Distance Learning Information
Distance Learning Information
As we begin the 2020-2021 school year in distance learning, our goal to educate and provide equitable, rigorous instruction has not changed. We are committed to your student’s educational career and also their social and emotional well being. For distance learning, we have an established bell schedule that allows for student consistency and support.
Students are expected to participate in both synchronous and asynchronous learning. Teachers are working with small groups, reaching out to support individual students, and available for answering specific student questions during asynchronous instructional time. Different from when we experienced closure last spring, students are required to participate each day and grades will be assigned on a traditional scale.
In order for parents and students to view their schedules in Aeries portal, please make sure you complete the data confirmation process through Aeries Parent Portal so that we have the current contact information.
- Aeries Parent Portal Access https://sanjacintousd.asp.aeries.net/student/LoginParent.aspx
- Instructions for setting up and using Aeries Parent Portal can be found on HERE
New users will need to complete a verification process. Please contact our school site to obtain a verification code at (951) 654-7374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule Change Process 2020-21
- School schedules will be available for view in Aeries on Wednesday August 12, 2020.
- SJHS 2020-21 Schedule Change Request Form is located on the SJHS school counseling website and will be sent to student school emails.
- Please see the below reasons on why schedule changes will or will not be granted.
- Short schedule forms for seniors are available on the school website and student email. Seniors must be enrolled in 5 courses + Tiger Time Intervention. 9th -11th graders must be enrolled in 6 courses + Tiger Time Intervention.
- School Counselors will only be looking at the Google Form responses for schedule change requests.
- Please click this link for Open Electives. These elective changes will only be made if it is a straight across period change and the student’s pathway is not being changed. Please fill out the Google Form link with your request.
- The Schedule Change Request Form will no longer be available after 08/19/2020 at 3:00pm.
- At this time, the majority of courses are full.
- During the school year, students put in course “requests”. This does not automatically mean students will be granted every class they requested. It depends on the students’ schedule, what the student needs are, and how full the classes are.
Textbooks/Materials and Chromebook Distributions
Textbooks, materials and Chromebook distributions have already started and will continue through Friday, August 14, 2020, based on a grade/alpha schedule. We are using a drive-through model to allow for social distancing.
Technology (Chromebook) Support
SJUSD is committed to providing every student with a district Chromebook to support them during Distance Learning. Please note that for the safety and security of our students, all Chromebooks checked out from SJUSD are equipped with a content filter.
To ensure you are able to access all online content presented during distance learning, we encourage you to log-on your Chromebook and into your Clever Portal account this week (before August 17). Students use their student permanent ID number, along with their passcode #Pmmddyyyy (mmddyyyy=date of birth). For example, a student with the date of birth of February 14, 2013, would have a passcode of #P02142013 to log-on to the Clever Portal. Please see this link for additional information for logging into Clever.
If you have any trouble with the Chromebook or need a ‘hot spot’ for connecting to the internet, please contact our office at (951) 654-7374 or email email@example.com.
Google Classroom is a class-organization platform that incorporates Google's core G Suite (Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, and other Google products) so students can access everything they need for a class, including instructional lessons, group projects, files, and even a way to communicate with the teacher or the entire class. Students access their Google Classroom through our Clever Portal.
Google Meet is a video conferencing platform that allows teachers and students to communicate in real time, known as synchronous instruction. Google Meet allows teachers to invite their students to a live class setting through their Chromebook based on their district issues email address. Anyone trying to access the video conference without a valid San Jacinto Unified School District email address will not be able to join. You can learn more about Google Meet and their safety and security features by visiting their website.
Zoom Video Conferencing
Zoom is another video conferencing platform that allows teachers and students to communicate in real time, known as synchronous instruction. Zoom provides additional features not available through Google Meet such as breakout groups. Breakout groups allow teachers to create and monitor smaller student groups during class. For example, teachers can assign four students to a breakout group to collaborate about a specific topic or question. When students are in breakout groups, teachers have the ability to monitor what students are doing together, similar to in person instruction. Zoom is also set up so that only teachers and students using their district email address will be able to join a Zoom class. You can learn more about Zoom and their safety and security features by visiting their website.
What To Expect On The First Day Of School
- First period begins at 7:55 (if you have a zero or seventh period, it begins at 6:55). Give yourself plenty of time to get up, get dressed, and be ready to get online, just like you would if you were coming to school! Give yourself a good work space that is comfortable free of distractions. Routines are important!
- Log into Clever in order to access your Google Classrooms according to your schedule. If you are not automatically enrolled in the appropriate Google Classrooms, you can enroll through your Aeries Student Portal by following the links on your student schedule. Login early so that you have plenty of time to get where you need to be.
- On Monday, your synchronous (live) periods are Periods 1, 2, and 3. Links to Google Meet and/or Zoom for the synchronous session will be provided in those periods’ Google Classrooms. Be in your Google Classroom and ready to go before the period starts.
- Each period is 50 minutes long and there is a ten minute break between classes so that you can grab a snack and take a stretch break. Continue accessing your live sessions via links provided in your Google Classrooms according to the bell schedule.
- Synchronous (live) sessions end at 10:45. Continue to log into your Google Classrooms for Periods 4, 5, 6 to access work and teacher support asynchronously for the day.
Tuesday, synchronous periods are 4, 5, 6 starting at 7:55 and ending at 10:45. On Tuesday, you will also continue to access your Google Classrooms for Periods 0, 1, 2, 3, and 7 for asynchronous instruction and teacher support.
Distance Learning Frequently Asked Questions
Please see below for answers to some of our frequently asked questions regarding distance learning.
Is my child required to participate in distance learning?
Yes. All students are required to participate each day through either synchronous or asynchronous instruction.
What is synchronous instruction?
Synchronous instruction is when the teacher and the student are working together at the same time. Some examples of synchronous instruction are holding a live Google Meet or Zoom class, participating in a conference call or working on a shared document such as a Google Doc or Form. For synchronous instruction, both the teacher and the student are present at the same time.
What is asynchronous instruction?
Asynchronous instruction is when the teacher and the students are working separately and possibly at different times. Some examples of asynchronous instruction are when students are working on a class assignment or project at a time outside regular class time. For example, a student may work on an assignment and submit to the teacher in the evening. The teacher would then receive the student assignment then next morning and would be able to respond and provide feedback to the student through comments or an email. This is asynchronous because the teacher and the student are working independently at different times.
What should I do if I am having issues with my Chromebook?
Please reach out directly to our office to receive support with district issued Chromebooks. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need password help.
What should I do if I am having issues connecting to my class?
Please reach out directly to our office to receive support with accessing distance learning. All students should connect to the distance learning classroom and resources through the Clever Portal. The Clever Portal provides links to everything students need online to participate in class.