The District will routinely update AUHSD families and community with information. We strongly recommend community members to join our mailing list to receive up to date information, as it is made available to our staff, students, and parents.
Included below are major updates and communication pertaining to COVID-19 impact and district response.
04/16/2021 - 2021-22 Full Remote Option Info
On Friday, April 16, the following communication was sent to all AUHSD families with information about 2021-22 school year:Dear AUHSD Parents/Guardians,
Starting in the fall of 2021, all AUHSD comprehensive schools (Acalanes, Campolindo, Las Lomas and Miramote) and the Acalanes Center for Independent Study will be open for full time, in-person instruction starting August 10, the first day of school. We understand that in-person instruction may not be the appropriate choice for students who are struggling with medical conditions or who might have household members who would be put at the unique risk by in-person instruction while we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to these ongoing circumstances, we understand that in-person instruction may not be an option for these individuals and families; therefore, the District will be offering a separate, full remote option for families with these particular circumstances.
To accommodate students with particular circumstances who cannot return to in-person instruction, AUHSD will be offering a Districtwide full remote program. Full remote programs will not be available at the individual schools as it is not possible to sustain individual remote programs at each campus.
During the 2021-2022 school year, AUHSD will offer a Virtual Academy program for students who may need to remain in the remote instruction.
Key features of the AUHSD Virtual Academy include:
- Students attend all courses in the virtual setting (via Zoom) and follow the AUHSD Distance Learning schedule.
- Students will receive daily, virtual, synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
- Teachers will follow the AUHSD curriculum. Some elective courses may be provided through the FuelEducation online program.
- Due to the size of the program, a limited number of courses may be offered.
- Students will be offered AUHSD graduation requirements and AG requirement courses.
- Students’ transcripts will designate courses taken at the Virtual Academy. 12th graders will be able to graduate and receive a diploma from their home school.
- Students will be enrolled in the Virtual Academy only and will not be able to participate in in-person activities (sports, extra and co-curricular) at their home school.
- Students wishing to return to an in-person environment during the 2021-2022 school year, may be able to do so at the semester based on space availability.
- Students requesting to attend Virtual Academy must request an intra-district transfer by completing the form below.
- Final details of the Virtual Academy program and course offerings will be established based on the student enrollment. Once we have established course offerings and informed the families, families will have 7 days to opt out of the Virtual Academy and revert back to their home school.
In order to successfully and timely plan for the 2021-2022 school year, families must complete the intra-district transfer form for the AUHSD Virtual Academy by April 30, 2021.
A parent information night will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20th from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Please submit your questions in advance through this form so that we are better prepared to respond. Additional information is provided in the Virtual Academy FAQs.
Students who are returning to in-person learning for fall 2021 do not need to complete any further information. Only those students who apply to the Virtual Academy will be considered for remote learning. Everyone else will be in-person.
Virtual Academy Intra-District Transfer Form
Parent Information Night Zoom Link
Virtual Academy Question FormApril 14 Board Presentation Slides/Recording
AUHSD Virtual Academy Webpage
Virtual Academy FAQ Document
Associate Superintendent, Educational Services
03/15/2021 - Ed Services Update
On March 15, the following Ed Services update was sent to all AUHSD families -
Dear AUHSD Parent and Student Community,
After a full year of Distance Learning, tomorrow, March 16, AUHSD schools will be opening doors to students for the first day of in-person learning. We are thrilled that the day our classrooms will once again have students in them has finally come. This day also brings many new stressors and a huge transition in instruction as we move from distance to hybrid learning. Following are a few important reminders that we want you to keep in mind as we shift to a new schedule and a new instructional model.
Safety is our Priority
It is crucial that our students returning to campus follow all outlined safety protocols. Following are the top four ways to keep safe on campus.
- Complete the daily screening prior to coming on campus and do not come to school if you have any COVID symptoms.
- Always wear a mask.
- Practice physical distancing. Stay 6 feet apart whenever possible.
- Practice good hygiene by washing your hands or using the provided hand sanitizers.
Transition to Hybrid InstructionAUHSD teachers have been working hard learning technology that supports hybrid instruction and evaluating hybrid curricular best practices. We have had highly productive professional development days and will be implementing the learned strategies. With that said, hybrid is a new way of teaching for all teachers on our campuses and presents us with various challenges that we have never experienced before. Teachers will be balancing three cohorts (Cohorts, A, B and C), in-person students and those livestreaming. There will be an adjustment period as we learn what works and does not work in our classrooms. We experienced this at the start of the year in our distance learning model and made shifts to improve our instruction. We appreciate your patience as our teachers work out issues in their classrooms and work with their students to find what works best in each class.
Anticipated High Number of SubstitutesWe wanted to be transparent and communicate that our classrooms will experience higher numbers of substitute teachers in the next two weeks. It was our desire to open schools as soon as we were allowed, however, that coincided with many teachers receiving their 2nd vaccine doses or still needing a full vaccination to return. Please note that we anticipate more than usual number of substitutes in the next two weeks. We appreciate your understanding.
Student ScheduleStudents may find their cohort specific schedules at this link. Any student wishing to change their instructional model, should contact their counselor.
We will restart our weekly educational services emails to be sent every Monday as we transition to the hybrid model. The emails will focus on different aspects of the hybrid instruction. General news emails will continue to be sent out every Thursday.
Thank you for reading.
Associate Superintendent of Educational Services
03/05/2021 - Details on Transition to Hybrid & FAQs
On March 5, 2021, the following was emailed to all AUHSD families by Dr. Nickerson -Dear AUHSD Parents and Guardians:
We continue our preparation for the transition to our in-person hybrid and full remote learning models with the anticipated Contra Costa County’s Red Tier designation on March 16. Red Tier is required for high schools to open for in-person hybrid learning. Next week is dedicated to our transition activities of student online training and in-person orientation and staff professional development.
We are tracking the County’s COVID-19 new case data closely. New case data, currently approximately 9 new cases per 100,000 per day, must reach 7.0 by March 9 for a March 16 conversion to Red Tier. Should it fall short, the Equity Positivity Rate Metric should allow for an accelerated progression to Red Tier by March 16. Additionally, the CDPH released a new Vaccine Equity Metric yesterday, which soon might allow counties to progress to Red Tier with new cases at 10.0. However we get there, we are confident Red Tier will be reached by March 16 and our schools will immediately transition to in-person hybrid and full remote instructional models.
