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San Diego Unified begins graded online distance learning Monday

Posted at 6:11 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 21:11:12-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Graded online distance learning will begin Monday for San Diego Unified School District students.

The district announced that most students have been connected to online distance learning since the soft launch on April 6th.

"San Diego Unified entered this crisis with two strong legs to stand on, our technology and our teachers," said Superintendent Cindy Marten. "88.6 percent of all of our students have connected to school during this soft launch period."

The district said it has provided 47,000 Chromebooks to its students and Cox Communications Connect2Compete program has linked families in need with free or low cost, high speed internet.

"Folks that sign up by May 15 will get free internet until July 15," said Sam Attisha with Cox Communications

Teachers have been working out the kinks over the last couple of weeks to see what customized plan works best for their individual classroom.

"There's not one style, one way, or one approach that works for every single learner," explained Marten.

District officials also said teachers will not be replicating a full school day online.

Although graded instruction will begin on Monday, it won't be traditional.

Under the Grade Protection Initiative no student will receive a lower grade that what they had before distance learning started.

"Their grades will be frozen from where they were and we expect them to improve their grades," said SDUSD Board President John Evans. "We're not penalizing anybody, but people will move ahead."

Parents can call 619-260-2460 if their child is still in need of a laptop or internet connection.

Click here if you have questions and would like more information about distance learning, free meals, or computers.