For Parents

Welcome to Distance Learning. Here are the things you need to know.

Bienvenidos a la Educación a Distancia. Aquí hay algunas cosas que debe saber.

Starting the first day of school on Tuesday, September 8th, 2020, our scholars will once again be able to enjoy learning together alongside their classmates–in a virtual classroom.

At 9AM each day, all scholars must use their school provided Chromebook laptops to log onto their assigned virtual classrooms using Zoom links that will be provided under the Student Schedule page. They will learn together with their homeroom classmates in different virtual classrooms throughout the morning, and attached with this letter is your child’s homeroom assignment and daily schedule.

9AM-1:30PM is time for learning together in a virtual classroom via Zoom, and 1:30PM-3PM is for self-paced learning.

Between each synchronous “learn together” period, scholars will have 30 minutes to eat, take a break, and relax. In the afternoon, scholars will once again participate in asynchronous “learn at own pace” lessons, with the school day ending at 3PM for most students on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will be a shortened day to support individualized learning. 

SCHEDULE INFORMATION

MON, TUE, THU, FRI

Advisory: Scholars will participate in 5 SYNC (learn together) lessons each week at 9AM with their homeroom teachers. Attendance is mandatory.

Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies: For each core content area, scholars will participate in 2 SYNC (learn together), and 2 ASYNC (learn at your own pace) lessons each week.

Enrichment (Art, Spanish, Theatre, or Coding): Scholars will participate in 1 SYNC (learn together) and 1 ASYNC (learn at your own pace) lesson each week.

Physical Education: Scholars will participate in 1 ASYNC (learn at your own pace) lesson each week.

Socio-Emotional Learning: Scholars will participate in 1-2 ASYNC (learn at your pace) lessons each week (Program is called Second Step).

WED, RSP, and ELD

Personalized Math Learning: On Wednesdays, Math and Science teachers will assign one individualized ASYNC (learn at your own pace) lesson each week.

Personalized ELA Learning: On Wednesdays, ELA teachers will assign one individualized ASYNC (learn at your own pace) lesson each week.

English Language Designated: Emergent Bilingual students will receive 4 mini SYNC (learn together)  lessons each week either in the morning (8:35-9AM) or in the afternoon (3:05-3:30PM). ELD instruction will begin on September 28th, and a specialist will be calling families in the coming weeks to schedule with each family.

RSP: Scholars with IEPs will receive special support either in SYNC (learn together) lessons with an additional instructor, or during ASYNC (learn at your own pace) lessons where an instructor will be present.

Parents and guardians
Los padres y guardianes deben

Scholar Responsibilities

Daily attendance for synchronous “learn together” lessons is required, and families will be notified each time a scholar is absent.

Asynchronous “learn at own pace” lessons must be completed by the same day.

Scholars must wear appropriate attire for “learn together” lessons, and participate fully and respectfully. Cameras should be ON and audio OFF unless called upon to share.

Safe Use: Scholars may only use their Equitas Chromebook laptops for educational purposes, and families will be immediately notified should their child attempt to visit inappropriate websites, which are blocked.

Encourage Learning/ Fomentar la Educación

This is a difficult time for many of us, and the truth is, many students across the country have decided to remain logged off and give up on Distance Learning.

We here at EQ2 have poured in hours of love and labor to create content to sustain our scholars’ motivation to learn, to succeed, and we ask families to support us in this work as well.

Show your children that you care by asking them each day how they’ve done, what new things they’ve learned, how proud you are of their work, and making sure there is an even balance of learning, self-care, and play each day.

Sabemos que esto es un tiempo difícil para todos y sabemos que hay muchos estudiantes que no han continuado con su educación.

Nosotros hemos trabajado horas en nuestra labor para fomentar un ambiente y sostener la motivación y el aprendizaje de los alumnos. Ha sido una labor de amor para ayudar en el éxito de nuestros alumnos, le pedimos que nos apoyen en este trabajo.

Demuéstrele a sus hijos que la educación es importante preguntándoles que han hecho, qué han aprendido, el orgullo de su trabajo y asegurándose que tengan un balance entre la educación y su bienestar.

Grading Policy

Report cards will be sent home at the end of each trimester, and a progress report will be available at the midpoint of the trimester.

Grades in all content areas will be determined using four criterias: 25% Participation in synchronous “learn together” lessons), 25% Participation in asynchronous “learn at own pace lessons”, 25% classwork and quizzes, and 25% end of unit tests and/or performance tasks.

Illuminate, Parent Square, and Google Classroom will be our main online tools to support distance learning. You can use the Illuminate app on your devices to monitor grades, assignment completion, as well as attendance, and Parent Square is how the school communicates with families. Please call 424-242-9212 or email JGonzalez@equitasacademy.org for any assistance or to set up your accounts.

Ask for Help / Pida Ayuda

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not just facing a great deal of problems, we are facing a great deal of problems we’ve never dealt with before.

Fortunately, Equitas families have been together for many years, and we are here to support one another. Please reach out to our virtual main office at 424-242-9212, call your child’s teachers, and lean upon one another for answers that we are all figuring out as we go.

You should also never hesitate to email our school leaders, in any language, and we promise you will receive a response within hours.

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19 nos hemos visto tener que enfrentar problemas nunca antes enfrentados.

Afortunadamente hemos estado juntos como comunidad por muchos años y siempre hemos estado aquí para servirles. Tenemos nuestra oficina activa virtualmente contactandonos al 424-242-9212. También puede llamar o enviar un correo electrónico a los maestros.

William Ko, School Director wko@equitasacademy.org
Natalie Mejia, Dean (Grades 5+6) nmejia@equitasacademy.org
Carla Perez, Dean (Grades 7+8) cperez@equitasacademy.org

Let’s make learning happen.

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