to spend about 240 minutes/day engaging in class work (with a combination on online and offline activities)

Q: My student needs personal interaction in order to be successful. How can my student participate in activities that allow him/her to socialize?
A:  InterCONNECT students will have the opportunity to participate in classroom check-ins with their teacher and classmates, allowing for virtual interaction and socialization. Approved, extra-curricular activities will also be available to all students (options may vary by site). 
 
Q: If I choose to enroll my student in InterCONNECT for the beginning of the school year, can I switch to in person learning at my discretion?
A: Students will be expected to remain in their chosen program through the end of December, at which time families will have the option to change program.  We, of course, will be willing to work with families on a case-by-case basis if a change becomes necessary prior to the commitment date.

Q: Will my student be grouped in a class from their school or will it be based on grade level?
A: Students will be grouped in a class with their peers from their school. When the time is right for your student to transition back into in-person learning, you will have comfort knowing your student will be with some familiar faces. 

Q:  If the entire district goes 100% online due to school closures, would our children stay in InterCONNECT or revert to a different homeschool program?
A: InterCONNECT was structured to be WPUSD’s district-wide distance learning program. Should schools close, students will still be in their class(es); they will just move to the InterCONNECT program. 

Q: Will there be food options available while participating in InterCONNECT?
Weekly meal options will be available for students to pick up  ("Grab and Go") each week. Parents who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program are encouraged to apply/reapply for the program as you normally would at the start of each school year.  Additional information regarding student meal options will be provided in the weekly updates and/or from your school site.

Q: Will electives, extra-curricular, and sports be available to students?
A: Yes! While the state is postponing middle and high school sports until January, once available, students will have full participation access. Electives will be available (grades K-12) - please contact your child’s school site for specific elective information.

Q: Will the curriculum be the same for students participating in the in-person program?
A: InterCONNECT is the name of our distance learning program, but it is not a program in and of itself.  Teachers will be utilizing Google Classroom, Google Meet, our district adopted curriculum, and a plethora of other resources that are either free (i.e., flipgrid, Khan Academy, etc.) or ones we purchased for them (Screencastify, Nearpod, Seesaw, etc.) to ensure students have adequate resources for learning.  

Q: Will there be internet options available for students with limited access?
A: Yes! The district has hotspots available for families who have limited to no access. Please contact the district office for more information. 
 
Q: Will the district have Chromebooks available to students who need them? Can I purchase a personal one for my student?
A: Everyone will have access if they want.  You can also buy one on amazon for about $200.  We recommend a 4 GB Ram and 32 GB storage Chromebook (more information linked under WPUSD Resources on this page).  Again, we will loan one to anyone who wants ours. The same replacement cost for district issued Chromebooks applies as did in the spring - $350.