Frequently Asked QuestionsBased on questions submitted through a form last week and other submitted questions, the AUHSD Transition to In-Person Hybrid and Full Remote Instruction FAQ document was updated. You may continue to submit questions and we will continue to update the FAQ document.
Week of March 8Critical activities for our safe and successful transition to in-person hybrid and full remote learning will take place during the week of March 8. There is no school for students on March 8, and March 9-12 will have asynchronous learning following a morning check in with Cohort Academy.
- March 8 will be a staff professional development day and non-student day to afford staff the essential time for the transition to our new model that requires in-person instruction to a small cohort while providing meaningful and engaging learning activities for our cohorts at home.
- March 9 & 10 will provide asynchronous learning through a Canvas module with the following general topics: Understanding COVID-19, COVID-19 in California and Our Community, Transition to In-Person Hybrid Learning Model, Health and Safety, and Site specific safety protocols.
- March 11 & 12 will provide regular subject-based asynchronous learning like on our typical DL Monday schedule.
- March 9 – 12 will provide opportunities for students to come on campus for a 30 minute (approximately) orientation. The orientation will include campus tours focusing on COVID compliance, review and demonstration of procedures and safety protocols and the support resources available to students. Special attention will be given to 1st year students, who might be coming on campus for the first time. Instructions and the schedule for orientation were provided by the schools this week.
Spring Break ExpectationsOur hybrid in-person program will continue immediately after spring break. We are not taking a pause for quarantine and are depending on sensible and COVID safe student behavior over the break. We are not banning travel (nor do we have the authority to do so), but ask that students/families make wise choices and avoid high-risk situations. Should spring break activity result in high risk, we ask that student self-quarantine for the safety of others.
Student COVID-19 TestingWe have been encouraging student COVID-19 testing every two weeks as many of our students return to in-person. This will be promoted during Purple and Red Tiers and testing will be provided on each campus every other week. (Student-athletes on some sports teams are required to test weekly.) Testing is not a requirement of students, but we encourage our students to participate for the safety of all in the school community.
Student & Staff Community CompactNext week, students returning to campus for in-person hybrid learning will receive and be asked to sign our Community Compact, an agreement for the behaviors that will be important to keep the campus safe for all. While only the on-campus behaviors are strictly enforceable, we hope that families will adhere to the spirit of the agreement with off-campus life.
New CDPH Sports GuidanceWe updated parents and guardians last week on the February 19 guidance update and the implication for outdoor sports in our District. The CDPH provided an update to their sports guidance again yesterday. The new guidance provides some clarification on the face covering requirements and provided an avenue for indoor sports to begin prior to Yellow Tier with strict safety enhancements. The Diablo Athletic League determines our seasons of sport and will review the changes and discuss implications for indoor sports in the very near future.
Please continue to practice and encourage your student to practice sound public health behaviors. Thank you for your efforts to support the safety in our community and our successful transition to in-person hybrid learning.
02/25/2021 - Updates on Transition to In-Person Instruction
On February 25, 2021, the following was emailed to all AUHSD families -Dear AUHSD Parents and Guardians:
We recognize that many of our families eagerly await the conditions for the transition to our hybrid instructional model and the safe return of 65% of our students to our campuses. Our teachers are on campus and ready, our facilities are fully prepared, and our safety procedures and protocols are in operation. As you are aware, high schools cannot transition to in-person hybrid until Contra Costa County reaches the Red Tier, which we project to happen March 16. As many of you know, we have been strongly advocating for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to eliminate the required five day waiting period after reaching the Red Tier. We were pleased to receive word Monday night of a modification to the CDPH guidance for schools which removes the additional 5-day wait. With our current projections, we would shift to our hybrid & remote schedules on March 16.
We are tracking our County and local public health data and updating our public health and calendar projections accordingly. This document shows our current projections and will be updated daily, typically around midday. With this projection, March 8 and March 15 would become non-school days for students
Frequently Asked QuestionsThis document presents critical information to our safety plans and instructional models for when we transition to hybrid and full remote. We know many of our parents will have questions not addressed in this document. Please submit any questions you have into this form and we will produce an updated Frequently Asked Questions webpage pertaining to the transition and communicate the FAQs next week.
Hybrid and Full RemoteThis table presents the number/percent of students choosing each instructional model. If you have changed your preference for your student, please contact your student’s counselor. There might be limitations to a switch to the in-person hybrid model due to facility constraints. If you wish to switch to in-person hybrid, it is advisable that you contact the school as soon as possible.
SportsWith the changes in the CDPH sports guidance released Friday which allow for all outdoor sports to begin as soon as next week with enhanced safety precautions, we were pleased our athletic directors and principals were able to advocate for our students and moved the Diablo Athletic League (DAL) to approve schedules reducing the overlap of seasons for those students wishing to play multiple sports. While there certainly are pros, cons, benefits and challenges to many of the scheduling options, I believe the outcome will best support our student-athletes to safely participate in sports. We await further direction for our indoor sports that are authorized to begin in the Orange or Yellow Tiers. Here is the currently approved DAL schedule:
We will be providing weekly updates regarding our transition on Thursdays through the coming weeks.
Take care and stay well,
02/16/2021 - Communication from Superintendent about Community COVID Testing
On February 16, 2021, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to AUHSD families -
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As we anticipate public health conditions (Red Tier) which allow us to bring students back on campus for the hybrid instructional model, we know that COVID-19 surveillance testing of students to identify asymptomatic cases will be critical. Testing of students will be an expectation as students return to campus. We are hosting our sixth community COVID-19 testing event for students and families on Monday, February 22, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Campolindo High School. We strongly encourage your student's participation.
AUHSD continues to work with Agile Force in association with PMH Laboratory that will offer the on-site COVID-19 testing at no cost to students and their families. Appointments are required and must be made by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17. They will be available on a first come, first served basis and do fill up quickly. To participate in testing, you must complete the required forms listed below and bring a copy of your insurance card (front and back).
Here are the details:
- Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
- Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Location: Campolindo High School, 300 Moraga Blvd., Moraga
- Test: RT-PCR Test (Viral Nasal Swab) and/or Antibody Test
(We have additional events planned for Las Lomas, March 1 and Miramonte, March 8 . Emails will be sent to AUHSD parents prior to these events with the signup link.)
COVID-19 Testing (both viral and antibody, at your option) will be offered. COVID-19 testing is covered and paid for under the federal CARES Act and the vendor will bill your insurance carrier, so you will be asked to bring a copy of your insurance card with you. You can also be tested if you do not have health insurance. In any case, there will be no cost to you, although you may receive a notice from your insurance carrier after testing.
