Academics

Last updated March 26, 2021

When is the first day of Transitional Learning?

PreK- 2nd Grade began the week of March 1. Students in 3rd-6th begin the week began the week of March 8. Please check your child’s school or Infinite Campus Parent Portal to determine which cohort they have been assigned to. Secondary cohorts will return to in-person instruction the week of March 22. Please check your school’s Digital Backpack for alternating cohort schedules.

Are all schools in NUSD starting Transitional Learning?

All elementary and K8 schools serving PreK- 6th grade (self-contained) are open for in-person instruction. Middle and high schools began in-person instruction the week of March 22.

What is ‘Transitional Learning?’ How does it differ from the ‘hybrid’ model’?

Transitional Learning allows students to receive live instruction (Synchronous) 5 days a week, either via in-person instruction and/or Distance Learning. Hybrid Learning is commonly seen as a model where students go school every other day and on their off days participate in Asynchronous learning, meaning, they receive no live instruction from a teacher. Instead, they complete work in an Independent Study Model.

Will students be offered the appropriate support depending on differentiated academic ability?

Yes, just as we would during regular, in-person instruction, students are able to connect with their teachers for support. All teachers have office hours to allow for communication and connection with students/parents. In addition, students will be able to access our Virtual Tutoring and Wellness Center. More information regarding this resource can be found on our website and in your student’s digital backpack.

Will all current electives still be offered?

Yes, current electives are offered during Distance Learning and will be offered during Transitional Learning.

Will specialty programs (like GATE, IB, etc.) still continue via Distance Learning?

Yes. All current electives and programs typically offered in schools are available during Distance Learning and Transitional Learning.

What is the last day of school?

The last day of school is June 10, 2021.

How can I access the revised academic calendar for 2020-2021?

Click here to access the revised academic calendar.

How can I contact my student’s teacher?

To contact your student’s teacher, visit your school’s website and navigate to the Staff or Teachers page or look for contact information in your Digital Backpack.

How can I reach my school office?

Click here to access virtual school contact information, or you can visit your student’s school website.

When will in-person instruction begin?

There was a soft opening for elementary grades on February 23 and 24 to get students familiar with the campus and new safety protocols. PreK-2nd Grade began the week of March 1. Students in 3rd-6th began the week of March 8. Secondary students returned to in-person instruction the week of March 22. There will be additional opportunities for students to return to in-person instruction after the initial opening (pending availability of space).

What time does school start and end and will it be the same for those in 100% Distance Learning?

Please refer to your school site’s transitional learning schedule that was shared with families as it outlines the flow of the day for both our in-person students as well as those in distance learning.

How many days will my child attend school in the in-person instruction model?

Effective April 12, elementary and secondary students will be able to attend in-person instruction 5 days a week. Until then, elementary and K-8s in-person students are currently assigned to either Cohort A or Cohort B and attend in-person class every other day. Secondary students at Inderkum, Natomas High, Leroy Greene, and Natomas Middle are alternating in-person instruction every third day. Students at Discovery High School are alternating in-person instruction every other day. When students are not in-person for their Cohort, they are in Distance Learning. Again, effective April 12, elementary and secondary students will be able to attend in-person instruction 5 days a week.

Please explain the A/B schedule and A/B/C schedule?

For elementary, K-8, and Discovery High School, students will alternate between in-person (attending school in-person on campus) and Distance learning. Students will be assigned to either Cohort A or Cohort B and attend in-person class every other day. The cohorts that are not in-person shall engage in the class via distance learning to receive daily live instruction. Secondary students at Inderkum, Natomas High, Leroy Greene, and Natomas Middle will alternate in-person instruction every third day. Students will be assigned to either Cohort A, B, or C and attend in-person instruction on their assigned day. The cohorts that are not in-person shall engage in the class via distance learning to receive daily live instruction. You can view your student’s school site schedule located in the District Digital Backpacks.

If I make a decision for my child to continue with distance learning, but I change my mind later for them to participate in the in-person instruction, can I switch them?

Once we move to the Transitional Learning Model, if parents wish to change their child’s designation from virtual learning to in person learning after the start of the new transitional model, due to the need for training students on campus safety protocol and maintaining consistency to the new transitional model, further students redesignation will be limited to March 29th, April 12th, April 26th, May 10th and May 24th. Each site will provide a student safety orientation for students that return to the live model.

How will TK-6 (self-contained) PE be scheduled?

PE will be conducted in-person for students attending school and asynchronously (independent) for students at home. There may also be times when the teacher may conduct the class teaching to both the students in-person and at home or assign both groups asynchronous work. These specific details will be communicated by your student’s teacher when we are preparing to open in a Transitional Learning model.

Will my child have his/her teacher with them in the classroom for the in-person instruction model?

There may be circumstances that require a teacher to be in a remote setting while delivering live instruction to students who are in-person in a classroom setting. In this case, in alignment with Ed Code 45344 at a minimum, a classified staff member or substitute teacher will be designated to provide oversight and support to students in the classroom while teachers are leading instruction virtually.

What does live learning look like for students in-person? Will students solely be on their computers or will they be able to engage with their teacher?

Certificated staff will provide live instruction each day (either in-person or virtually), which can include whole group, small group, inclusion support, co-teaching, push in support or a combination thereof based on student needs through Zoom or Google Meet or the appropriate platform (related services) with in-person and distance learning concurrently as a whole group.

What’s the difference between my student learning from home and learning in-person?

Certificated staff will provide live instruction each day (either in-person or virtually), which can include whole group, small group, inclusion support, co-teaching, push in support or a combination thereof based on student needs through Zoom or Google Meet or the appropriate platform (related services) with in-person and distance learning concurrently as a whole group.

What are the required minutes of instruction for students and is NUSD meeting that with the transitional schedule?

Yes, NUSD is meeting the required state minutes for instruction.

Will students have recess and lunch on campus?

For elementary students, recess and lunch are placed at the end of the day allowing for some students to utilize recess, students to eat lunch, students to grab and go lunch, and for parents to pick up their students and not have them engage in those activities. For secondary students, they will receive lunch while on campus and follow all safety and social distancing guidelines while attending lunch, prior to attending their next class period.

Will there be breaks for my student before recess and lunch?

Students attending in-person instruction will participate in learning before being dismissed to grab lunch, participate in recess and/or picked up to go home.

What is the plan for students who may have struggled in distance learning and need additional support?

Please reach out to your student’s school site to learn about the different ways your student can be supported additionally. We also have the Virtual Tutoring and Wellness Center for students K-12.