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SRHS Update as of 8-16-2020

SRHS Update as of 8-16-2020
Posted on 08/17/2020

Dear Falcon Families,

I hope you and your families are continuing to enjoy your summer. I am happy to share with you this evening some more specific information about this coming school year. In the updates below, I’ll share information about our bell schedule, when students can view their classes and request changes, Kickoff updates, etc. I have also included a video overview to accompany today’s update. Please click this Link to view the video. Here are the latest updates as of 8-16-20.

Bell Schedule for the 2020-21 School Year

Given the parameters established by SDUSD for secondary schools, our bell schedule this year will consist of three 74-minute classes, 9 minute passing periods, a 30-minute lunch and 2 hours of flex time for students to participate in asynchronous learning. Every student will have a total of 6 classes in their schedule similar to a traditional school year. Students will take 3 classes for a 9-week span and then rotate to the remaining 3 classes for the second 9-weeks. That will conclude semester 1 and the process will repeat for second semester.

Period 1/4

8:50 AM

10:04 AM

Period 2/5

10:13 AM

11:27 AM

Period 3/6

11:36 AM

12:50 PM

Lunch

12:59 PM

1:29 PM

Flex Time

1:38 PM

3:29 PM

Please click this link for a more detailed view of the bell schedule. 3 classes per day will limit student interaction with large groups of students (if and when we return to on-site learning), limit students use of numerous classrooms and enables students to focus on 3 classes at a time. Daily classes will include a combination of live whole group and small group instruction as well as teacher-student conferencing, office hours, additional small group instruction, independent work, etc. During flex time students will participate in asynchronous work as well as some possible enrichment activities for their classes.

Online or On-Site This Year?

I know there are many questions/rumors surrounding how long we will do online learning and when we will return to on-site learning. At this time, I really don’t know. As a site, we are preparing to deliver quality online instruction while at the same time preparing to transition to on-site learning when it is safe to do so. As has been mentioned previously, the district is collaborating with health experts to determine when it is safe to return for on-site learning. Whether we are conducting online or on-site learning, this year’s bell schedule will remain the same.

Family Welcome Week August 31st – September 4th

The week of August 31st will serve as a Family Welcome Week. During this week, students will not attend to their assigned classes. Instead, students and families will be invited to complete asynchronous district provided training modules to prepare for online learning. The online learning modules include:

  • Technology modules provide basic levels of Chromebook support such as: Signing Into Your Chromebook and Chromebook Device Care. While other modules cover Signing Into Online Learning Platforms through Clever
  • Health & Safety Requirement Modules provide families with informational guidelines on topics such as Handwashing, Masks, and Information on the Transfer of COVID-19, in order to build common understanding of best practices. 
  • Additional Welcome Week topics include: Social Emotional & Wellness and Family Resources

The completion of modules will count as student attendance for that week. The student schedule for these training modules is still in draft form so it will be shared out at a later date. Along with the asynchronous training modules, students and teachers will get a chance to connect for one hour each day. More details on the specific time teachers and students will connect will be shared at a later date.

Virtual Family Forum Friday, August 21st at 4pm

On Friday, August 21st from 4pm – 5pm I will host a virtual parent forum via Zoom for those that are interested in participating. To RSVP, click this Link to complete the Google Form. The meeting ID and password will be emailed to you the morning of August 21st. The participation cap on my Zoom platform is 300 so please sign up early to reserve a spot. I encourage families who sign up to participate together at home so students and parents can get their questions answered.

Textbook/Calculator Return

We have approximately 300 students who still need to return their textbooks or calculators from last year. It’s very important that we receive these items as we will need them to redistribute to students this year. The day to come to campus to return any textbooks students may still have is this Friday, August 21st from 8am – 11am. Please click this Link to see the protocol for this day.

Master Schedule Updates

This week, we are taking the final steps to complete and lock-in our master schedule. By Friday, August 21st, students will be able to log into their PowerSchool student portal to see their class schedule for the school year. On this same day, I will send a Google Form to families that can be completed to request class changes (similar to what we have done in previous years during Kickoff). All class change requests need to be sent through the Google Form (please not by email) so counselors can work on honoring those requests. The link will be sent this Friday, August 21st

Kickoff Updates – Textbook & Chromebook Distribution

Originally, Kickoff was scheduled for August 20th, 21st and 24th. Due to the changes we have had to make with our master schedule and the fact we need to know the students’ classes before we distribute textbooks, we are changing these days to September 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. More specific details about the protocol for these days will be sent at a later date. The days will be split by grade level and students will pick up their textbooks and Chromebooks to be ready for the first day of virtual in-class instruction on September 8th. Kickoff should not impact students with the completion of the training modules since those can be done asynchronously. 

 

Students in Need of a Device

Every student will receive a Chromebook at Kickoff during the week of August 31st. Before then, we want to ensure those students without a device and with no means to connect have a chance to participate during this first week of asynchronous training modules. We currently have a very small number of devices available to distribute as we are waiting for our bulk order of Chromebooks to arrive. Students who needed a device during Distance Learning last year were able to pick them up and keep them over the summer, so I anticipate a small amount of students who may need a device to participate the week of August 31st. Please click this Link to complete the Google Form if your family is in need of a device to pick up before Kickoff. Again, we have a small amount so if your family has a computer please do not complete the Google Form. Please save these requests for those families who have no device at all. We will reach directly out to families to coordinate when to pick up your Chromebook. Thank you.

Student/Family Chromebook Training

Please click this Link to view the presentation on the SDUSD Chromebook policy. Every student will receive a Chromebook this year so understanding how to use it appropriately and in a safe manner is important. 

Those are all the latest updates as of today. We are looking forward to a great 2020-21 school year. Have a great week and I’ll see you on Friday during the Virtual Family Forum.

Sincerely,

Matt Lawson, Ed.D

Principal

Scripps Ranch High School

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