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Parent Communication 7/29/20

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year and I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer vacation. I especially hope all are safe and healthy during these uncertain times. A few weeks ago I sent out a communication regarding the start of school and today I wanted to recommunicate some of the key points. First, and foremost I want to reassure all EGCS families that we are taking every precaution to keep all students, staff, and families safe. We look forward to the new school year and the opportunities for growth that lay before us. I also know many families have already talked to the front office during course selection times over the past 2 weeks and I appreciate the hard work of Debbie and Dayana (as always) during this process. The format of this message is structured in four sections: all grade levels, 11th-12th graders, 9th-10th graders, 7th-8th graders. In addition, I included a table to help visualize the information. There will undoubtedly be more information as we get closer to the start of school. As a further point of clarification, rather than converting all grade levels to EGCS’s independent study format (11th-12th grade programs structure) EGCS will provide students in grades 7-10 with “distance learning” format for core content subjects (English, Math, Science, Social Science). The distance learning format for these courses will include both Synchronous (required class meetings) and Asynchronous (students working independently) assignments and tasks. EGCS will lean on its years of experience of delivering instruction through independent study as we implement the necessary changes to our schedule. Also, the goal of the school is to transition back to our normal hybrid program once it is safe to do so. However, in accordance with state regulations, any family/student who wishes to remain in the school’s distance learning program (regardless of grade level) may do so for the entire school year. EGCS has made considerable adjustments to its schedule to provide families with this option (more on that in the coming months). As for right now to reiterate, we will start the school year with all grade levels under “distance learning’ protocols.

 

All students:

 

School will start on August 13, 2020 and will be under “Distance Learning” guidelines. As I stated in my previous communications, EGCS follows the decision and directive of the EGUSD board of education and the county board to start the school year with distance learning for all grade levels and classes. I know this was not an easy decision for district and county leaders, but ultimately it was made with the health and safety of your children, staff, and community in heart and mind. As a non-classroom charter school the distance learning structure does not have the same impact on our program as it does on traditional classroom-based schools. However, it does present challenges for us as we are not fully “non-classroom” or ISP based program. We provide workshops for core subjects in grades 7-10 and math and electives in grades 8-12. Please see below for more information regarding those grade levels.

 

Grades 11-12:

 

This are the least impacted grade levels at EGCS by distance learning. Students will be assigned an ISP teacher (as always) and meet weekly (or biweekly) with their teacher through Zoom, Google Meets, or phone calls. Students will be assigned work through the school’s ISP syllabi, as normal, and EGCS staff are working on creating more effective ways to assess student knowledge. For students in these grade levels who need Math, Art, Spanish credit, they will be enrolled in a “distance learning” workshop for these classes. The intent of this structure is to provide students with access to content experts and to more easily transition to “live” instruction once health regulation allow for face-to-face classes. More information regarding the structure of these classes (ex. Days, times, platform, expectations) will be communicated in the coming weeks.

 

Grades 9-10:

 

These grade levels will be assigned to “Distance Learning”  classes in core content areas (English, Math, Science, Social Science) and be assigned to an Advocacy or ISP teacher depending on the individual course needs of the student (generally 9th graders will assigned to an Advocacy class, and 10th graders are assigned to an ISP teacher with weekly or bi-weekly appointments via Zoom, Google Meets, phone calls). Students in these grades will complete course work both synchronously and asynchronously in their workshop courses during the week. The goal is to have as little impact as possible on student/family schedules once live instruction is allowed by district, county administration and health officials. Students in grades 9-10 will attend scheduled Zoom/Google Meets classes Mon-Thur. in the afternoons from 12:45-3:30. Teachers will communicate days and times of classes as we get closer to  the start of school. Students and families in these grade levels should plan for their student to dedicate this time daily to complete course work both independently and within the on-line virtual platforms. For students in these grade levels who have enrolled in Art, or Foreign language, they will be assigned to a “distance learning” section for these classes with scheduled zoom meetings prior to the 12:45 afternoon start time. These classes will also operate Mon.-Thur. and teachers will communicate when there will be required class meetings otherwise they will complete courses work independently.

 

Grades 7-8:

 

These grade levels will be assigned to “Distance Learning” classes in core content areas (English, math, Science, Social Science) and be assigned to an Advocacy class. Students will complete work both synchronously and asynchronously in their workshop courses during the week. The goal is to have as little impact on student/family schedules once live instruction is allowed by district/county administration and health officials. Students in grades 7-8 will attend scheduled courses via Zoom/Google Meets Mon.-Thur. in the morning from 9:30-12:15. Teachers will communicate days and times of required class meetings as we get closer to the start of school. However, students and families in these grade levels should plan for their student to dedicate this time daily to complete course work whether it is independently or within a scheduled virtual platform (ie. Zoom/Google Meets). Eighth graders may be enrolled in a Spanish I workshop. This class will also operate Mon.-Thur. after 12:45. Teacher will communicate the schedule for required class meetings, but students should plan to dedicate this time to work on assigned course work either independently or in required zoom classes.

