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Distance Learning Update, 4/3/2020

April 3, 2020

Dear DMUSD Families,

During this period of school closure, our entire district team appreciates your support and patience as every member of our team works hard to support the emotional and academic well-being of students and their families.  Since the first week of school closure, our teams have distributed Chromebooks to families at each school, created an array of rich learning activities for families, and launched a technology support system for families and staff.  At the same time, teachers worked within a brief one-week period to prepare remote lessons, and transitioned to an entirely new learning environment.  And still, we continue to flex and adjust to new information as it is provided from state and local officials.

Moving into Phase Two of remote learning will include live and/or recorded video lessons from your child’s teacher.  These lessons will be brief and are intended to support students’ independent work.  Students will also have “real-time” check-ins from their teacher using a virtual conferencing platform.  There are many digital tools available and we have needed time to enable platforms in a safe, secure environment for children. Our technology department has been working to  ensure all tools meet the student privacy regulations required by law.  Thank you for your patience.  Over the past week, we have had the opportunity to meet with teachers across the district from every grade level and specialty area.  We have created resource pages for educators which will assist in moving forward with lessons designed to support students in acquiring new content, reviewing previously learned content, and  supporting the personal connection that is so vital to caring for students’ emotional and academic well-being.

Our community has been tremendously supportive and understanding of the fact that this transition has been no small undertaking.  We can empathize with the challenges of trying to work from home, suddenly playing a significant role in supporting the education of one’s children.  Many of our teachers face the same circumstances.  As we move through this period of school closure, we will all get better at distance learning and eagerly await the time when students can return to school to be greeted by teachers who love and miss them.  Until then, as a district, we are committed to the finest remote learning experience we can provide for every child.  Although we will be on spring break from April 6th through April 10th, our team has provided additional resources to engage your children in interesting learning options.  These activities, as well as the activities previously provided are available here (March) and here (April).

While we recognize the situation poses challenges to many families, the most effective way to slow and disrupt transmission of this pandemic, and therefore get back to normal, is by continuing to strictly follow social distancing orders.  As a reminder, San Diego County public health officials have issued orders to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

  • Everyone needs to stay home except to take care of essential needs or go to an essential job.
  • Practice social distancing.  Keep at least six feet away from other people unless they're family. Avoid gatherings of any size.

This means students should not be meeting with others outside of their families at any time, including Spring Break.  

Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to support our students and families! 

Be well, 

Shelley Petersen

Shelley Petersen
Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services
Del Mar Union School District
11232 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130