Distance Learning

Welcome to our Distance Learning Resource Hub

To slow down the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure learning continues for our students, the Natomas Unified School District will reopen virtually on April 20, 2020. We realize this is a major shift from the traditional school setting; however, due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, we must transition to a distant/virtual learning environment to complete the 2019-2020 school year. The last day of school is May 21, 2020.

This website has been designed to be a resource hub for parents, students, and staff. We have done our best to include every area that we thought you might need to get started. As we discover more areas that seem to be useful and requested, we will add them.

You can access all of the new School Distance/Virtual Learning Websites below.

Parents and Students

Educational Resources

Please explore the link below for online enrichment resources for families to utilize during school closures. 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

COVID-19/School Closure Updates

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.

Sample Daily Routine

COVID-19 Sample Daily Schedule created by Jessica McHale Photography
Sample daily schedule (credit by Jessica McHale Photography)

Preschool

Distance Learning for Preschool will be utilizing online videos and video chats to interact and provide educational and social experiences for preschool students.

We are in the process of building a daily calendar, which will include links to videos and activities for parents to follow. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a zoom classroom for 30 minutes twice a week with their teacher. To learn more, visit the Distance Learning for Preschool website.

Summer School Opportunities

Summer School Opportunities – June 1st – June 26th

At this time, the current landscape indicates that NUSD will need to transition Summer School for 2020 to a Distance Learning Model. To learn more about Summer School, including detailed information on programs, dates, and more, visit the Summer School webpage.

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

During our transition to distance learning, with virtual pilots now underway until we start officially on Monday, April 20th, we want to share with you that there are still opportunities for student(s) to participate in the after-school or mentoring program(s) that they have been enrolled in during the 19-20 school year. Some programs have already started reaching out to families while others will be reaching out fairly soon on how your student(s) can continue to participate virtually if they have been enrolled in the program this year.

NUSD is working closely with our program providers to offer enrichment opportunities and to continue to support engagement for students outside of their normal school instruction.  If you have any questions about your student(s) participating in the programs provided at their school(s), or if your student has not received communication from our partners according to the information provided above even though they have been enrolled for the 2019-20 school year, please contact your student’s school at the main phone number listed on the school’s website.

After-School and Mentoring Programs

Technical Resources

Need a Chromebook for Distance Learning?
If your child is in need of a Chromebook, please contact his/her school. Visit the Virtual School Offices webpage for contact information.

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 Summer Meals

Click here for information on updating Free and Reduced School Meal Application

May 20, 2020 – NUSD Launches Free Summer Meals Program for Youth 18 and Under

In our ongoing effort to continue feeding our students after the last day of school and while we are required to have limited contact with others due to COVID-19, we will continue to provide free meals to anyone 18 years and younger from May 22nd through July 31st at all 15 NUSD sites. This includes breakfast, lunch, supper, and meals that can be taken home for the weekend on Fridays.

We also want to let you know that we will be closed on Monday, May 25th, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday; however, families can pick up meals for Monday this Friday along with the weekend meals.

These meals are offered to families at no charge and no paperwork is needed as long as the child(s) is present with the parent/guardian. If the child is unable to be present, parents/guardians can bring any of the following verification:

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

Free Summer Meals List of Times, Dates and Locations

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 banner while schools are closed

School Year Calendar

Special Education

Distance Learning Update for Special Education

Distance Learning Update for Special Education Video – April 15, 2020

Distance Learning Update for Special Education Presentation – April 15, 2020

Distance Learning for Special Education

Distance Learning Orientation for Special Education Families

Video de Orientación a Distancia para Educación Especial

504 Accommodation Plans

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

Staff

Staff Wellness Resources

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

Summer School Opportunities

For detailed information about summer school employment opportunities, positions, and more, visit the Summer School webpage.

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

Contact Us

District Virtual Department Offices

Natomas Unified School District Virtual Department Offices

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Soft Launch on April 3, 2020)

Department Offices reopen virtually on April 20, 2020

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

Virtual Office Hours:

K-5 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday)
K-8 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday) and 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Tuesday & Thursday)
Secondary 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday)
Preschool 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday)

List of Virtual School Offices

School Distance Learning Websites