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Distance Learning

The Las Lomitas Elementary School District has put together this website to support all parents and staff with our recent move to distance learning for all students. This website contains resources, tools, and guidance on how to do remote learning successfully. The information and knowledge you'll find on this website come largely from the experiences and advice of those who have gone through this before us and the guidance of the California Department of Education.  We are immensely grateful for the work that our local districts have shared with us through the support of the San Mateo County Office of Education.  We hope that our versions might be of support to our colleagues across the county and beyond. Additionally, the information contained on this website is always subject to change as we learn, grow, and adapt to the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic making its way through San Mateo County, our country, and the world.

Presently our schools are closed and all teaching and learning are done remotely. Although this is challenging, especially when we did not have a lot of time to prepare for this change and the circumstances necessitating this change are beyond our control the staff in LLESD collaborated at all levels of the organization to plan and deliver the learning experience for all students. 

For the purpose of this guidance, “distance learning” means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations. This may include interacting through the use of computer and communications technology, as well as delivering instruction and check-in time with their teacher. Distance learning may include video or audio instruction in which the primary mode of communication between the student and instructor is on-line interaction, instructional television, video, telecourses, or other instruction that relies on computer or communications technology. It may also include the use of print materials incorporating assignments that are the subject of written or oral feedback. (https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/distancelearning.asp)

We have the following considerations and expectations as we plan

  • Provide opportunities for students to maintain social and intellectual connections
    within their school communities. 

  • Provide opportunities for practice and engagement in the learning and core content standards already taught to keep students from falling behind.

  • Provide some opportunities for new instruction and supports on the essential learnings in literacy and math (and science at the MS level). 

  • Consider the age of the students, the content area, and comfort level of teachers when designing lessons that individual teachers can create and monitor from home.    

  • Isolation of the students from the teacher and their friends is a key consideration. Create an experience where students and teachers make a connection via video-conferencing, video, chat, phone or whatever is most comfortable as regular as possible. 

  • Consider the parents' and families' conditions. Many are working and have multiple children and now are asked to be teachers. Be as coordinated as possible so that the parent navigation is simplified

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR DISTANCE LEARNING:

  • Each week, your classroom teacher will have structured opportunities for students to engage with one another and dive into learning. Once you have completed the assignments for your classroom teacher, you may explore and extend your learning by choosing other activities and online experiences from the Parent Resource page.   Distance Learning will not be a minute to minute replacement of the school day, nor will it always be a whole group video meeting like you are in the classroom.  Each teacher will organize their lessons, and their teacher/student connections that align with the grade level. 
  • It might be helpful to develop a schedule that works best for your family. Distance learning doesn’t have to be between regular school hours. Set aside blocks of times that work best for your child and family.
  • During work time, it’s important to help them create a learning space where they can be successful. While every house has a unique set-up, it’s important to try and remove as many distractions as possible. For younger learners, this may mean moving some toys into the closet or into a different room. For older learners, it may mean putting their cell phones away or keeping the television off.