February 22 Event Sign-Up: You must sign-up via the online scheduler by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17 to make an appointment. The online scheduler will send reminders to each participant by email and text message 24 hours and 2 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Currently, the calendar allows for seven appointments per time slot.
To access the online scheduling calendar, click here.
Testing Day: On the day of the clinic, a nurse will ask for your insurance information, completed paperwork, and then will collect a nasal swab sample for the RT-PCR test and a small blood sample for the antibody test. You do not need to have both tests, but both will be available. Please wear face covering to the testing and you will be asked to follow all safety protocols for the walk-through testing.
It is critical that you bring the following forms already filled out on test day. (Otherwise testing may be delayed.)
- Copy of the front and back of your insurance card
- Completed COVID-19 Patient Test Request Form
- Completed Venous Consent Form (if you are requesting antibody testing)
After Testing: The sample(s) will be sent to the laboratory to process and results will be sent to our local health department; and individual participants will be able to access results through the PMH Laboratory website after 3 business days from the date of the testing. No further actions will be required if the results are negative. If the results for the RT-PCR COVID-19 test are positive, a representative from the lab will contact you, and a consultation can be scheduled with a lab scientist or doctor to review the results and next steps.
The testing lab (PMH Laboratory, Inc.) will provide an aggregate report to the school that will only show the number of negative results and positive results for those tested.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nick Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org
02/05/2021 - Communication from Superintendent
On Feb 5, 2020, Superintendent Nickerson sent the following up date to all AUHSD families -
Dear AUHSD Parents and Guardians:
We remain hopeful that Contra Costa County public health metrics will continue to improve in the coming weeks and the County will reach the Red Tier this month, a California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirement for us to open for our in-person hybrid learning model. A very optimistic model of the declining new case rates projects our transition to hybrid learning by March 2. A more conservative projection would have us moving to hybrid in the following weeks. Our campuses and staff are ready. A more detailed explanation of projections, the CDPH timelines, and our transition activities can be seen in this email to our parents yesterday from Aida Glimme, Associate Superintendent – Educational Services.
We know that a continued sharp decline in new COVID case data is not a given with the unknowns regarding the new variants of the virus and human behavior. Public health officials also express concern regarding Super Bowl gatherings this weekend and the potential for these to disrupt the decline in spread. I encourage you to review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for small gatherings and safe ways to enjoy the Super Bowl. Let’s all do our part for community health: mask, distance, avoid mixing households, and stay home when sick.
Small Groups on Campus
We will be growing our small groups on each campus in the coming weeks to provide critical academic support and opportunities for students to connect. Schools will be communicating with families in the coming weeks as on-campus activities and learning opportunities become available.
High School Sports
The sports season has begun with tight safety protocols and restrictions for outdoor, non-contact sports including boys and girls golf, cross county, track and field, swimming and diving, and boys tennis. Girls tennis will begin in mid-March, and softball, baseball, and girls lacrosse will be scheduled to begin after the County reaches the Red Tier. Sports camps with small cohorts are continuing with their conditioning programs during their offseason.
It is critical that all athletes follow the school sports safety protocols, especially the masking and distancing. There have been some reports this week of athletes not masking as they enter/leave the campus and at other times when masks are required. This cannot happen and individuals and teams will be suspended from athletic activity should there be disregard for the safety protocols and guidelines.
Community and Student COVID TestingA part of our successful transition to more in-person school activity will be student participation in surveillance COVID testing. We are offering a community testing clinic at Acalanes on Monday, February 8. There are currently appointments available for Monday’s testing, but scheduling must be completed by 5:00 p.m. today. We will also be offering Monday testing for students in the weeks to come. Here is more information regarding Monday’s COVID testing opportunity and the link to sign up.
Take care and be well.
02/05/2021 - Update on Transition to In-Person Hybrid Instruction
On Feb 4, 2021, the following update was sent to all AUHSD Families by Associate Superintendent, Aida Glimme, with updates on transition to in-person hybrid learning:Dear Parents and Guardians,
Following is the Educational Services Weekly Update. In this update, we will focus on the transition and timeline relating to the reopening of AUHSD schools for in-person instruction. Following are the topics addressed in this communication:
- In-Person Reopening Criteria
- In-Person Reopening TImeline Explained
- Next Steps in the Transition Process
All of the topics addressed in this update were presented to the Governing Board during a presentation on February 3, 2021. Here is a set of relevant slides used during the presentation as well as a screencast video for those wanting to hear the slides narrated.
In-Person Reopening CriteriaThe reopening criteria are established by the California Department Of Public Health. Grades 7 through 12 (secondary schools) may not reopen if the county is in the Purple Tier. The County must be in the Red Tier for 5 consecutive days prior to providing in-person instruction. AUHSD schools must wait until Contra Costa County is designated to be in the Red Tier to reopen for in-person instruction. The following are statewide Red Tier Metrics and Contra Costa County measures as reported on February 4th.
Contra Costa County publishes new daily Case Rates and to monitor that rate, you may access their COVID-19 Dashboard.
In-Person Reopening TImeline ExplainedThe first day of in-person instruction is tied to Contra Costa County being in the Red Tier; therefore, the return day is a moving target. AUHSD staff has utilized Contra Costa County data and internal projections to estimate and project a potential return date. We understand that not knowing exact dates is challenging and frustrating, so we will closely monitor the data and update our projections to give parents, students and staff accurate and updated information.Following is a graphical representation of the AUHSD projected timeline.
- Blue area graph includes confirmed data
- Orange area graph includes County projections
- Gray area graph includes AUHSD projections
- Green line is a marker that shows when the data will reach 25 new cases per 100,000 (K-6 may reopen)
- Red line is a marker that shows when the data will reach 7 new cases per 100,000 (7-12 may reopen)
Below is a calendar representation of the AUHSD projected timeline.
Next Steps in the Transition Process
Changes in Instructional Models
Any families experiencing changes in family circumstances that are resulting in a need to change the instructional model (from full remote to hybrid or hybrid to full remote), please contact your counselor as soon as possible.
We are reaching facility limits in certain schools and/or classrooms and are starting waiting lists for students requesting to return to the in-person model. Please note that we want to accommodate all changes; however, there are facility limitations due to safety protocols. Again, we encourage any changes to instructional models to be communicated as soon as possible.
Again, to access the information described above through a powerpoint or a set of narrated slides, please click on the provided links below.
