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2020-2021 School Information

CHANGES TO ATTENDANCE

Starting Monday, October 5, New Haven will be modifying our attendance taking procedures to meet State requirements for recording of attendance and student engagement.

Attendance will still be recorded by our teachers except there will be quite a few more attendance codes being used. Students will still be recorded as PRESENT or ABSENT. In addition, students will be marked for their engagement with instruction, which will be recorded as "Fully Participated", "Partially Participated", or "No Participation". This assessment of engagement does not affect a student's attendance, however, it will provide our teachers, sites, and families with information to support our students who are not fully engaged with daily instruction.

This is a district-wide change to attendance. Please see the attached document for more detailed information.


At the elementary level, different periods refer to different parts of the school day. All parts of the school day are required every day of the week.

Period 1 - 90 minutes with your teacher on Zoom

Period 2 - Did you turn in your independent work the day it was assigned?

Period 3 - 40 minutes with your specialist class or asynchronous PE

 

We have a lot of confusion about 2nd period attendance. Independent work is to be done daily, and we are required to mark participation of independent work daily. Students show their participation by doing their independent activities in Seesaw and turning in activities as evidence they participated. We have seen quite a few Seesaw Activities turned in but they have no work shown. This does not show "evidence" of participation and may result in an absence to 2nd period for that day. Parent - please routinely ask to see your student's work. Some students have been telling their parents their assignment is "turned in" which means they have pressed the green checkbox, but they have actually "turned in" the equivalent of a blank piece of paper.


Please make sure your child attends all three periods. You can call our office to excuse absences at (510) 487-4530.

Up to Date Information on Reopening School

Disclaimer- During the COVID-19 pandemic, information changes rapidly and new information is released regularly. This is the most current information we have (as of 10/9/20) and it will be updated if things change.

Alameda County Moves to Less Restrictive "Orange Tier" (10/23/20)
As case and positivity rates continue to trend in the right direction, Alameda was reclassified from the "red" to the "orange" tier in the State's classification system on Tuesday, October 13. For the NHUSD, this means that we can continue preparing for the next phase in our reopening process. The Alameda County Public Health Department and the Alameda County Office of Education also released a checklist for reopening and the district has been developing plans to ensure that all elements of the checklist are accounted for in our plan. A link to the checklist and the County's reopening guide can be found under the Alameda County Office of Education heading below. A draft of the NHUSD plan will be shared with the public at our school board on November 17. While the NHUSD is working diligently on our reopening plan, no date or timeline has been set for when schools will reopen. 
 
For more information, please visit our NHUSD district website tab- Distance Learning & Reopening 

Alameda County Moves to the Red Tier in the State's Reopening Process
On Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Alameda County moved into a less restrictive tier in the State's reopening plans. (Select the following link for more information: Blueprint for a Safer Economy.) If Alameda County remains in this tier (or a less restrictive one) it will allow the District to consider moving to our Phase 2 plan which is a hybrid of distance learning and in-person instruction. A link to our hybrid schedules for Phase 2 can be found below:
 
For more information, go to our NHUSD website and visit the Distance Learning & Reopening tab. You can also find information by viewing the Alameda County School Reopening Plan. Stay tuned by checking our weekly Home and School Connection Letter sent every Sunday. Superintendent Thompson also sends a weekly Friday update. We look forward to safely returning to school with our students and staff!
 
 
August 2020
School will be opening on August 12, 2020, in a 100% Virtual Learning model. This decision was initially decided by the NHUSD Board of Education at the July 14, 2020 board meeting. Friday, July 17th Governor Newsom announced several school-related updates that affect how we must proceed as a district as it relates to opening schools next year. The biggest news is that the Governor issued a state order prohibiting schools within counties on the state watch list from reopening for in-person instruction until certain criteria are met. While our Board had made the decision to move to Distance Learning the Tuesday before, Governor Newsom’s order no longer gives us any choice. Governor Newsom's announcements also provided much-needed clarity on the metrics we must use to reopen schools, it clarified expectations around the use of masks, and it gave details on a variety of other safety-related factors that school districts must implement. 

