FAQ's

How will my student receive distance learning assignments?

Distance learning activities will be posted in PowerSchool. Teachers will provide broad three week plans with weekly detailed plans that will be posted by 8am each Monday. Students will access learning plans for each course that they are currently enrolled in. 

What types of learning activities should my student expect?

Students will receive weekly learning plans from their teachers for all of the courses they are currently enrolled in at CMS. The weekly learning plans will be organized so that students can engage with learning in a manner that best fits their schedule and learning preferences. Some students may prefer to engage with each course daily and some may prefer to focus on 1-2 courses per day. Learning plans will utilize a variety of different methods to engage students in learning new content and skills. Learning plans will primarily ask students to utilize different tools and resources they are familiar with and have used throughout this year. If a student needs additional support or guidance, they are strongly encouraged to reach out to their teacher.

How will my child receive equitable access to live student-teacher contact time?

Each teacher will provide specific, weekly time frames when they will hold ‘Office Hours’.  These office hours are designed to provide a specific time frame when students can access their teacher to ask questions and receive feedback on specific assignments.  Office hours will vary by subject area, grade level and teacher. Each individual teacher will communicate his/her office hours once distance learning begins on April 6th.  Additionally, office hours will be provided in various formats and may include email, telephone, or virtual meeting applications (ie: Zoom, etc.).  You are always welcome to contact your child’s teacher outside of their published office hours; however, teacher responses may take up to 48 hours.

How long will my student be expected to spend focused on learning activities each day? 

Understanding that families are juggling multiple responsibilities at home and that during a regular school day students have some non-learning time (for example, at lunch, transitioning between classes, or break), our expectation is that students will be actively engaging in learning activities. Exactly how long students spend engaged in learning activities will vary depending on their learning pace. If you find that your student is overwhelmed and learning activities are taking too long or that your student is ready for extended learning activities, please reach out to your teachers.

How will my child’s teacher monitor student progress and provide individualized feedback to my child?

Teachers will monitor and provide feedback on all assignments that students turn in via PowerSchool, email or other applications. All teachers offer office hours which are posted on their PowerSchool page.  This is a regularly scheduled time when teachers are available in real-time for questions or extra help. Teachers will choose from a variety of tools to connect with students, including Zoom, email, discussion boards, Flipgrid and other PowerSchool tools.  Students and parents are, of course, also welcome to contact their teacher(s) via email.  In the event that school closures are extended, the CUSD DLP will be updated to include how your student will be assessed and how final report card grades will be determined. 

How will my child receive opportunities for enrichment, continuous social-emotional learning, counseling services, intervention, special education services and English language development services?  

Each school level chart described above (released on April 6th) will provide information and links to enrichment opportunities and social-emotional learning exercises and lesson plans.  Additionally, if your child currently receives academic intervention services, special education services or English language development supports, there will be specific information for you relative to how these services and supports will continue with distance learning. 

What technology systems are required to support distance learning in CUSD and what technology assistance is available to our family and students?

With regard to CUSD’s core technological and communication systems, we offer the following to describe how we will manage and implement this DLP.  CUSD will continue to use the same channels it employs for normal day-to-day communications with parents, students and faculty/staff. All of these systems are remotely accessible and will function in an emergency situation, such as this.  The table below describes these systems:

CHANNEL

AUDIENCE

DESCRIPTION & ACCESS

Email or Edulink

Faculty, Staff, Parents, Students

Email or Edulink (automated phone calls) will be used for all major communications and announcements.  Faculty/teachers will also use email to communicate, although they will use other platforms to interact with their students as well.

PowerSchool

Students across elementary and secondary schools

PowerSchool will continue to be the platform used by many teachers for communication and lesson plans.

Google GSuite

Students across elementary and secondary schools

Some teachers may choose to use the GSuite platform for communication and lesson plans.  Here is a parent guide for Google Classroom.

Zoom

Students across elementary and secondary schools

Zoom is an online video conferencing platform that allows for group meetings, hosted by teachers. Some teachers may choose to use this platform. Minors do not and should not create a Zoom account.  You do not need an account to join a meeting. Teachers will send a Zoom invite code to join the meeting. Zoom overview video: Joining a Zoom Meeting - 1 min video link

Additionally, for privacy reasons, please do not take pictures of a Zoom meeting screen and post it to any public forum.

Public Website

General public

CUSD will maintain general information on its closure status for the public at https://coronadousd.net/

Other Applications

Students across elementary and secondary schools

CUSD faculty may incorporate other grade level and course specific applications into their lesson plans.  Specific application and login information will be included in the April 6th document and links,

Important Links for Assistance with Technology for Students and Parents

Students and Parents

Video guiding parents through using PowerSchool:

http://bit.ly/CUSDPSparenttutorial

Two page printable handout for parents to help with logging into each system:

http://bit.ly/CUSDparentlogin

Two page printable handout for students to help with logging into each system:

http://bit.ly/CUSDstudentslogin

How will CUSD ensure that students have access to these tools from off campus?

Students in grades TK-12 will have the option of checking out a CUSD Chromebook if they do not already have a device at home.  With the implementation of the CUSD DLP, it is our priority to ensure that every student has access to a device, if that is what is required in order to have access to the DLP curricula.  If you do not have a device at home, please complete the following form to request a CUSD device:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc7wEeasgTzM7nC2lbijS8OANYoYKXusay5MtIg4-H9gX2xmQ/viewform?usp=sf_link


What is my child’s CUSD Computer/Google/Username and Password?

Username and Password Format

Example Student Name and ID

Example

FirstL###@coronadousd.org

First name and then the first initial of your last name and then the last three numbers of your student ID. No spaces.

csd#######

csd followed by your entire student ID.  

Name: 

Jonathan Smith


Student ID Number:  8500345

 

JonathanS345@coronadousd.org


csd8500345

What are some guidelines for Parents to support distance learning?

Support for your student may take many different forms, depending on their needs. What we have learned from school districts in states that have launched remote learning before Ohio is that it can take a couple of weeks to settle into a new learning routine. Allow yourself and your child time to adjust, knowing that our team of educators is here to support you as we figure this out together.

  • Establish routines and expectations

  • Define the physical space for your child’s study

  • Monitor communications from your child’s teachers

  • Begin and end each day with a check-in

  • Take an active role in helping your child process and own their learning

  • Establish times for quiet and reflection

  • Encourage physical activity and/or exercise

  • Remain mindful of your child’s stress or worry  Middle and high school students can access online resources here that include deep breathing and guided relaxation exercises, mindfulness and meditation exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation exercises.

  • Celebrate your student’s accomplishments, large and small

  • Monitor how much time your child is spending online

  • Keep your child social, but set rules around their social media interactions

How do I access mental health support for my child? 

Our school counselors are committed to serving your child and family in this unprecedented time. You can reach out to CMS Counselors, Paulina Vu and Misty Kint at paulina.vu@coronadousd.net and misty.kint@coronadousd.net or our CMS Military Family Life Counselor, Lisa Poli, at 619.592.0821

How do I get refunds for activities, events or trips that have now been cancelled?

We are issuing refunds for activities and field trips that were scheduled and have now been cancelled. All refunds will be completed within the next few weeks.

The Coronado Unified School District is grateful for the unwavering support of our entire school community during this difficult time.  We remain focused and committed to ensuring that Every Child, Every Day continues to receive quality learning experiences that are rigorous, inspirational and provide opportunities to thrive, even from a distance!