Student Attendance and Participation Expectations during Distance Learning
As a reminder, when engaging in distance learning student participation and attendance can take multiple forms. Students are expected to actively participate in instruction, daily, as informed by their teachers. Participation will look a variety of ways and may include:
- Attending a Zoom class, with or without camera on
- Joining a Google hangout, with or without speaking
- Participating in a group chat(s)
- Direct email, call, or text with their teacher
- Evidence of completion and submission of assignments
- Assignments may be submitted via district-designated platforms, or via emails, photos, phone conferences, or other forms of documentation (as appropriate).
There may be points in time when teachers want students to demonstrate their learning (i.e state mandated assessments) and the instructor may ask the student to visually represent the skill with the video on.
As is common in the traditional school setting, students, families and teachers should be in communication about expectations, questions and concerns regarding student attendance and participation.
Student Literacy Resources During Distance Learning
DIGITAL READING RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH
Learn how to access these digital literacy resources in students’ Digital Backpacks.
- To support foundational reading, we have RAZ Kids, which provides all TK-3rd grade and students in our special education program with access to digital, leveled texts.
- Students in 3rd-5th grade, also have access to Newsela, a digital database of high-interest, up-to-date articles that can be tailored to students’ reading levels.
- Additional leveled reading texts are available for students participating in reading intervention and students in English Language Development classes.
- Hoopla provides opportunities for accessing authentic texts in a variety of genres and topics for all students (PK-12) and teachers.
BOOKS IN PRINT
- To support beginning reading skills, leveled take-home books are available for K-2 students. Students should have received multiple leveled texts during materials distribution.
- Additional reading materials were also made available to support English Language Learners.
- All students should have received their SF Public Library card numbers via email on Sept. 1. Teachers and SFUSD librarians have begun helping students activate their cards in order to reserve print books from the “SFPL To Go” locations gradually opening around the city. In the meantime, students are able to choose eBooks from the library; our librarians are compiling lists of suggested titles that link students, via the digital backpack, directly to downloadable eBooks and audiobooks.
To increase student access to library books, we are currently finalizing plans to establish three SFUSD sites as “SFPL To Go” locations. Look out for information about our Bookmobile by the end of September! The Bookmobile will deliver print books and materials to select SFUSD schoolyards twice a week.
SF Loves Learning Season 2 Starts This Monday at 2 p.m.
We will be airing an hour-long episode every weekday on KTVU Plus, aimed toward PK-2nd grade students. Enjoy this trailer for the SF Loves Learning TV show!
The show will provide daily culturally affirming academic, social emotional, movement, and creative content from SFUSD educators, students, families, and community partners. It will model SFUSD's Core values, develop students' Graduate Profile (life) skills, and provide opportunities to showcase their work.
How to watch SF Loves Learning:
- On KTVU Plus on TV:
- Broadcast Channel - 36
- AT&T - 1006
- Comcast - 6 / 706
- DirectTV - 36
- DISH - 36
- WAVE - 92 / 201
- On our website:
- SFUSD will also post each episode on the same day it is airing on the SFUSD YouTube Channel by 2 p.m., which will be linked from the SFUSD website. You can find all past episodes on our website too.
K-2ND GRADE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE SHOW?
We encourage teachers to promote the show with their students and assign activities on Seesaw related to the show. We invite students with their family to submit work from the show using this media release form: bit.ly/SFUSDyes.
HOW CAN SFUSD STAFF AND COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTE CONTENT FOR THE SHOW?
Teachers, family and community members, please share 1-5 minute content aimed toward PK-2nd graders you would like us to consider airing on the show—lessons, activities, celebrations, greetings, stories, etc. Review this guidance document for tips on producing quality clips, then submit your content using this Community Voices Submission Form. We will let you know if we are able to air your clip on the show.
Grab & Go Meals Are Now Free for All Students and Siblings
Free meals are now available to all SFUSD students, regardless of eligibility, and are now available to siblings not enrolled in SFUSD as well.
Every Wednesday, a bag of 5 days' worth of meals (including breakfast, lunch, supper, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk) is available at 18 school sites. View the list of sites and schedules at sfusd.edu/schoolfood.
At this time, our meal sites serve SFUSD students and their siblings only. Adults can continue to pick up meals for children.
To pick up meals for SFUSD students, please provide:
- Barcode for meal account (printed or on your smartphone)
- If you do not have the barcode, please bring one of the following: student ID card, meal account pin number, direct certification letter, eligibility letter, or 20-21 school placement letter
To pick up meals for siblings not enrolled in SFUSD, please provide the following:
- School-age children: school enrollment letter or student ID card
- Younger children: birthdate to receive a grab and go card