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Distance Learning: 6th to 12th Grades





Daily Academic Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, April 14, classes will meet Monday-Thursday each week, according to this A/B block schedule: 

Period Meeting Time
Zero Period 7:40-8:20 a.m.
First Period 8:30-9:20 a.m.
Third Period 9:30-10:20 a.m.
Fifth Period 10:30-11:20 a.m.
Seventh Period 11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Office Hours 1-3 p.m. (appt.)
Period Meeting Time
Second Period 8:30-9:20 a.m.
Fourth Period 9:30-10:20 a.m.
Sixth Period 10:30-11:20 a.m.
Eighth Period 11:30 a.m.-12:20 a.m.
Office Hours 1-3 p.m. (appt.)


IMPORTANT: Students in 6th-12th grades are be expected to complete work and attend online class meetings during distance learning to receive credit for classes.

If you don't have internet access at home, please complete this survey and say you do not have access. Hard copy packets will be mailed to students without internet access. 

How to participate in distance learning

Online class meetings
Teachers and students will meet online using tools like Webex and Google Hangouts*

Virtual classrooms
Teachers will set up virtual hubs, like Google Classroom, to assign and collect classwork*

* REMEMBER: It is vital for students to access and regularly check their GUSD email accounts. These accounts are where they will receive communications from teachers and schools and to access district-approved platforms like Google Classroom.

How to join online class meetings

Step 1
Check Google Classroom and GUSD email for communications from teachers

Step 2
At the designated time, click on meeting link to join class

Attendance in class meetings: Students will be expected to log in at the start of the designated time for each class period unless the teacher indicates otherwise. Students may or may not be in the designated chat room the entire designated time for each period based on the teacher's instructional plan for each day.

Office hours/small group chats: Teachers may also be sharing opportunities for your child to join in small group video chats, online discussions, and/or office hours throughout the afternoon.

Communication with teachers: Students unable to attend at the assigned times must communicate with the teacher.

Written work: We will continue to provide packets of written work for those students not able to access the online curriculum.

Assignments/lessons: New work and assignments will be posted by 8:30 a.m. by classroom teachers.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our new distance learning plan. This is new for all of us and we will continue to learn, grow, and refine over the coming days and weeks.

Note: Schedules for Dr. TJ Owens Gilroy Early College Academy will be communicated by the school by March 30.

Grading Policies for Secondary Students

GUSD will transition all secondary students to credit/no credit (CR/NC) grading for the second semester of 2019-20. The decision included input from principals, instructional leads, District-level administration, consultation with university admissions officials, and Santa Clara County superintendents. We are thankful for our partnership with our teachers and the Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier last week to memorialize the temporary shift in teaching practices to complete this year. 

Moving to CR/NC grading will benefit our staff and students without negative consequences for students with collegiate aspirations. Universities across the country have made it clear that students will not be penalized for missing traditional standardized tests or for posting credit/no credit transcripts for this semester. One of the most clear explanations of the assurances our students should expect comes from Harvard University. Their complete letter can be found here

GUSD has created a one-semester change in practice to post accumulated credits without positively or negatively impacting grade-point averages (GPAs). Colleges lean heavily on an official document called the School Profile. School Profiles explain circumstances to colleges, including graduation requirements, GPA calculations, honors courses, average SAT/ACT scores and other elements that make schools unique. In this case, the shift to CR/NC grading in the face of a national pandemic will be described and accepted without penalty. The move is temporary and will be discontinued when students and staff return to school in the fall.

School is continuing in a flexible learning environment

Teachers will be assigning work, providing feedback and assessing for mastery of material. As long as you are engaging in your coursework, attending class sessions or completing packets and submitting assignments you will earn credits for the semester. The student’s final second semester CR/NC determination will take into consideration the third quarter performance and the fourth quarter distance learning completion of assignments.

Credit will be given to students who maintain or improve upon their mastery of the standards for the course by completing all assigned work. The assignments will not receive a formal grade, but feedback will be provided in order to help students master the standard being addressed. Students choosing not to complete the work assigned will not receive credit for the course.


Office hours are by appointment. These times will be communicated by teachers directly to their classes. This will be an opportunity for teachers to follow up with families and/or students where there are concerns.


Attendance recording will occur through your child’s meetings and interactions in Google Classroom with their teachers. Teachers and GUSD will monitor attendance data to ensure that students are engaged in their learning.


Students are expected to maintain the standards of appropriate behavior as if school were in regular session. Any concerns with student behaviors will be handled appropriately as it would be if students were present at school.