UPDATE 7/29/2020: THE DEADLINE FOR PROGRAM CHOICE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, AUGUST 3, 2020.

REMINDER: IF YOU ARE CHOOSING IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION, NO ACTION IS NEEDED.

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.  School will begin at approximately 8:00am and end at approximately 12:30pm each day.  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. 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 AUGUST 6, 2020
 
Q: Do I need to sign up or fill anything out if I want my student(s) to participate in the in-person instruction program?
A: No. If you intend for your child(ren) to participate in the in-person program to start the year or when available, you do not need to fill out anything - any student who does not opt-in to InterCONNECT will be automatically placed and participate in our in-person program. 
 
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 the 1st Quarter (October 16, 2020 for Middle and High School students) or 1st Trimester (November 6, 2020 for Elementary students); 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 at 12:30?
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: Will students be required to complete supplemental work at home since each day is shortened?
A: Students will be given homework assignments similar to a regular school day in a regular school year. In most cases students will not be given a much higher level of work to complete at home, but may at times have some extra assignments to complete. Teachers will be focusing on Math and English Language Arts and teaching what is essential for their success. 
 
Q: Will dismissal be at 12:30 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 or later (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: Yes. 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?
A: Yes. Daily meal options will be available at dismissal each day. Lunch and breakfast (for the next day) will be available at the end of the school day (approximately 12:30P.M.) and consumed either at home or at the after school care program.
 
Q: How will students stay safe while participating in on-campus learning?
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 is placed back on the watch list 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 closures if positive cases are increasing in schools. A quote directly from the California Department of Public Health: “What if a school or school district reopens to in-person instruction, but the county is later placed on the county monitoring list? 
Schools should begin testing staff, or increase frequency of staff testing but are not required to close”
 
Q: How will students practice physical distancing?
A: Students will be encouraged to maintain 6 feet from one another when possible. When they cannot maintain 6 feet physical distance, they will be required to wear face coverings. 
 
Q: Will students be required to wear face coverings all day?
A: Students will be required to wear face coverings wherever physical distancing is not possible. A cloth face covering or face shield should be removed for meals, snacks, naptime, or outdoor recreation, or when it needs to be replaced.

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About InterCONNECT

 
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The ideal distance learning model taught by credentialed WPUSD teachers. InterCONNECT offers versatility for parents seeking at-home learning options. In addition, it offers the versatility should schools need to transition to distance learning in a smooth, seamless process. Teachers and students stay together, relationships and instruction maintain consistency. A simpler solution in a not so simple time. 
 
Teachers will provide a flexible daily schedule and ample resources for students to engage in grade-level appropriate online learning activities aligned with the rigor of our district adopted curriculum.  Teachers will check-in virtually on a daily basis with students to support learning. If needed, students can checkout a district Chromebook to ensure their access to and ability to complete required assignments. Student engagement will be required on a daily basis and attendance will be verified through the completion of weekly engagement logs.  InterCONNECT will be different from the distance learning we provided from March through June. Teachers will be well-prepared, well-trained, and have the resources needed right at their finger tips to deliever quality instruction. Teachers will have access to a three week training on InterCONNECT prior to the first day of instruction.    Additionally, training for parents will be available to equip you with the tools/skills to support student learning at home.

FAQ

UPDATED AS OF AUGUST 6, 2020
 
Q: What is InterCONNECT?
A: The ideal distance learning model taught by credentialed WPUSD teachers. 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 flexible daily schedule and ample resources for students to engage in grade-level appropriate online 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: Do I have to participate in distance learning?
A: No, this is a program option if a traditional, in-person model does not meet your family’s needs. Families wishing to opt-in to distance learning (InterCONNECT), must do so by July 31, 2020. If the district is unable to open for in-person instruction, all students will be automatically placed in InterCONNECT.
 
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: What would a typical day look like (including teacher interaction)?
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 can reopen school, we expect that in person instruction will happen from ~8-12:30 (may vary slightly by site), and interCONNECT teacher meetings will happen between ~12:30-3. These times may be subject to change based on current circumstances. 
Many families have expressed concern about instruction and screen time. 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)
Our teachers are very concerned and aware of the impact of screen time on students, and will build their instructional programs to provide balance and options for families. We do, however, expect that all students (whether in person or in interCONNECT) will spend time on digital platforms daily - so please count on that.
 
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.  
I am very aware 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: We weren’t happy with the previous distance learning model. How is this any different?
A: From March to June of 2020, we provided emergency remote learning activities for students.  We began preparing before the end of last school year to offer a true distance learning distance learning program for the 2020-2021 school year.  Through InterCONNECT, teachers will provide direction for learning and engage with students via virtual platforms.  Teachers are working to make our district-adopted, rigorous curriculum work in an online setting. We have purchased additional online resources to support teachers in providing instructional videos and other resources so students can access support beyond the live check-ins with teachers. Grading and attendance will be mandatory, and students must meet the required number of academic minutes (time spent learning) each week.  Curricular offerings via InterCONNECT align with what is normally offered in-person (with necessary modifications for distance of course), meeting A-G at the high school (where applicable) and providing for GATE, honors, and dual language.  The district will offer a plethora of training to prepare them for the start of the year, and will continue to provide support to ensure teachers are giving your student the best educational experience possible. 

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 can reopen school, in-person instruction will happen from ~8-12:30 (may vary slightly by site), and interCONNECT teacher meetings will happen between ~12:30-3. 
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 daily 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 October, 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 to transition back into in-person learning, you will have comfort knowing your student will be with 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 built to be a 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 from our school sites and/or food services department. 

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.
If we are able to offer in-person learning: The in-person program will be from ~8:00-12:30.  Students will check-in with teachers in the afternoon and for less than 1-3 hours, as there will be fewer students and offer the ability to meet needs faster.

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 on-campus learning?
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: The California Department of Education (CDE) is allocating monies state-wide to aid students with limited internet access and technology. The district conducted a survey in the spring to determine which families have limited access, and based on that information, we can partner with CDE and utilize their resources in addition to community resources to support families and their internet needs. We linked the CDE website to this page for more information. If you have specific questions about internet access, please contact your school site.
 
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 to a district Chromebook 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 needs one. The replacement cost for a district issued Chromebook is the same as it was in the spring - $350.