At the last Board meeting, the public shared many comments and concerns related to the reopening plans. The district has updated our Frequently Asked Question (FAQ Link) document on the NHUSD website to incorporate answers to as many of these questions as possible.
 
During the board meeting, the following presentation for the Reopening of School was shared. There is a lot of information provided in this presentation, and while all of it is important, I want to highlight a few slides that I think many parents want information on ASAP. For a full understanding of what was presented and approved, please view the entire presentation and/or watch the recording of the meeting.

  • A DRAFT schedule for elementary school students is provided on slide 17
  • Information about how Virtual Learning will be different from the end of last school year is provided on slide 20
  • Information about the Personalized Learning Academy (PLA) is provided on slides 29-32 (elementary)
    • There is also more comprehensive information about the PLA here.

What option is best for me? Starting the School Year at Pioneer or Registering for the PLA?

Many families have asked about the best option for their child in the 2020-2021 school year. This is a very personal decision that will take into account multiple factors including students' ability to work independently, students' need for social engagement, family work schedules, and obligations, level of concern over COVID-19. Students in PLA are enrolled with the Decoto School in New Haven. It is an online program. Pioneer may start the school year virtually, but transition into a hybrid model with guidance from direction from the governor and health officials.
Student Materials Distribution

 

Third Onsite distribution:

Location: In the school cafeteria

Friday, October 30, 2020  (8:00-4:00)

 

Please call the office if you need to arrange a different day or time for student material pick up. 

 

Chromebook requests can be made by calling our school office.

 

Please remember to update your school information on Parent Connect. And lastly, don’t forget to fill out a lunch application regardless of whether you feel you qualify. Our school title I funding is directly linked to applications. 

 

*Contact our office if you need to make an appointment for a different time. Thank you!

Need Wifi?
We have a limited amount of hotspots for families who need wifi access. Please let us know if you need one. Here's a wifi resource link from our district website. 
Daily attendance is mandatory for instruction whether you are in Group A or Group B. Your child's program is designed around their synchronous and asynchronous times. Please report absences to the office and notify your teacher if your child is not able to attend class. Please refer to our NHUSD Distance Learning Handbook for information. Below is information shared at our Back to School Night.
 
 

 

Instructional Minutes Breakdown for  ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Remember this is DAILY! 


TK & Kinder (180)

1st - 3rd (230)

 

4th - 5th (240)

90 minutes Zoom w/ Teacher (synchronous)

90 minutes Zoom w/ Teacher (synchronous)

90 minutes Zoom w/ Teacher (synchronous)

40 minutes of Specialist Instruction

(synchronous or asynchronous)

40 minutes of Specialist  Instruction

(synchronous or asynchronous)

40 minutes of Specialist Instruction

(synchronous or asynchronous)

Approx. 50 minutes of offline assignments (asynchronous) Approx. 100 minutes of offline assignments (asynchronous) Approx. 110 minutes of offline assignments (asynchronous)

TOTAL = 180

TOTAL = 230 TOTAL = 240

Cohort A Schedule 

Monday

Time

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Whole Group Instruction

8:00-9:30

Group A Instruction with the Teacher

On Zoom 

40 minutes of specialist instruction* sometime during the rest of the day. Times TBA. 

9:30-9:45

Break Time 

[Teachers break too!]

Play, Jump, Drink Water, Use Restroom

9:45-10:55

Small Group Instruction: Teachers will Schedule with students  based on student need.  Not all students will have instruction at this time daily. Your child’s teacher will communicate the schedule with you.


Asynchronous or Independent Work: If you don’t have Small Group Instruction, you can work on your asynchronous (independent) work. Check your Seesaw  feed and/or email  for activities to be completed. 

On Zoom






Check Seesaw and/or email

10:55-12:15

Break Time: Lunch and Off-screen playtime! 


[Teachers have lunch and prep.]

Offline please-- screentime break

To Be Announced

Specialist Instruction*: A 40-minute window of time after small group instruction (see note below). 

On Zoom *

1:45-2:45

Asynchronous Assignments (Independent Work):  Complete assignments on Seesaw


[Teachers are communicating with parents, in meetings and preparing for the next day’s instruction.]

