• Welcome Sunnyvale School District Families!

    (posted 7-21-20)

     

    We are looking forward to reconnecting with our Sunnyvale School District (SSD) students, and to welcoming new families in August! School looks different from usual right now, but our priorities stay the same: helping our students to learn and grow.  

     

    At-home learning begins on August 19 for transitional kindergarten-8th Grade

     

    Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases in our county, we are unable to begin in-person instruction this August. For at least the first six weeks of the school year,  all students will participate in Virtual School (rigorous distance learning including daily live instruction) or be able to opt-in to Independent Study (an alternative to classroom instruction, district curriculum where the student completes work independently). 

     

    The Virtual School program will differ from the spring of 2020 in several important ways. The Virtual School program will feature daily teacher-led instruction that focuses on grade-level standards. In addition, there is a more structured/planned school day where attendance will be taken daily and grades will be issued. 

     

    We will resume some level of in-person instruction as soon as we are able to safely do so, but no earlier than Wednesday, September 30, 2020. We will be re-evaluating every two weeks whether we can reopen schools for in-person learning. We will keep our families informed.

     

    During the week of July 20, we will be mailing a form asking families to choose an at-home learning option. The form is also available sesd.org/20-21schoolyear

     

    Make your choice by August 3

     

    Please send your form back no later than August 3! If we do not hear from you by that date, we will place your child in the Virtual School plan. 

     

    Please remember that your child will remain in the Virtual School option through the full first six weeks of school. If you choose Independent Study the commitment is for the first trimester.

    When pandemic conditions allow, we will expand our offerings to include a third in-person learning option. At that time, children may continue in Virtual School or Independent Study, or may participate in our in-person Blended Learning option. 

     

    Please stay tuned!

     

    Questions?

     

    Find answers quickly here in our FAQs below. If you still need help, please don’t hesitate to email us at covid19concerns@sesd.org.

     

    Thank you for your flexibility and support! We look forward to serving your children.

     

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

  • When does school start?

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    Virtual School and the Independent Study Program are scheduled to begin on August 19.

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  • What are my choices for sending my transitional kindergarten-8th grade child back to school?

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    For the first six weeks of the year families will have two options: 

     

    • Virtual School: Students attend virtual school, assigned to one teacher, learning alongside their classmates. It’s like a typical school day, held in a virtual setting. Details can be found here, or
    • Independent Study: Students are held to the same curricular requirements, but parents act as the primary teachers. Details can be found here.

     

    We will be re-evaluating every two weeks whether we can reopen schools for in-person learning. We will keep our families informed.

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  • What are the differences between Virtual School and Independent Study?

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    • Virtual School mimics a typical school day. Teachers lead instruction either through live virtual sessions or taped lessons. Students work together in small groups or independently and regular, timely attendance is required.
    • Independent Study students follow a less-restrictive schedule but are held to the same academic standards as those in virtual learning. The key difference is that instruction is parent-led rather than teacher-led. Parents and students meet with teachers weekly for updates and support.

     

     

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  • When will I have to make a decision?

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    Families must select an at-home learning option for the first six weeks of the year no later than August 3. If we do not hear from you by that date, we will place your child in the virtual school option.

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  • Will Virtual School be different than what we did in the spring? How has it improved?

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    Distance learning last spring gave us an opportunity to identify the things we’d like to do differently to better serve students and families. As a result, Virtual School will have daily live interactions with teachers, required regular attendance, and instruction is in whole and small groups with independent activities also provided. We will also track student attendance and have scheduled opportunities to provide meaningful feedback to students and parents.

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  • How often will you re-evaluate whether you can reopen the schools to in-person learning?

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    We will be re-evaluating every two weeks whether we can reopen schools for in-person learning. We will keep our families informed.

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  • Can I change my decision at any point?

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    Please choose your learning option carefully; safety guidelines necessitate that families must stay within their chosen programs until the end of the first trimester, November 13.

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  • What about my preschoolers? Will you offer distance learning for them?

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    No. Per our State licensing agreement, we will not be offering Virtual School for preschoolers.

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  • Will support be provided for students with an IEP/504 as well as English Language Learners?

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    Yes, we remain committed to providing equitable learning opportunities for every child we serve and we will certainly provide guidance and services to families whose children have special learning or health needs.


    Help will be available virtually, and we may be providing some in-person support for our most vulnerable learners during the learn-from-home period. Please contact Student Services here.

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  • Will my child be able to participate in extracurricular activities?

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    For the first six weeks of instruction when campuses are closed, we will not host any after-school or extracurricular activities, virtually or in person. If that plan changes or if our community partners offer virtual options for children, we will be sure to notify families as early as we can.

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  • What is the district doing to ensure children and families stay mentally healthy?

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    We understand this is a stressful time for families and children, and invite you to visit the social-emotional learning section of our website for communication tips and exercises that can help children recognize, understand, and express their emotions during stressful times. 

     

    For concerns about mental health, we recommend you contact one of the following. (None is directly affiliated with the SSD):

     

    • Your medical professional (for a referral for mental health services)
    • NAMI’s Warmline/Help Desk —  408-453-0400 (option/extension #1). It is a free and confidential resource for anyone seeking mental health-related information and support.
    • For a mental health crisis or emergency, please call NAMI’s crisis line at 1-800-704-0900 (option/extension #2) or dial 911.

     

     

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  • What about access to food? How can I still access meals my student was getting?

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    If your child was already enrolled in our school breakfast and lunch program, to-go meals will continue to be available for pick-up at the school site. 


    If you are new to our district or are facing new financial hardship, please contact Armando Robles at armando.robles@sodexo.com  to see if we may enroll you in our free meal program.

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