Greene Community Update 4.1.2020

Dear Greene Community:

Next week is Spring Break, and we hope you can find time to unplug and be active! Our school staff will also be taking Playtime, Downtime, and Family time (PDF).

On Monday, April 13, Phase III of the PAUSD Online Learning Environment will commence. This next phase includes increased expectations for student participation and accountability resulting in credit/no credit grades.  

Required Online Learning Experiences (ROLEs) in Phase III will build on the momentum our teachers have made with the Flexible Learning Options (FLOs) from Phase II. Starting Monday, April 13, every teacher will post “Required Online Learning Experiences” on their Schoology courses.  

As this is a new system for all of us, we want to outline the criteria our teachers will use to define credit from no credit. Moving to credit/no-credit grading will benefit our students without negative consequences for students with collegiate aspirations. The University of California Office of the Chancellor (UCOP) released a statement today regarding their support of credit/no credit grading as a result of extended school closures.

Credit

  • Students demonstrate a basic understanding of essential standards in each content area
  • Students submit required assignments within the teacher-communicated timeframe 

No Credit

  • Students do not demonstrate basic understanding of essential standards in each content area
  • Students do not turn in required assignments within the teacher-communicated deadline                                                    

High School Considerations

For those students considering off-campus courses, the following conditions still hold true:

  • Specific course graduation requirement courses must be taken on campus. 
    • For spring 2020, off-campus courses will not be placed on PAUSD transcripts. This includes all courses that have received prior approval from the site counselor and administrator. If students complete an off-campus course in spring 2020, they must provide colleges with a separate transcript for the course(s).
  • Students may take a maximum of 40 credits of elective courses off-campus throughout their high school careers. 
  • Students may earn a maximum of 80 credits per year, including from courses taken on- and off-campus.

As we head into Phase III many of our past practices for online learning will remain the same, however, student work will be required and assigned credit or no credit.  Students will continue to be able to access the following in their Schoology courses:

  • Posted Office Hours where teachers are available to help students 
  • Up to three hours of content learning per course, per week
  • Updated Zoom Guidelines and Norms for students, teachers, and counselors
    • Parents, please allow students their independence while using Zoom with their classes and teachers. 

Moving forward, PAUSD remains committed to providing an asynchronous learning environment. This approach provides students and families with the necessary flexibility to complete learning activities at times most convenient for the students (In this model, a family can arrange each member’s computer use and work time.)  We recognize there are times when the Internet is slow and you may experience interruptions. For more specific information regarding specific expectations for Students and Parents, please see the attached files.  

If your student is in need of a Chromebook, the final loan device distribution will take place on Monday, April 13th, between 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM at Ohlone Elementary School. The student Student Device Loan Google Form is now available for parents/guardians to submit requests. This information will also be posted on the PAUSD website. 

District Resources for students and families:

PAUSD – School Closure Resources

PAUSD Meals During School Closure

PAUSD Schoology Backpack (Parent/Student Support)

PAUSD Ed. Services Phase III Extended School Closure Continuity of Learning Manual 

Valerie Royaltey-Quandt, Principal

Greene Middle School

From the Office of the Superintendent:

The county superintendent of schools has asked school districts to distribute the attached letter.  There is some debate about the precision of words used today by our governor and state superintendent about school building closures for the rest of the year.  While implied, concrete words were not used to implicitly announce the closure of schools or who is making the final decision.  

With the authority granted to me by our Board of Education through an emergency resolution, I am closing PAUSD school buildings for classroom instruction for the remainder of the 2020 school year.  We will discuss summer school at a later date.

We empathize with students who were holding out hope for a return this year.  Most people knew that reopening this year was unlikely given the challenges facing our nation and a virus still spreading rapidly.  At a minimum, I hope a definitive answer can provide a degree of relief. While our classrooms are closed, teaching and learning continues.  Distribution of meals will also continue during the classroom closures. Please continue to work hard and prepare for a triumphant return in the future. 

Sincerely,

Don Austin

Superintendent of Schools

@DonAustin_PAUSD

Best school closure information found at https://www.pausd.org/school-closure 

Attachments:

Parent&Guardian_Roles.pdf (38.0 KB)

Student_Responsibilities.pdf (41.2 KB)

Principal’s Letter

March 25, 2020

Dear Greene Community:

Thank you for your patience as we pivot to our online learning norms. As reported today, all PAUSD schools will remain closed until May 1st across all Bay Area Counties. After Spring Break (Monday, April 13) PAUSD will begin Phase III of our school closure learning plan. 

Students should now be able to access the following in their Schoology courses:

  • Office Hours (3 hours per day): teachers are available to help students 
  • Up to three hours of content learning per course, per week
  • Updated Zoom Guidelines and Norms for students, teachers and counselors
    • Parents, please allow students their independence while using Zoom with their classes and teachers. 

Moving forward, PAUSD remains committed to providing an asynchronous learning environment. This approach provides students and families with the necessary flexibility to complete learning activities at times most convenient for the students (In this model, a family can arrange each member’s computer use and work time.) 

Expectations during Phase II (Monday, March 23 – Friday, April 3): 

  • Students are expected to independently engage in the Flexible Learning Options (FLOs) posted on Schoology. 
  • Teachers will monitor student participation on Schoology and will be available for support during their posted Office Hours.  
    • If you have questions about your teachers’ Office Hours, please contact them directly via Schoology or email. 
  • Parents, please support students by setting aside adequate time to participate in each subject area within a balanced routine.  
    • Manage the time spent in each class. Some may tend to “cram” all of their efforts in one class. 

We recognize this is a stressful time as families adapt to a new lifestyle. Internet connections may be unreliable and too much online-time can be overwhelming. We respect your family decisions to take necessary breaks, prioritize mental health and wellness, and recognize the learning curve we face during our extended school closure.

Device distribution at Ohlone Elementary School front office on Monday, March 30th between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Please contact your grade level counselor if you are in need of a device. 

Counselors will survey students toward the end of the week to assess how students are doing with their online learning, and how they are taking care of themselves.

Thank you for staying connected to Greene by reading these community messages.  I look forward to sending you another weekly update on Wednesday, April 1.  

Stay healthy, 

Valerie Royaltey-Quandt, Principal, Greene Middle School

PAUSD.org

Plain Talk – FAQ 

Zoom Webinar: The Coronavirus & Understanding the Science of Physical Distancing and How This Impacts Our Families

Thursday March 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM 

The PTA Council Health & Wellness Committee invites you to join a Zoom Webinar to hear our panelists:   Dr. Kala Mehta, DSc, MPH (Adjunct Professor in the Depart. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF) and Dr. George Rutherford, M.D. (Head of the Division of Infectious Disease & Global Epidemiology in the Depart. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF and advisor to WHO) discuss the Coronavirus:  Understanding the Science of Physical Distancing and How this Impacts Our Families.

Webinar will be hosted on Zoom. 

Please click on the link to read the details on how to join the Zoom webinar: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WmzlpPd4MqcWiuKpUenE2Re7c_6CzXUmnKtZpmvQG-c/edit?usp=sharing

Please email any questions you may have for our panelists to health@paloaltopta.org


This webinar is limited to 100 participants. However, if you are unable to join us during the webinar, you may listen at a later date as it will be recorded and posted online on the Palo Alto Council Website.

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