At this time, the current landscape indicates that NUSD will need to transition Summer School for 2020 to a Distance Learning Model. While we prioritize our focus for virtual summer school, we have decided to really focus on supporting our high school students along with some targeted groups of students.
This summer, we will be offering the following distance learning programs:
- High School Summer School – Teachers will provide students with instruction and support via online platforms that we use regularly in our district.
- Pilot a distance learning program to support our English learners in grades 4th-8th. The pilot program would provide instruction that focuses on scaffolded, social and academic interaction needed to support English language acquisition. Needs will be differentiated for Long-Term English Learners (LTELs) or those at risk of becoming LTELs, as well as newcomers, allowing us to serve our English learners to continue to provide English language development (ELD). We will run this pilot for 3 weeks in June to determine the viability of expanding the structure to support other students.
- Kinder Camp Summer Program – The Distance Learning Kindergarten Readiness program is funded by First 5 Sacramento and designed to help prepare children who are attending Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten in the Fall of 2020. Priority is given to children who have not previously participated in a preschool program and live within NUSD boundaries.
- Special Education Summer Program – Virtual SPED Services are being offered to students with an IEP who qualify for extended school year or have regressed toward their IEP goals. If your student is earning a regular high school diploma and needs to earn credit, please visit our district website regarding enrollment in your school site summer program (not the Special Education program). The SPED department will offer your student support through a Virtual Learning Center, but the APEX services will be offered through your home school site. If your student is going to be in kindergarten in the fall and has not attended preschool or transitional kindergarten, please consider signing up for Kinder Camp. The Special Education Department may still provide your student with services, such as speech. We recognize that some Special Education students may not benefit from the distance learning format and a plan is being developed for remediation services in the 2020-2021 school year.
Finally, we recognize that there are students who struggled with the distance learning (DL) model this spring, and will require specific support as a result of our districtwide time spent in distance learning. We do not believe that offering summer school to these students via distance learning will benefit them, if that was the issue that kept them from being as successful as they could be in their learning process. Therefore, staff will be focusing on how to provide remediation through other means as soon as it is possible, likely at the start of the 2020-21 school year. More information will become available as we learn more over the next few months about the COVID-19 pandemic and related guidelines for schools.
NUSD Students & Families: Click on the links below to learn more about the Summer Programs that will be offered by the Natomas Unified School District.
- High School Distance Learning Summer School
- Kinder Readiness Distance Learning Summer Program
- English Learner Distance Learning Summer Program
- Special Education Summer Program
NUSD Staff: Click on the link below to read detailed information about our summer learning programs, how staff can get involved, and the professional learning that will be provided to support teachers.