Thank you for reading,
Associate Superintendent of Educational Services
01/15/2021 - Updates on School Opening Guidance from State
On January 15, 2021, Dr. Nickerson sent the following communication to all AUHSD families with updates in guidance from the state pertaining to school reopening -
Dear AUHSD Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to provide some updates pertaining to the new California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance for school openings released yesterday and the North Coast Section decision pertaining to sports. We continue to adjust our planning to the new guidance and opportunities.
The CDPH released the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instructional Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California yesterday. While the guidance does not bring big changes for our preparation at the high school level, it notably clarifies the definition of an “open” school. This modification will require our County to reach the Red Tier prior to opening. While the Governing Board had previously approved reaching red tier data as a trigger to begin our transition to our hybrid in-person instructional model, the change in guidelines will mean that our transition timing is now per the CDPH requirements for reopening schools.
Our small group cohort opportunities for students have retracted some with the Regional Stay Home Order in place. When the Order is lifted, we will look to safely expand the number of student cohorts and in-person learning opportunities for our students significantly.
The CIF North Coast Section (NCS) Executive Committee met yesterday and approved a seasons of sport framework to allow local leagues to create schedules according to local public health conditions and the guidance from CDPH, which restricts which sports can plan at which tier. Here is the NCS statement. The governing body of the Diablo Athletic League (DAL), the local league of our District schools, met this morning to establish a preliminary schedule for “purple tier” sports beginning February 1. (If the Regional Stay Home Order extends beyond February 1, the season would be postponed as competitive sports are not allowed while the order is in place.) Here is more information from the DAL.
In the meantime, AUHSD sports camps can continue per CDPH guidelines and will be allowed to continue while a team is not in a season of sport per the new NCS guidance.
Take care and stay well.
12/18/2020 - Communication from Superintendent with Updates on Regional Stay at Home Order
On December 18, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to AUHSD families -Dear AUHSD Parents & Guardians:
As we close out 2020, a year with challenges, uncertainty and despair beyond one’s imagination, I hope you find time in the coming weeks with family and friends (within your bubble) to celebrate the good and anticipate 2021 with hope.
Given winter break and the Regional Stay Home Order, our schools will be quiet through January 4. At that time, we will resume our small groups on campus and sports camps, which will both be implemented with strict safety protocols. We will continue our preparation for the transition to our in-person hybrid learning model when Contra Costa County returns to Red-tier data. In the meantime, students committed to in-person hybrid and full remote learning options will continue with distance learning in our current distance learning schedule at the beginning of the 2nd semester on January 5. Information and resources pertaining to our safety protocols, instructional models and social-emotional support can be found on this website.
Please do your part and adhere to the important public health guidelines and best practices in the coming weeks. Our collective behaviors will determine the health of our families and community…and when our students can safely return to school.
I offer a few additional announcements as we close out the calendar year:
Student Cohort Assignments
Parents should have received an email confirming your student’s instructional model selection (in-person hybrid or fully remote learning) for when we return to Red-tier data. If you still have not received a confirmation, you can contact your school counselor or registrar upon the return to school on January 5. Cohort assignments will be available and emailed home during the first week of January. Students committed to in-person hybrid learning will be assigned to Cohort A or B. Students committed to full remote learning will be assigned to Cohort AC or AB.
Spring Academic Calendar
As previously announced, we are converting two Fridays into regular instructional days – February 12 and March 12. We recognize that this can be problematic for some families with plans. We are making the shift to provide flexibility to implement timely professional development days (non-student days) at two other times in the semester just prior to switching to our new model (as we reach Red-tier data), whether that is in January, February or even March. We know the challenges for our teachers to effectively teach in-person and stream to students at home will be high, so we want to support them with professional development. We are announcing the February 12 and March 12 school days now for your planning and will let you know the two non-school professional development days as soon as we can.
High School Sports
The California Department of Public Health has issued the much anticipated guidance for outdoor and indoor youth and recreational adult sports. High school sports are to begin no earlier than January 25. This CDPH guidance prompted the release of some updated plans by CIF and NCS. This CIF document summarizes the two seasons and the tier-based return to play guidance. You will note that the tiers and seasons are not well aligned. We will be addressing this with NCS and CIF. Our interest is for all students to be able to play as much as feasible when it is safe to do so. This CIF document provides additional details. AUHSD sports camps guidelines have been rewritten and the camps can begin with the stricter protocols and procedures beginning January 4. The Athletic Directors are communicating the new guidelines to coaches today.
Incident at Campolindo
Last week I reported on an incident involving a tire slashed at Campolindo. Many have inquired whether the investigation has resulted in any notable findings. At this point, the investigation is inconclusive and ongoing. We are in communication with the Moraga Police Department on a frequent basis and they have and are giving this case the considerable attention and resources it must have. We are standing in support of Associate Principal Vanessa Knight. And we must recognize as a community the ongoing and important work so that all students, staff, parents, community members feel safe and a sense of belonging in our schools and greater community.
The New Year
Never has our partnership with parents been so critical. Thank you for your efforts to support your student in the last 9 months. The fatigue all feel is shared and very real. We hope that the coming weeks can bring some joy and rejuvenation and our hopes for 2021 can energize all. We know our collective support for our students in the coming months is so very critical.
Take care. Stay safe. Enjoy the break!
12/15/2020 - Communication with Updates on Instructional Models and Transition to Hybrid
Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Ms. Glimme, sent the following message to all AUHSD families on Tuesday, Dec 15, with updates on instructional models and transition to Hybrid -
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for reading our weekly updates. We know that there is a lot of information being sent to you from the District and your school site. Email is our primary mode of communication and we appreciate you taking the time to read through all of the information that is coming to you.
The weekly update below includes information on the following topics:
- Instructional Models and Cohort Schedules
- Calendar Shift to Accommodate Transition to Hybrid Instruction
- Fall Semester Grades
Instructional Models and Cohort Schedules:Last week, all parents should have received an email confirming your instructional model selection; in-person (hybrid) or fully remote (distance learning). We understand that we had some significant technology glitches that resulted in many parents not receiving these confirmations. The confirmations were re-sent to those affected. If you still have not received a confirmation you can contact your school counselors, registrar or the Ed Services department.
Cohort schedules will be available and emailed home during the first week of January, 2021. While we originally planned on releasing these schedules prior to Winter Break, due to changes in students schedules in semester classes, we will need to wait to finalize cohort assignments during the first week of January. You will receive your schedule at that time. Thank you for understanding.
