Distance Learning (until in-person resumes) FAQs

  • Will all students be required to be distance learners?
    Yes, all FUSD will begin the school year as Distance Learners until the Governor’s Executive order expires and in-person instruction can resume. 

    • All students will be learning remotely
    • Each student will be assigned a teacher at their home school
    • Students will be instructed via Google Classroom with District Curriculum
    • New instruction and content delivered
    • 1:1 instruction available as needed

    What does Distance Learning mean?
    All students will be learning through Google Classroom using District Curriculum. This curriculum will be a combination of online modules and teacher created content. Every student will be assigned a teacher from their home school and required to submit work throughout the week. 

    How much work should I expect My K-8 student to do?
    Paticipation is required 5 days per week.  The minimum amount of time a student is required to interact with material is listed below:
    Kindergarten-                  120 Minutes per day
    First - Third Grade-         180 Minutes per day
    Fourth-Sixth Grade-        222 Minutes per day
    Seventh-Eighth Grade-   264 Minutes per day

    Due dates will be communicated and two assignments per week for each content area will be entered in the gradebook.  Additional non graded activities can be assigned.

    Teachers are expected to provide a social emotional activity each week. 

    Primary grade teachers will be expected to teach ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Specials.

    Intermediate and middle school teachers will be responsible to teach ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Electives.

    All Specials/Elective teachers are expected to present content for their caseload.

    Attendance is to be taken every day in Synergy.  Posting bellwork, questions, participation, email conversations, or Google Meets are examples of documenting that a student is present and accounted for for that day.

    Expectations for high school students?
    Paticipation is required 5 days per week. Direct instruction, interactive materials or live lessons will be recorded and posted with alternative activities for students during the  assigned class time.

    Google Meet will be set up through Google Classroom.

    Every Wednesday, an activity or assignment should be made available for students to complete.  High school teachers will have Wednesday’s reserved for site level professional development, troubleshooting and meeting as each site determines.  There is to be no bell schedule or no live direct instruction.

    Attendance is to be taken every day in Synergy. Posting bellwork, questions, participation, email conversations, or Google Meets are examples of documenting attendance.

    Grades will be posted in Synergy by Friday at 3:00 PM for each student each week.

    What are the Attendance Requirements?
    It is expected that your student checks in and participates daily with their teachers and completes the work assigned. 

    If my senior is on track to graduate and only needs a few classes, do they have to attend a full day?
    No, seniors are only obligated to attend the courses that they need to graduate.

    What is the Difference between Distance Learning and Virtual Learning?
    Distance learning is how all students will start the school year. They will be assigned a teacher from their home school and be taught during the day with core curriculum and teacher instruction. Virtual learning is our model for students who attend Florence Virtual Academy. Students will be taught by an online instructor who assigns them self-paced instructional modules from Edgenuity. 

    Do I still need to choose Virtual Learning once in-person instruction resumes?
    Yes, all students and families must select how they will return to school once the Governor’s order is removed. Students and families have the choice to return in-person or virtually. More information can be found on the District’s Return to Learn website. 

    Will teachers be available during the school day for help or for questions?
    Each teacher will have specific office hours during the school day that they will be available to meet with students in addition to their regularly scheduled class time.