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Distance Learning and Grading FAQs

Q: Will teachers use video or other interactive learning opportunities during school closure?

A: Distance learning begins on April 13, 2020. Our teachers are diligently working to prepare learning opportunities and will be contacting students through a virtual online platform, Google Classroom. They are working with their peers, our professional development team and other District staff to equip themselves with a wide range of tools and resources to support direct and interactive learning virtually.

Q: How will students gain access to their Google Classroom account? 

A: All teachers and students have a Google Classroom account. Lessons, assignments and other links will be given within this platform. For middle and high school students, an email will come from the teacher to your child’s Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) google email with all of the information they will need to log into Google Classroom. For elementary students, a message will be sent to the email that you provided when your child was registered through Parent Vue. Please look for this email by Friday, April 10, 2020. If you don’t receive anything by Friday afternoon, contact your child’s teacher or principal.

Q: How much time should I expect my student to be online?

A: This will vary by grade. However, elementary students will receive no more than 10 hours of work a week.  Middle and high school students will receive no more than 12 hours of work a week for all courses combined. Please contact your child's teacher(s) for additional questions.

Q: Are distance learning assignments and lessons required?

A: Distance learning is optional but highly encouraged to continue student learning and prepare children for grade-level expectations they will encounter in the 2020-21 school year.

Q: Will students receive scores, letter grades on the work they do under distance learning?

A: Students will receive feedback on the work that they complete during distance learning. Students will not receive a lower grade than their current (Trimester 2 or Quarter 3) grades as a result of engaging in distance learning during this unprecedented time. Students can only improve their grades by participating in distance learning. Teachers are required to give students multiple opportunities to meet mastery of concepts taught prior to the school closure. 

Q: Will students need to repeat their current grade level as a result of the school closure?

A: Students will matriculate to the next grade level for the 2020-21 school year. Seniors should email their counselors as needed to ensure they are on track to graduate.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns about my child’s education?

A: For questions or concerns, families should email their child’s teacher and/or school administrator. Check your school’s webpage for email information.

Q: How can parents/guardians monitor student progress on their distance learning assignments?

A: Although assignments and lessons provided through distance learning will not negatively factor into students’ current grades, parents/guardians can view progress on these assignments by logging into Parent Vue.

Q: Will students be expected to participate in state testing for the 2019-20 school year?

A: No. Governor Newsom issued an executive order to waive this year’s statewide assessments in light of the current public health crisis. Students will not participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, the California Science Test, the California Alternate Assessments, or the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) during the 2019-20 school year.

Q: Will credit recovery programs continue during the school closure?

A: Yes, high school counselors will be contacting students to discuss the process for resuming student access to various credit recovery programs.

Q: How can families without internet service access distance learning opportunities?

A: Families who do not currently have access to the internet have two options:

  • One option is to take advantage of free internet service provided during the school closure through Charter and other inland empire services. Click this link for more information https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp.
  • The District has ordered wifi access points (hotspots) and are waiting for a delivery. Once the hotspots arrive, parents will be notified as to how to pick one up.

Q: Will the District answer questions regarding services related to my child’s education during school closure?

A: A child’s education is considered an essential service under the Governor’s executive order. Teachers, administrators, and staff remain engaged in maintaining District operations and continuity for all students through Distance Learning opportunities. Although our school sites are closed to the public, your questions will still be answered by calling 909-820-7700. Questions will be routed to the correct department who will email or call you with answers.