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Frequently Asked Question (Distance Learning)

Parent FAQ for Distance Learning


What is the schedule for students during distance learning?

Distance Learning Schedule:

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8:00-10:00

Period 1

Period 4

Period 1

Period 4

10:10 -12:10 

Period 2

Period 5

Period 2

Period 5

12:10-12:50

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:50-2:50

Period 3

Period 6

Period 3

Period 6

Your child is expected to attend their classes through Google Classroom during these times. The teacher for each class will set up the agenda for the day and provide directions. You can expect that your child will have visual contact through Google Meet with each of their teachers Monday through Thursday. Your child’s, and your, point of contact for any issues and concerns with a class is the classroom teacher. Please work directly with the teacher. Contact information can be found on our website, through Homelink, ParentSquare, and on Google Classroom.


What does school look like on Fridays?
    1. School starts with Advisory at 9 am.
    2. The rest of the day is “asynchronous” which means students will not attend class at a certain time.
    3. The purpose of this day is to provide support to students who need support and/or enrichment. Teachers will reach out to students who are struggling and set up meetings to support them. Teachers will also reach out to students who are doing well to extend their learning. Teachers will also use this time to provide feedback to students on various assignments.
    4. If you have questions or concerns this is a good day to get teachers to meet with you or your student.

What's the best way for our students to keep track of student progress and support our students academically? 
  1. You can set up alerts in Homelink. You can set Homelink to notify you when your child’s grade drops below a certain point.
  1. Ask probing questions. Instead of How was your day? Say tell me about an assignment you did in Math. Or what do you do well in with writing and what do you need to improve?
  2. Hint: Try to focus on learning rather than the grade.
    1. Need to get in touch with a teacher? Go to the Mesa Staff Directory page to for their email address.
    2. First stop is Homelink. You can see their overall grade and progress. We recommend checking Homelink weekly at a minimum.
    3. The next stop is to talk with your child to find out how they are doing and what support they might need.
    4. A crucial place to go is to communicate with your child’s teacher. The teachers will be able to answer all questions involving student progress and what supports are being provided and can be provided. 
    5. Progress reports are sent home quarterly. However, it's always better to know what’s going on sooner than later, so please check Homelink weekly.
How do we know what their assignments are?
    1. Students have been provided an agenda book. They are encouraged to write assignments and homework in that agenda. 
      1. Students also have been shown how to use their Google Calendar. This is a great place to go as well as due dates for assignments are automatically posted on the calendar.
    2. You can check their Google Classroom. By default you should have been invited to be a guardian in all of your child’s Google Classrooms. However, you will get a much more clear picture if you are able to access your child’s actual Google Classroom. We suggest either getting their login and password so you can check, or look over their shoulder while they show you what their Google Classroom looks like.
      1. The To-Do list in Google Classroom is a great tool. Your child should know where that is.
      2. Also, please check our Mesa Parent & Student Digital Resources page for more hints.
 
If my child is struggling with certain subjects is there support available (like tutoring)?
    1. Yes, there is support. We may offer outside of school tutoring at some point, but right now, the best way to get support is through your child’s teacher. Extra support to students is provided within the two-hour block time as well as on Friday we will have targeted support for students by invitation.
 
How can my child access school counseling services?
    1. Ms. Scorby is our school counselor. You may communicate directly with her. Please start with the Mesa Counseling webpage.

What if my child needs a Chromebook, textbook, or other materials?
    1. Call the school at 474-3400 to schedule an appointment to pick up what you need.

What happens if the Chromebook we borrowed doesn’t work?
    1. Call 474-3899 for technical support
    2. If it still doesn’t work call the school office 474-3400

How do I get help with the internet if we are having trouble?
    1. Call technical support to rule out device issues 474-3899
    2. Call the school office 474-3400 and let us know what you are dealing with. We will point you in the right direction.

What happens if my child’s computer or our internet isn’t working and they can’t get in their class?
    1. Email the teacher to let them know what’s going on.
    2. If you can’t email, call the school to let us know and we will tell the teacher.
    3. Stay in communication with us. We will not penalize students for things that are out of their control.

Can my child check out a library book?
    1. Yes! We will have more information later, but if you would like a book now, please call the school at 474-3400 and we will set you up.

Will there be sports, clubs and other activities?
    1. We are hoping to start our sports in January. As the school year progresses we will have more information for you.
    2. Yes, we will have clubs. We are working on setting up clubs. They will be virtual and will most likely begin at some point in September. 
    3. We do still have our student government (ASB) and our WEB Class who will be organizing school wide activities throughout the year.