Calendar Shift to Accommodate Transition to Hybrid Instruction:In order to provide timely professional development and training relating to hybrid instruction we will be shifting the instructional calendar during the second semester. February 12 and March 12, 2021, which are currently non-instructional (no school) days for students, will become regular school days. The two non-instructional days will be used as professional development days at the start of the in-person hybrid instruction, when the County reaches Red Tier data. We do not have current dates for these two non-school days as they are related to the COVID-19 case data, but we will communicate that information as soon as we have it. In the meantime, please make sure to mark February 12 and March 12 as regular school days.
End of Fall Semester Grades:This is the last week of the first semester and we hope all students will get a well-deserved rest during the upcoming Winter Break. We hope all students are successfully completing this Fall Semester. I wanted to take this moment to remind you that the Fall Semester officially ends in January and that student final grades will not be posted until the first week of January. We ask that all students and parents take a break, not contact their teachers asking for grades as those will be updated once our staff comes back from the break. Thank you for understanding.
Thank you for reading and we hope that you enjoy a well-deserved break.
Associate Superintendent of Educational Services
12/04/2020 - Communication from Superintendent about Regional Stay Home Order
On December 4, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to AUHSD families about the California Regional Stay Home Order -Dear Parents and Guardians:
Governor Newsom’s December 3rd action with the Regional Stay Home Order was necessary and applauded as a positive measure to address our public health crisis and the concerns regarding our regional healthcare capacity. The Regional Stay at Home Order would be imposed regionally with 5 California regions. We are part of the Bay Area region. The Order becomes active 48 hours after a region’s hospital ICU bed occupancy surpasses 85%.
Contra Costa County, however, and several other Bay Area counties are not waiting for the inevitable. They are implementing the restrictions now beginning Sunday, and the order will remain in place at least until January 4. “We are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations here in Contra Costa County and across our region,” said Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Christopher Farnitano. “The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in our county has doubled in just the past couple of weeks, and we are at risk of exceeding our hospital capacity later this month if current trends continue.”
Stay Home Order and AUHSDConsistent with the State and County order and direction from Dr. Farnitano, we will continue with our phased opening of our schools and some programs will remain open. Many of the in-person targeted learning support programs and small cohorts in our schools will stay open. However, we plan to suspend our afterschool sports conditioning camps through January 4.
The order does not change current guidance for schools and their path to safely offering in-person instruction. While the AUHSD does not plan to open our in-person hybrid model until the 2nd semester AND after Contra Costa County public health data returns to the “Red Tier,” which will presumably be well after the stay home order is lifted, we have small groups and cohorts on campus now as part of our path to in-person instruction. To reiterate, we will not begin our in-person hybrid learning model until after the County public health data is in the Red Tier, which should be well after the stay home order is in place.
As we anticipated, the fall season of athletics will not start as scheduled on December 7. The CIF put out this statement earlier this week that postpones the start until updated guidance is issued. We know this is devastating news to many of our student-athletes and recognize the critical importance of our athletics program. And we still hope for sports seasons when public health conditions allow. We anticipate a release of updated guidance for school sports from the California Department of Public Heath, which will very likely indicate which high school sports can happen under which Tiers (Purple, Red, Orange, Yellow). After that release, we expect the CIF & NCS to release adjusted schedules. The CIF has cancelled all Regional and State Championships to allow more time in a revised schedule and the NCS will consider the same. We simply do not know at this time whether some, most or all sports will happen during the 2020-2021 school year. We should all remain hopeful and the District and schools will provide more information as soon as it is available.
Doing Our PartThe prevalence of COVID-19 has risen dramatically in our County and communities through the month of November and the rise is projected to continue in the coming weeks.
Contra Costa County – New Cases per Day per 100,000 (Dec 4 CCHS Data)
As we have said throughout, together we will get through this. Never has our own personal behavior been more important for our safety, the safety of our families and the safety of the community. Please do your part and adhere to best practices to promote public health:
- Stay home consistent with the new orders.
- Always wear face coverings when outside your household.
- Physical distance when outside your household.
- Stay home and contact your medical provider when feeling symptoms.
- Participate in surveillance testing program.
- Avoid gatherings outside your household.
- Quarantine yourself when exposed to positive cases or a risky environment
Take care and stay well.
11/30/2020 - Communication about Parent Forum & Hybrid Learning Commitment
On November 30, 2020, Ms. Glimme sent the following communication to AUHSD famiilies about the parent forum webinar as well as reminders on Hybrid Learning Commitment that all parents will complete by December 2, 2020 -Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you had a restful Thanksgiving break and enjoyed a few days of family time.
We are back in the full swing of things as we continue to plan for the return to in-person instruction. AUHSD schools will reopen for in-person instruction when Contra Costa County shows “Red Tier” COVID-19 case data. Currently, the County is in the Purple Tier and AUHSD schools will continue with the support of students through small groups, meetings with co- and extra curricular groups and sports camps. Again, in-person learning will re-open when the County is in the Red Tier.
In order to be ready for the Red Tier reopening, we have asked all parents and guardians to submit a commitment letter selecting the instructional model their student will participate in when the schools reopen. The commitment letters are due at the end of the day Wednesday, December 2nd. You may access the commitment letter here.
Commitment letter confirmations with your selected instructional model will be emailed to all families on Thursday, December 3, 2020.
We have received many questions regarding the in-person instruction and options available for our students when the schools reopen for in-person instruction. We have developed numerous resources that we believe can be helpful to you in making the decision. All the mentioned resources can be found on the AUHSD Commitment Letter Information page.
We want you to have all of the information you need when making the decision about returning to in-person instruction. When the schools open for in-person instruction, they will open under the hybrid schedule. As educators, we believe that in-person instruction is the most effective and beneficial model of instruction. While the hybrid model is not ideal and has its challenges, we understand that the in-person instructional minutes are highly valuable as is the in-person interaction among peers and between students and teachers, which cannot be replaced by online school. While many of our students have thrived during distance learning and while our teachers have done an outstanding job, we want to have our students back in the classrooms. We also recognize that some students have health conditions or have family members with health conditions and we want to make sure to provide them with the best option we can through fully remote learning. When making your decision, please keep all this in mind and read through the available resources.
