Distance Learning During
Distance Learning Starts Wed., March 18th and Emphasizes Core Subjects
Veritas distance education will be in place beginning March 18th. We will be using Google Classroom as our online platform.
CORE SUBJECTS are:
TK-4th Learning: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics (some History also for 3rd and 4th grade) 5th-8th Grade Learning: English (Literature and ELA), History, Mathematics, Science
Google Classroom Details
How to Log in to Google Classroom?
Please read these instructions very carefully so that your child is able to access their teachers' lessons.
I have attached a document which gives you the steps to log in. After your student has logged in, we will send an email invitation to each parent to log in as guardian as well.
Each TK-4th grade student needs to log in to Google Classroom and only join one class.
TK-4th grade will find all subjects in one class, i.e. Mrs. Fischer’s 4th Grade, Mrs. Garcia’s Kindergarten
Each 5th-8th grade student needs to join three Google Classes: Humanities, Math, Science
Here is a short video of how to use google classroom for students:
How much help will my child need from me?
The TK-4 students will need parent support, with more support needed in TK-2 and less in 3rd and 4th grade. The 5th-8th grade students will need support to get started and get used to the technology but should only need help occasionally thereafter. Again, this will likely be proportional to their age. We expect 7th and 8th graders to be nearly independent.
How will my child be taught?
All lessons will be posted under the appropriate class or subject area within a class. These lessons will include any documents, presentations, videos, or links which your teacher feels are necessary for them to fully understand the lesson. Any associated homework will have a due date.
Will my child's class actually be meeting online? Will the teacher hold a virtual class as many colleges do?
No, the class will not be meeting. Teachers will give you the lesson via other means and you have the flexibility of doing the work on your child's schedule at home as long as assignments are handed in on time.
Will my child's class ever connect for a discussion?
Your child's class will only meet online if your child's teacher decides to do an occasional Google Meet (same as Google Hangouts) - similar to GoToMeeting or Zoom. You can use this link to see the necessary browser and operating system. https://support.google.com/meet/answer/7317473?hl=en&ref_topic=7306097
What format should my child use to do their homework and how should they hand it in?
All homework will be posted on Google Classroom. For 3rd to 8th grade, it will also be listed in Renweb. Grades will continue to be listed on Renweb.
If the work involves a worksheet, it should be printed out if you have access to a printer, or the words on the worksheet can be transcribed to another page and answered there.
If the work involves a Google Doc, Google Sheet,or Google Slide, it needs to be shared with the teacher.
Any handwritten work should be scanned or photographed and then uploaded to Google Classroom.
Will my child still have to take quizzes or tests? If so, how?
It is likely that most students will still have to take assessments. If so, they will be posted to Google Classroom. Some may be online quizzes, some may be written, and some may be sent as a PDF.
They should be completed and submitted as indicated above for homework.
All assessments should be proctored by a parent and taken without access to an i-phone or laptop even if the student states they want to use the calculator on the phone. Every parent will have to sign their child's test signifying that they proctored the test and that their child did the work without outside assistance.
What do I do if I have some difficulties with the technology?
The attached document will give you some help if you have any difficulty logging in. Most of Google Classroom is very user-friendly and easy to navigate, but if you need help, please email your child's teacher, and they will forward your question to someone else if they are not able to answer it.
What do I do if my child does not understand the instructions or material?
If your child does not understand something and if you are not able to help, please feel free to email your child's teacher, and your teacher will answer you within 24 hours. We know we may need to troubleshoot here and there as we all adapt to this new system with different technology at home. Please email your teacher directly if you have questions about a specific class. They will be happy to assist you or to connect you with someone who can.