Distance Learning

Welcome to our Distance Learning Resource Hub

This website contains a variety of resources to help students/parents navigate distance learning.

Parents and Students

Updates on 2020-2021 School Year

In an evolving situation, communication is vital. In addition to weekly communications provided by the District, NUSD will continue to inform families about updates as they become available.

Message from Superintendent Regarding Small Group Cohorts

Natomas Families and Staff,

On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, Natomas Unified and the Natomas Teachers Association came to an agreement to create opportunities for in-person small group cohorts.  The first cohorts will be all voluntary and supplemental to Distance Learning.  Teachers can volunteer to teach small cohorts of students in-person after the school day. Groups will follow the state guidelines and would be no larger than 14 students in a group.  This supplemental support will primarily support those students for whom Distance Learning is not working.  A recent survey of families, students and staff had strong agreement that Distance Learning is not the best learning environment for about one-third of our students.  However, all three groups had differing opinions on comfortable levels for a transitional return.

Click here to read the full article.

Digital Backpacks

Parents, guardians and students are encouraged to explore their school’s personalized digital backpack. Each school’s digital backpack will be updated as information and resources become available. Please check back frequently for updates.

Virtual Tutoring and Wellness Center

NUSD’s Virtual Tutoring and Wellness Center is now open and available to assist students and parents with online appointments for academic and social-emotional support, answers to health-related issues, and workshops for both students and parents. To provide flexibility for working parents, the center is open virtually after school on Mondays – Thursdays between 3-8 p.m., and Fridays between 3-5 p.m. To schedule an appointment or explore resources, visit the Virtual Tutoring and Wellness Center website.

Start of Schools Notices and Acknowledgments

At the start of each school year, Natomas Unified School District provides families notices of their rights and responsibilities in certain matters pertaining to their student. Since we are beginning the school year in distance learning, we have transitioned to an electronic format. Please review each document carefully and acknowledge the receipt of these notices. The documents are accessible below and you can also find them in your school’s Digital Backpack.

Start of Schools Notices and Acknowledgements Online Form

Educational Resources

Please explore the link below for online enrichment resources for families to utilize. We will continue to add to this list as we identify additional resources. Most resources do not require a log-in, unless otherwise indicated.

List of Educational Resources

Recreational Resources

Virtual Recreation and Resource Center – Mission Oaks Recreation & Park District

Virtual Programs – Sacramento Public Library

Daily Virtual Schedules

We have created easy to read virtual daily schedules to give you an idea of what your student’s day looks like in Distance Learning.

Virtual Calming Center

School psychologists from Natomas Unified have developed a Virtual Calming Center that includes resources for students including exercise, yoga, guided meditation, creative activities, games and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

In an effort to address as many questions that families may have, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions sheet. Please be advised that the FAQ document will be updated with additional questions and responses as it relates to how we are operating due to COVID-19.

Psychological Services

Behavior Basics, Part 1

Behavior Basics Part 1 
Behavior Basics Part 1 – Spanish
Behavior Basics Part 1 Narrated Version

Is My Child OK?

Social-Emotional Information & Strategies to Support your Children at Home (Part 1)
Social-Emotional Information & Strategies to Support your Children at Home – Spanish
Narrated Version: https://natomasunified.org/content/uploads/2020/04/Social-Emotional-Information-and-Strategies-Narrated.mp4

Resources for Getting Help

After-School and Mentoring Programs

Athletics

CIF Statement Regarding 2020-21 Sports Calendar and Bylaw Modifications

CIF announced on July 20, 2020, that fall sports would be postponed until January and spring sports to March. Meanwhile, NUSD is in Phase 1 of the Return to Athletic Plan for 2020-21 which allows limited conditioning and practicing with adherence to safety protocols.

Statement from CIF on Athletics this School Year
Phased Return to Athletics in NUSD
K-12 Athletics Webpage

Technical Resources

Internet Essentials Program with Comcast

Follow the links below to find instructions and tutorials on using student technology such as Chromebooks, Zoom, Google Classroom, and more:

Student Chromebook Resources
Video Conferencing Guides (Zoom and Google Hangouts)
G Suite Apps for Students

Here are some quick start guides to help you get started:

Chromebooks:

Chromebook Guide – English
Chromebook Guide – Spanish

Zoom Meetings:

How to Join a Zoom Meeting – iPad
How to Join a Zoom Meeting – Chromebook
How to Join a Zoom Meeting – Computer
Zoom Directions for Students – Spanish

HotSpots:

HotSpot Quick Guide – English
Hotspot Quick Guide – Spanish

Infinite Campus

Parents and Guardians can get access to real-time student information including grades, upcoming assignments, and attendance.