In addition to the posted resources, the District and schools sites are hosting parent information forums. The District Parent Forum is being held this evening, Monday, November 30th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. This forum will be held through a webinar format where there will be a short presentation and an opportunity to ask questions on the following topics:
- In-person safety protocols
- Schedule implementation timeline
- Hybrid Schedule
- Fully Remote Schedule
- Academic support
- Commitment Letter
You may join the meeting by going to this link. A recording of the meeting will be available on the District website Tuesday morning.
Thank you for reading,
Associate Superintendent, Educational Services
Links to Resources:
- Frequently Asked Questions (updated periodically)
- In-Person Hybrid Schedule Overview (Video) (Slides Only)
- Fully Remote Schedule Overview (Video) (Slides Only)
- In-Person Safety Protocols (Video) (Slides Only)
- In-Person Learning Implementation Timeline (Video) (Slides Only)
- Instructions to Complete
- Commitment Letter (Video) (Slides Only)
11/19/2020 - Communication about Parent Action Needed for Instruction Model Selection
On November 19, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following communicaton to AUHSD families with information about AUHSD's Hybrid Learning and Fully Remote Learning models, and steps for parents to make a slection for their child(ren) -
Dear AUHSD Parents and Guardians:
The AUHSD Governing Board approved the proposed models for in-person hybrid learning and the alternative for continued remote learning at their meeting last night. The models bring significant improvements to the models previously approved in the summer. We will not shift from our current distance learning structure to these new models until the 2nd semester and when the County returns to the “Red Tier” according to the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. We firmly believe the hybrid in-person model will best meet the needs of most of our students; however, we recognize some students and families have unique health needs that would prompt selection to continue in remote learning.
Clearly the national, California and Contra Costa community COVID-19 prevalence is rising rapidly now and is anticipated to stay relatively high through the holiday season, yet we feel it is important to move forward and assign cohorts in the coming weeks prior to the start of the 2nd semester. We need to do so in order to be able to quickly switch into the new models (hybrid and remote) when the public health conditions are safe to do so (Red Tier). To effectively assign cohorts, we will need commitments from families for the model they choose.
We are asking for your commitment to a learning model through a response to a survey by December 2. The link is below. You will need your student’s ID to complete the survey. The commitment is for the remainder of the school year after we shift to the new models. While there might be some flexibility to change your selected model, particularly in the first weeks after we switch, we hope each family will carefully consider the models to select the best option for the remainder of the year.
In order for families to make the best decision, we have assembled a website with comprehensive overviews of the models, video explanations, FAQs and more. Additionally, there will be parent forums via Zoom at school sites and districtwide to answer questions. Information regarding the sessions will be provided by the schools and the District.
Learning Model Commitment Information and Resources
Commitment Survey (1 per student completed by Dec. 2)
We hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
11/18/2020 - Board Presentation on Hybrid & Distance Learning Models
11/16/2020 - Ed Services Update about Instructional Learning Models
On Nov 16, 2020, Ms. Glimme sent the following message to AUHSD families about Instructional Learning models, recommendations to the Governing Board, timeline and next steps:Dear Parents and Guardians,
Following is the weekly update from the Educational Services department.
Instructional Learning Models
In last week’s Educational Services communication, we provided an update regarding the review and revision process of the schedules that will be utilized when the AUHSD schools return for in-person instruction. You may access last week’s communication here.
On Wednesday, November 18, during the Governing Board meeting, staff will be recommending changes to the currently approved hybrid and distance learning model. We wanted to give you an update on what those recommended changes will be.
When AUHSD schools re-open for in-person instruction they will reopen under a Hybrid Instructional Model. Hybrid model allows for half of the students to participate in in-person instruction while the other half participates remotely. The reason the schools may not fully reopen and have all students attend in-person instruction at the same time is due to the Contra Costa County Health Services guidelines stating that we must have 4 to 6 feet of physical distance between students in all classrooms and all other instructional areas. Given these requirements, AUHSD schools are able to accommodate half of the students on campuses at one time.
Prior to returning to in-person instruction, families will be asked to make a decision and decide for each child between two instructional learning models:
- In-person Hybrid Instructional Model
- Full Remote Learning Model
There will be some limited time after the start of the new schedule where families may change their selection.
Below are the brief descriptions of the two models. Please note that these are draft models and at this time are recommendations that will be made to the Governing Board. They are not final models as they have not been Board approved.
In-person Hybrid Instructional ModelYou may access the Draft of the Hybrid Instructional Model here.
General Aspects of the In-Person Hybrid Instructional Model:
- Students will be split into two cohorts (A and B). The split will be alphabetical with the exception of some specialty classes.
- Mondays are fully remote with all students required to meet virtually in their Cohort Academy followed by asynchronous instruction.
- Tuesday through Friday are synchronous with two days being on campus and two days virtual.
- Tuesday through Friday, both cohorts will begin each period together. Amount of synchronous time will be decided by the teacher depending on the lesson.
- Lunch and Academy will be in-person and will be staggered. Half of the in-person students will be assigned to “Academy 1” and “Lunch 2” while the other half of the students will be assigned to “Lunch 1” and “Academy 2”, allowing for more individualized attention during Academy and fewer students on campus during lunch.
Fully Remote Instructional ModelGeneral Aspects of the Fully Remote Instructional Model:
- Students unable to return to in-person instruction will be assigned to a Cohort C and will remain in the existing schedule.
- Cohort C will be “grouped” with, and will follow a Cohort A or B schedule (AC or BC).
- On Mondays all cohorts (A,B,C) are fully remote.
- During Remote Synchronous days, Cohort C will follow a regular Hybrid In-Person schedule as it is remote for those cohorts.
- During In-Person days, Cohort C will live stream via Zoom into the classrooms.
- Live streaming may be replaced by a different activity depending on subject area or teacher discretion.
- Support will be provided during designated Cohort C time on Mondays or during “0” period time.
Timeline and Next StepsThe information above presents some general considerations regarding the proposed schedules. The Governing Board presentation on November 18 will include additional information. Based on the Board meeting and the provided direction, we will communicate additional details, final schedule and considerations on Thursday, November 19th. You may access the Board Agenda at this link.
We are concerned with the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in our community and across the state as well as the country. We will be presenting and discussing the possible implications of this data on the reopening plans and timelines. Any potential changes in the implementation timelines will be communicated by the District Office.
Finally, we would like to be able to answer your questions and develop a Frequently Asked Questions document. If you have any questions, please submit them using this form.