 

Times

Monday-Thursday

Friday

Period 0 (8:00-9:15)

  • Synchronous/Asynchronous class work in assigned Art, Math, Advocacy workshops.
  • Teacher support and ELA/Math Labs
  • Students complete assigned work independently
  • Virtual Support Labs
  • Teacher office hours and student support time

Moring Program (9:28-12:15)

  • 7th-8th core workshops synchronous and asynchronous course workin (English, Math, Science, Social Science).
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous course work in assigned Math, Art, Spanish workshops
  • Teacher office hours and support

Afternoon Program (12:45-3:30)

  • 9th-10th grade core workshops synchronous and asynchronous course work in (English, Math, Science, Social Science).
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous course work in assigned Math, Art, Spanish workshops
  • Teacher office hours and support

 

 

As I stated above, the goal of the school is to eventually transition back to our regular hybrid program with both independent study courses and classroom instruction. Please feel free to reach out to office staff and administration if you have questions. I look forward to speaking with you and seeing you all very soon. As always, thank you for your support of EGCS and I hope the remainder of your summer is amazing. 

Message from our School Counselor: School-based Distance Learning

Dear Elk Grove Charter Students and Families,

As your School Counselor, I am happy to re-establish communication and provide support to you and your family. In this exceptional time, I appreciate your patience as EGUSD determines the best ways to continue and provide school-based instruction and counseling services to students and families.  

 School-based distance counseling is the practice of using communication technology to connect support, and care for a student’s academic, college/career and social emotional needs at a distance. Moving forward, I will continue to help provide; counseling support, college/career information, and resources via email, and over the phone if you need to speak with me. I am still available during my normal working hours to respond to your emails and phone-calls, as I will do my best to answer questions and happily assist you. 

I look forward to resuming support! 

Warmest Regards, 
L
isa Valenzuela/School Counselor                                                                                                                                            Email: Lvalenzu@egusd.net or via Synergy                                                                                                                              Phone: (916) 714-1653 Ext.51001      

*Stay updated with EGUSD news and resources resulting from covid-19 school closures by checking our school website at egcs.egusd.net or the district’s webpage at egusd.net/covid-19. You will find information regarding EGUSD drive-thru meal service, free internet access, and much more. 

Resources

Mrs. Valenzuela has put together a list of resources:

Managing stress and anxiety : Click HERE
Coping with stress during Infectious disease outbreaks: Click HERE for English          Click Here for Spanish
Recommendations for Children/teens and parents: Managing anxiety and OCD   Click HERE
Grief: When you can't be with a dying loved one  Click HERE
Suicide Ideation explained to parents: Click HERE
Warning Signs of suicide: Click HERE


 
   
   
Suggestions


If you have any suggestions for this school year, click HERE


2018-19 Resources for Teachers, Students, and Families

The California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) has arranged a statewide telephone number (1-844-841-4636) that can screen families and refer them to a community organization to help them understand the offers and sign up for a service for reduced cot internet.  Many affordable offers are available for a limited period s please act quickly. Resources: 1.CETF background http://www.cetfund.org/aboutus/mission2. Toolkit for teachers:  http://www.internetforallnow.org/educators_toolkit 3. Find participating organizations: http://www.cetfund.org/organizations/main
California Earned Income Tax Credit
Students and their families may be eligible for the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). Eligible low-income workers can claim the Cal EITC at any time during the year. To date, 1.4 million Californians have claimed the credit, putting over $300 million back into their pockets. CalEITC4Me, the statewide outreach program for the tax credit, is joining community partners to help prepare families, for the new school year.
Resources:

1. CalEITC4Me background: http://caleitc4me.org/schools/
2. CalEITC4Me calculator to determine eligibility and expected EITC: http://caleitc4me.org/earn-it/
3. File your taxes: http://caleitc4me.org/get-it

Student Mental Health
September is national suicide prevention awareness month. If you notice someone suffering or in need, please speak out and help point them toward assistance.

Resources:
1. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: http://afsp.org/
2. California Department of Education Suicide Prevention web page: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/suicideprevres.asp
3. California Department of Education Suicide Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/cg/mh/smhpworkgroup.asp
4. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Safety Reminder It is important that traffic laws are obeyed in order to keep our students and our community safe. Please, no U-turns on Atkins in front of the school. Students are running across Atkins to be picked up across the street from the school. Please drop-off and pick up your students at the school. There is a designated drop-off/pick-up zone on the South Side of the school and not in the fire lane in front of the school. Also, please talk to your students about limiting the back and forth to Food Stop throughout the day. 

Free DACA Legal Services

Please click on the flyer for a list of Free DACA Legal Services
Por favor revise el documento para una lista de Servicios Legales para DACA gratis

 

 

 

 

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