Help Desk and Password Reset
Sign in to Infinite Campus

Free Meals to Anyone 18 and Under

Effective September 1, 2020, following USDA waivers, breakfast and lunch will be available for free to anyone 18 and under. No paperwork is required. Supper and Snack is available for free for sites that qualify.

Breakfast, Lunch, Supper, and Snack weekend and holiday meals will be available for pickup at Friday distributions. Based on current USDA waivers, students and parents (on their student(s) behalf) can pick up meals at any NUSD Mobile Meal Service location. Distribution times will be from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the following locations:

American Lakes
Bannon Creek
Jefferson
Two Rivers
Leroy Greene
Natomas High
Natomas Charter
Natomas STAR
Natomas Park
Heron
Natomas Middle/ H. Allen Hight
Inderkum High
Witter Ranch
Westlake Charter
Paso Verde/NP3

Later Afternoon pickups  are available from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm and have been strategically placed throughout the district at the following 5 locations in order to provide an option in each general region:

Two Rivers
Bannon Creek
Natomas Middle/ H. Allen High
Natomas High
Paso Verde/ NP3

These meals are offered to families at no charge and no paperwork is needed. Children do not have to be present but the parent/guardian can bring the following verification:

  • Official letter/email from the children’s school that shows children as enrolled
  • Individual student report card
  • Attendance record from the Parent Portal
  • Birth Certificate for children not in school
  • Student ID Cards

Joey’s Food Locker

Joey’s Food Locker is providing free food for those in need every Friday. If you are in need or know a family in need of food, visit Joey’s Food Locker. This is a mobile pick up and a walk-up with social distancing. Joey’s Food Locker can only guarantee what they have in stock while supplies last.Joey's Food Locker free food distribution flyer

School Year Calendar

WarmLine Workshops & Activities

WarmLine Family Resource Center has created a list of virtual activities and workshops for families. Online registration is required for all WarmLine activities and workshops. Please visit WarmLine’s Website for specific details.

Special Education

Distance Learning for Special Education Website | Sitio Web en Español

Psychological Services

Behavior Basics, Part 1

Behavior Basics Part 1 
Behavior Basics Part 1 – Spanish
Behavior Basics Part 1 Narrated Version

Is My Child OK?

Social-Emotional Information & Strategies to Support your Children at Home (Part 1)
Social-Emotional Information & Strategies to Support your Children at Home – Spanish
Narrated Version: https://natomasunified.org/content/uploads/2020/04/Social-Emotional-Information-and-Strategies-Narrated.mp4

Resources for Getting Help

Distance Learning Archive

Distance Learning Orientation for Special Education Families

Video de Orientación a Distancia para Educación Especial

504 Accommodation Plans

Distance Learning Update for Special Education Video

Distance Learning Update for Special Education Presentation

Staff

Staff Wellness Resources

For self-care and wellness, parenting, mental health resources, and more visit the Staff Wellness website.

Professional Development Presentations

Distance Learning Teacher Orientation

Special Education for Teachers

Special Education for Classified

Technical Resources

Follow the links below to find instructions and tutorials on using technology such as Zoom, Google Classroom, GoGuardian, and more:

Video Conferencing Guides (Zoom and Google Hangouts)
G Suite Apps for Teachers
Approved List of Curriculum Software

Here are some quick start guides to share with your parents and students to help them get started:

Chromebooks:
Chromebook Guide – English
Chromebook Guide – Spanish

Zoom Meetings:
How to Join a Zoom Meeting – iPad
How to Join a Zoom Meeting – Chromebook
How to Join a Zoom Meeting – Computer

Memorandum of Understandings

For MOU’s and negotiation news, please visit this webpage.

Contact Us

District Virtual Department Offices

Technical Support for Families

STUDENT SUPPORT HOURS 8AM-4PM 

Student Login and Software Support
Teachers will be the first point of contact for student login and student software support needs. Teachers or site staff who need assistance will submit a work order using the Track-it system. We have multiple tech staff members monitoring and responding to work orders daily.

Chromebook and Hotspot Support Device Support
Families/students should contact IT if they need technical support with their district issued device. Voicemails and emails will be monitored by the technology team.

  • Chromebook Support – Technology support for students experiencing difficulties with the Chromebook.
  • WiFi Support – Technology support for students experiencing difficulties with the hotspot.

Virtual School Offices

Digital Backpacks