|(July 21, 2020, 10:55 a.m.) -- While LBUSD's School Board, LBUSD staff and parents/students discuss details of how to implement online ("distance learning") (LBREPORT.com coverage with on-demand audio here), the state legislature included the following requirements in the state's FY20-21 budget. The bottom line: school districts statewide must meet some basic requirements or potentially face loss of state taxpayer funding.
Here's what the Assembly and state Senate, with Governor Newsom's approval, included for distance learning in the state's FY20=21 budget:
Daily live interaction in which teachers connect with students each school day via online instruction or phone check ups.
Minimum instruction schools can meet by combining teacher instruction and "time value" of schoolwork assigned: Kindergarden = 3 hrs/day; Grades 1-3 = 3 hrs/50 mins per day; Grades 4-12 = 4 hrs per day.
No specific requirements for live instruction (minimum daily "synchronus" (i.e live) instruction (but note LBUSD July
Avoding disengagement by requiring that schools create a plan to re-engage students absent from distance learning for more than three school days a week.
Keeping weekly records of engagement requiring schools to keep "weekly engagement records" indicating amounts of synchronous (live) or asynchronous instruction received by a student .
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Daily attendance-taking.which sounds bureaucratic but has conseqwuences; if students don't participate the result can affect a school's chronic absenteeism numbers.
Addressing students in need by requiring that schools provide "accommodations necessary" to serve special needs students
Monitoring connectivity to ensure stduents/fanukues have internet connecitvity and devices to use it and make accommodations if they don't.
Replace school's "accoutability plan" (annual planning document) with "learning continuity and attendance plan" by Sept. 30.
Context: As previously reported by LBREPORT.comon the July 14 video announcement by incoming Superintendent Dr. Jill Baker who indicated LBUSD plans "for a robust online instructional program to include daily live lessons, synchronous instruction, grading and attendance-taking."
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