Associate Superintendent of Educational Services
11/10/2020 - Ed Services Update about Hybrid Schedule Planning
On Nov 10, 2020, Ms. Glimme sent the following message to AUHSD families about the Hybrid Instruction Model planning and timelines:Dear Parents and Guardians,
With almost half of the school year under our belt in the distance learning schedule, the need for the weekly communications from the Educational Services department regarding the distance learning instructional model have shifted. We recognize the need for increased communication regarding the changes in the instructional model and the move to the hybrid instruction starting in January of 2021. While there will be more comprehensive communications coming from the District Office that encompasses all departments involved in ensuring the safe reopening of our schools for in-person instruction, the Educational Services staff, will focus our weekly communications on the schedule, curriculum and instruction and student support. With this being such a large change and a big part of all of our students and families lives, we will make sure to routinely communicate and provide you with regular updates as we move forward.
Hybrid Instruction Model:At the October 21st Governing Board meeting, the AUHSD Board approved a phased-in approach to reopening our schools for in-person instruction starting January 2021. Since the meeting, a work group consisting of AUHSD staff members has been meeting regularly to review and revise the draft Hybrid model that was developed during the summer of 2020.
With the understanding that this is a tremendous challenge and to avoid jumping to immediate solutions without examining all possible challenges and options, the work group followed a design process to evaluate input that has been gathered over the past months, rethink the challenges within the original hybrid model, and prototype various hybrid schedules.
The group examined input gathered from the prior student, staff and parent surveys and what we have learned over the last few months while in distance learning and from districts and schools who have been able to reopen in hybrid this fall. We spent significant time going through the tremendous amount of input to ensure we understand the multiple and diverse perspectives and complex needs of our students and staff members. To ensure that we deliver a robust and high quality program to all students; those returning to in-person instruction and those who select to stay in distance learning, several guiding values were developed that were kept in mind through the process:
- Maximizing synchronous/live instructional minutes (in-person or virtual).
- Minimizing time spent in asynchronous (independent) learning.
- Minimizing disruption to the student and staff schedules.
- Bringing back the value of the Academy period to support our students.
- Ensuring daily and regular contact with our students.
- Limiting student and staff COVID-19 exposure.
- Retaining late start to the school day.
- Implementing consistent daily school day start.
- Providing flexible spaces on campus for students who need a quiet learning environment.
The work group is in the process of finalizing the revised schedule that encompasses those mentioned guiding values. Following is the timeline related to the schedule communication and our next steps:
November 16 - Hybrid schedule will be communicated to the community.
November 18 - Staff will present the hybrid schedule to the Governing Board for approval.
November 19 - Community will be provided with all schedule resources and schedule related information to make their return decision.
November 19 - December 2 - Intent to return declaration timeline (time for parents to declare their intent to return or remain in Distance Learning).
November 30 - Parent Forum - District Wide parent forum to answer questions regarding scheduling options.
We have been very busy developing a model to best serve our students and have a lot of hard work ahead of us. Thank you for your continuous support.
Thank you for reading. We hope you enjoy the day off with your family members as we recognize our veterans on Wednesday, November 11.
Associate Superintendent of Educational Services
11/04/2020 - Board Presentation on COVID-19 Safety Protocols
On Nov 4, 2020, AUHSD staff shared COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures with the Board. The video below includes the Board presentation.
The presentation slideshow can be viewed below.
Direct Links: Video | Slideshow
10/21/2020 - Board Presentation on Transition to In-Person Instruction
10/13/2020 - Communication Regarding Survey
On Ocotober 13, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to all AUHSD families requesting response to a short survey to indicate intent to return to in-person instruction.Dear Parents & Guardians,
We are writing to request your response to a short survey to indicate your intent for the return of your student to in-person learning. As anticipated, Contra Costa County lifted some restrictions on in-person learning this week. We are now progressing toward a hybrid model of in-person and distance learning for the students.
Your response will be a preliminary indication of your intent. The response data will inform our planning and refinement of our hybrid and distance learning plans that were developed in the summer. We will ask for a final commitment from families prior to moving to the hybrid model after we share a more detailed description of the options. While we anticipate the majority of our students will return to the hybrid on-campus instructional model, we recognize that some students will need or choose to remain in distance learning. We are committed to supporting these students with robust distance learning and school connection for the remainder of the year.
The survey is not anonymous as we need clear understanding of the intent of our students. We ask that you submit only one survey per student. The survey is due no later than Monday, October 19, at 5:00pm. We will present the survey results as well as an update to our plan for the return to in-person learning at the October 21 Governing Board Meeting.
Thank you for your partnership in planning for this next transition for our students.
Parent Survey - AUHSD - Return to In-Person InstructionSincerely,
10/09/2020 - Communication from the Superintendent
On October 9, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to AUHSD familes -Dear AUHSD Parents/Guardians:
I am writing to update our parent community following the meeting of the AUHSD Governing Board on Wednesday in which they discussed the plan to bring students on campus for in-person learning.
District administrative staff presented a plan for a progression of student opportunities to come on our campuses in October and November for academic and social-emotional support and connection with staff and peers. The first phases to the plan's progression have started and implementation will continue in the coming weeks. The plan would lead to an in-person and distance learning hybrid model of teaching and learning to begin in the 2nd semester. The Board discussed the plan and ultimately asked staff to bring revisions reflecting a more ambitious plan for bringing students on campus. The Board will discuss the matter again during their meeting on October 21.
The issue of opening up our schools for in-person learning has certainly become a very controversial topic within our community. We hear from many parents and students that we must open our schools faster. We hear from many that we should be more cautious. And we hear from many expressing that we must maintain a high quality distance learning program for those who choose not to return when we phase to the hybrid model. Our charge is to best meet the needs of all, but to do so safely.
You will be receiving a survey early next week for you to share more about your perspective and intents around your student returning to our campuses for support and/or the hybrid learning model. We hope that you will complete the survey as the results will significantly impact program offerings and design.
Undoubtedly, these are difficult times. We are reminded daily of the risks associated with COVID-19. While the public health COVID-19 data in our community has gotten better and better, we know this can change quickly as the county loosens restrictions and entities open up. We also know that our behaviors, including wearing a mask and physical distancing, will be more and more critical as we enter this next phase and as the weather changes and flu season commences. Please encourage your student to continue these behaviors not just for their health, but for the health of others. These behaviors will be absolutely essential as we bring more students on campus in the coming weeks.
Take care and stay well.