Check Seesaw and/or email


Cohort B Schedule 

Monday

Time

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Whole Group Instruction

8:00-9:30

 

40 minutes of specialist instruction* sometime during the rest of the day. Times TBA. 

To Be Announced

Specialist Instruction*: A 40-minute window of time outside of Group B and Small Group instruction with the teacher (see note below). 

On Zoom* 

9:30-9:45

Break Time 

[Teachers break too!]

Play, Jump, Drink Water, Use Restroom

9:45-10:55

Small Group Instruction: Teachers will Schedule with students  based on student need.  Not all students will have instruction at this time daily. Your child’s teacher will communicate the schedule with you.


Asynchronous or Independent Work: If you don’t have Small Group Instruction, you can work on your asynchronous (independent) work. Check your Seesaw  feed and/or email  for activities to be completed. 

On Zoom






Check Seesaw and/or email

10:55- 12:15

Break Time: Lunch and Off-screen playtime! 


[Teachers have lunch and prep.]

Offline please-- screentime break

12:15-1:45

Group B Instruction with the Teacher

On Zoom

1:45-2:45

Asynchronous Assignments (Independent Work):  Complete assignments on Seesaw


[Teachers are communicating with parents, in meetings and preparing for the next day’s instruction.]

Check Seesaw and/or email



Getting Started with Virtual Learning 

for Elementary School Students

First Day of Virtual Learning is August 12, 2020


There are two things you will need to access a virtual classroom: 1) Your child’s school email account; and 2) directions for how to log in to Clever. Note that if your child is Pre-K, TK, Kinder, 1st or 2nd grade you can scan a QR code using the Chromebook’s camera in order to log in to Clever instead of using their school email and password. The QR codes do also work for some other devices if your child is using a device from home and not the NHUSD Chromebook.



School Email Account

If your child loses his/her email and password during the school year, you can email or message the teacher to ask for them again.  Teacher email addresses can be found on school website. Students can log into their email accounts using GOOGLE MAIL SIGN.


Clever 

Each teacher has a page at Clever.com that puts every app/program that their students use on one page. When students log into Clever they no longer have to log into each app/program individually. Instead, they log into clever and then select the apps from there. Your child can connect to Seesaw and Zoom on the Clever page. 


Most students likely already know how to log into Clever.  If you have a school Chromebook, Clever is the first thing that pops up on the Chromebook, and students 2nd grade and younger can use their QR codes to log in. (and sometimes the QR code will work from a home device too). If you are logging in to Clever from a home device:


→Be sure your child logs into CLEVER FIRST each day!


On the Clever page for their teacher you will find the apps for Seesaw for Schools and Zoom, and all other apps. If your child goes to these apps directly from their teacher’s Clever page, they will not have to log in again the whole day.


To Log Into Class Meetings--Use Zoom!

Teachers will use Zoom to conduct their online classes. We are still working out the details with our paid Zoom account integrating it into our teachers’ clever pages. At the moment this paper went to print, there were three different ways that it could and will work. Please check your school website for more updated information. Each of these three ways to connect to your first classes should work, regardless!

  • Teachers may also send a link to their Zoom class via student email address. You can check your child’s school email address for a link if it is not on the CLEVER page.
  • Teachers can also post and/or post it on Seessaw for Schools (see below). Seesaw is another app that is visible on your child’s Clever page.

Seesaw for Schools:

Seesaw for Schools is the amazing learning management system that we are using to run our classrooms online. This application is designed especially for elementary school students and families and will basically replace our use of Google Classroom. Teachers will use it to assign work, check student work, provide feedback to students, and communicate with students and parents. Students will use it to submit assignments, collaborate with peers, and communicate with teachers.


What’s great about this application is that once students and families learn to use it, parents can log in at any time to see what their child/ren’s class is working on, check the work their child has done and can leave feedback for their child--such as little voice recordings saying, “Good Job!” We have already started compiling resources to teach our parents how to use Seesaw too.  And parents who have more than one child in elementary school will be able to see all their kids’ work! Stay tuned for more information.


In order to access your child’s class for Seesaw for Schools, all you have to do is have your child log into Clever and click on the application you see there. Check your school website for more information.  

If you need tech support, please look under our "for students" tab and look for online resources.