Covid-19 Distance Learning FAQs  

We regularly consult guidelines and recommendations from the  Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the  Orange County Department of Public Health and the  Department of EducationWe are committed to providing you additional updates as more information becomes available.

What is Distance Learning?

 

Distance learning is an alternative form of education that enables teachers to teach from an alternate site, and students to learn from home. Distance learning includes a variety of online and   offline learning activities, using a combination of online and offline resources.

 

 

How will the social emotional needs of our children be met during this time?

Your children’s well-being is our highest priority.  Our teachers and entire staff will make it their highest priority to ensure that students have the care and reassurance they need during this period.  We are discussing many possibilities for how we can create lightness, fun, and a sense of wellness for students during this unprecedented situation.   

Parent FAQs Distance Learning 2020

  (updated regularly)

This document is geared to general questions that apply to all parents.  Questions about your individual child or class should be directed to your teacher directly.  We will review the questions daily and provide as much information as we can. Please be patient in understanding that the situation is extremely fluid and unprecedented.  Our goal is to provide accurate information in a timely manner.  

Parents may use this document to post general questions that apply to all parents.  Questions about your individual child or class should be directed to your teacher directly.  We will review the questions daily and provide as much information as we can. Please be patient in understanding that the situation is extremely fluid and unprecedented.  Our goal is to provide accurate information in a timely manner.  

What if I have a technical question during the day?

IT support will be available during school hours. Dedicated email addresses have been established to ensure timely responses:

Parent Tech Support:  parentitsupport@hacds.org

Student Tech Support:  studentitsupport@hacds.org

We are offering a  sample schedule for your convenience, but families will have discretion to determine the most effective schedule for their students.  We are aware that some students will be sharing access to computers.

Communal T’fillah/Prayer, daily

Lower School t’fillah - 9:00 AM

Upper School Girls davening - 9:00 AM

Upper School Boys davening  - 9:00 AM

Does distance learning require an internet connection and a computer?

All students will require access to a computer and the internet. Daily lessons will be accessible from GOOGLE CLASSROOM, using student’s login and password, which can be retrieved from the teachers. 

To access Google Classroom:

Go to  classroom.google.com and click Go to Classroom.

Enter your username (available from your teacher) and click Next.

Enter your password (available from your teacher) and click Next.

A  Google Classroom Tutorial is available for parents here.

Other tutorials for online learning, including google docs and the Math and Wonders curriculum can be found here:  https://sites.google.com/hacds.org/hacurriculum-demo/home

Families who are in need of a laptop loan can request one from Rabbi Newman  rabbinewman@hacds.org while supplies last.

Do I have to log on to my students accounts?

Students in fourth grade and above are well versed in signing on themselves.  Students in the lower grades may require support from their parents.

Teachers and admin will be available throughout the day every day, during regularly scheduled school hours to answer any parent questions.  Since we are not able to man the phones easily, we recommend email at this point:

Dasha Gariepy:  admin@hacds.org 

Dr. Harari:  principal@hacds.org

Mr. Crowley:  Pcrowley@hacsds.org

Mrs. Lopez (Curriculum Specialist):  llopez@hacds.org

All lessons will be posted on Google Classroom.

We are organizing a local drop off on Thursday at 3 different locations (Hebrew Academy, Long Beach, and Irvine) for parents to pick up resources and materials for their students.

 We are determining a number of options for individualized instruction and feedback. Using Google platform will allow teachers to comment on student work. Teachers in younger classrooms are working on strategies to support students that are not independently proficient in Google Suite.  All of our teachers will have “Office hours” when they can be available for phone calls with parents.

Teachers will be available for “office hours” for individual or small groups.  

Mrs. Brown, our Student Services Coordinator, will continue to provide small group and some individual tutoring by sign ups only.

we are not scheduling “real time” learning because we are aware that many students will be sharing computer time.     

uncertainty and will almost surely result in challenges for your students the rest of this academic year.  Our teachers are committed to ensuring that your student doesn’t fall behind or lose valuable learning time. Students will be expected to be caught up with the rest of their class when we resume classroom-based learning.  All teachers will be taking attendance, giving points for classwork and participation and having tests and quizzes during this time.    

. We understand the profound challenges that this presents for parents and we will do everything in our power to mitigate the challenges.

 

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