10/07/2020 - Board Presentation on Return to Campus Roadmap
10/02/2020 - Communication from the Superintendent
On October 2, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to AUHSD families:Dear AUHSD Parents/Guardians:
The AUHSD Governing Board will be meeting next week on Wednesday, October 7, 7:00pm, to discuss plans to bring students back to campus. Contra Costa County COVID-19 public health status has progressed just into the Red Substantial Tier in the risk level metric within the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Given our current "Red" status, public health guidance might provide some flexibility for students to be on our campuses for instruction in the coming weeks. However, we remain concerned and cautious in our planning as we must keep student and staff safety at the forefront.
Staff will be recommending to the Governing Board a progression of in-person supplemental learning and connection opportunities for our students through the remainder of the semester. Our distance learning format would continue through December, but more and more students would have opportunities to come on campus in small groups for support, and staff and peer interaction. Our plan will provide opportunity for all students to eventually come on campus this semester for additional academic support, social-emotional support, engagement in extracurricular activities, or simply to connect with others.
The progression would lead us to a hybrid model of in-person and distance learning with a target to begin at the 2nd semester. (We would maintain a distance learning option for students unable to return to campus.) We believe this progression model will best support student academic success, mental health, and social-emotional development while maintaining appropriate caution for student and staff health and safety.
The October 7 Governing Board meeting materials will be available Sunday morning through this website. The Governing Board can receive your input through this form. We will update our parent community following the Governing Board meeting.
Take care and stay well.
09/18/2020 - Communication from the Superintendent
On September 18, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to AUHSD familes:Dear AUHSD Parents/Guardians:
As we complete our 6th week of distance learning and issue our students' 1st academic progress reports on Monday, I write to update our parent community on our current status and what to expect in the weeks to come.
The public health COVID-19 data in Contra Costa County and our local communities continue to slowly improve. The 7-day averages for new cases per day per 100,000 in the County is approaching the threshold to improve our status in the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Blueprint shows data for the status of new COVID-19 cases and testing positivity rates by county and provides clear guidance as to what activities may happen in a county at certain data levels. The Blueprint is updated on Tuesdays (but has a 10-day data lag). Contra Costa County is currently at the Purple Tier 1 Widespread Level. It is feasible, if there was not a Labor Day bump, that our data could reach Red Tier 2 Substantial Level in the coming weeks. If a County stays in the Red level for two weeks, districts may consider opening schools in a hybrid model if they can do so within the State public health guidelines. The AUHSD schools would not be able to open for hybrid in the 1st quarter. The Governing Board will discuss our status and planning for the remainder of the 1st semester at their October 7 Board Meeting.
Currently, we are focusing on making our distance learning program the best it can be. We are focusing on engaging students. We are focusing on serving our most at risk students. We received substantial feedback from our students, teachers and parents at the beginning of the month when we issued surveys and met with stakeholders, and are working with staff to bring modifications to our distance learning program delivery to address concerns and growth areas. A summary of the distance learning feedback data can be viewed in the September 2 presentation (pages 12 - 42). This progress will also be discussed at the October 7 Board meeting.
We are also focusing on bringing small cohorts of students on campus with all safety precautions to address student needs with programming consistent with the California Department of Public Health guidance for small groups, a program we can do even while at Purple status. We have begun bringing students on campus for special assessments, and will expand our cohorts to include more and more students. However, we must keep student and staff safety at the forefront of our planning, and the groups will be limited initially. As local COVID-19 data get better, we will be able to expand our cohorts significantly. It is our interest that all students who are interested will have an opportunity to come on campus for additional academic support, social-emotional support, engagement in extracurricular activities, or simply to connect with others.
You will receive information related to the first academic progress reports with the weekly AUHSD Ed Services Update that will be issued Monday.
Take care and stay well.
08/06/2020 - Communication from the Superintendent
On August 6, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to AUHSD families:
Dear AUHSD Parents:
The AUHSD Governing Board met last night to hear, discuss and approve the 2020-2021 school opening plans. Several important announcements follow. A document with more thorough guidance and expectations for students will be sent to parents and students at the end of the week.The AUHSD Distance Learning FAQs were updated today.
Distance Learning Model
Consistent with public health guidance and orders, the school year will start in a distance learning model.The distance learning school day schedule is here.
1st Week of School
Students and parents will receive login information for our Learning Management System (LMS) Canvas on Monday. Students will be able to enter their first Zoom meeting from Canvas on the first day of school on Tuesday, August 11, at 9:00 am. We will be on an alternative schedule during the first week in order to orient students for success in distance learning, build community, support inclusion, learn Canvas, and support social-emotional learning. Students will be in their virtual cohort academy to start each day and will enter asynchronous learning activity following the live session.
Parent Information Session - Distance LearningDistrict staff will be hosting a distance learning information session via Zoom for parents in the evening of August 11 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm. Please go to this form to submit any questions you have about our distance learning program. The submitted questions will help shape the presentation. Questions can also be submitted during the meeting. Register for the information session in advance through this link. (A recording of the meeting will be posted.)Thank you for your support and patience as we enter this new school year.
08/05/2020 - Board Presentation and Approval of Distance Learning Schedule
08/01/2020 - Communication from the Superintendent
On August 1, 2020, Dr. Nickerson sent the following message to AUHSD families:Dear AUHSD Students and Parents,
The Governing Board will discuss the reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year again next week on August 5 at their open session meeting beginning at 7:00 pm. The agenda will be posted Sunday morning.
During the meeting, the plans to open the year in distance learning will be reviewed. A new draft distance learning schedule will be presented for discussion and approval. The structures to support professional development, student orientation and parent engagement will be discussed.
During the first week of school, there will be a very intentional effort to set students up for success in distance learning, build community, connect students, establish a sense of inclusion for all and support student wellness. We want to lay the foundation for social emotional support for students during distance learning by engaging students in discussions around identity, race and inclusion.
In order to do so, we plan to utilize a different schedule during the first week for the required program. We will begin August 11 at 9:00am with our Virtual Cohort Academy, which will then meet each morning of the week. Students will engage in asynchronous tutorials and learning modules on Canvas, our new learning management system, through the afternoon. We believe this approach will orient students, communicate our expectations for distance learning and online decorum, and set the stage for a successful distance learning experience. More information on this schedule will be provided by your school prior to the start of the school year.
You should be hearing from your school site this week and next regarding online registration and residency verification, mascot days, orientation, instructional supplies and more. For updated information, please visit your school's website.
The District will issue a Distance Learning Plan and Guidelines following next week's Board meeting. The document will provide detailed guidelines and expectations for our distance learning program.
Take care and stay well.