Learning environment

The learning environment has changed dramatically in all schools

The learning environment has changed dramatically for all students in California since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic forced all schools to close for the remainder of the spring on April 1.

Phase 2 of remote learning for K-12 students in the Ceres Unified School District began April 20.

“The biggest difference between Phases 1 and 2 is that we ask teachers to teach one to two lessons per week, per subject,” said CUSD Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Amy Peterman. “We asked teachers to check in at least once a week with their students. It can be a phone call, a Zoom call or an email. We’re also trying to make sure that every family that doesn’t have internet at home has free Wi-Fi access.”

Peterman helped create CUSD’s distance learning plan, which relies heavily on the use of online educational tools such as Google Classroom, Zoom Video Conferencing and Clever. CUSD provided all of its students with Google Chromebooks earlier this year.

A 4.0 GPA student since her second year, Ceres High Siriana Gudino takes care of her two younger siblings before devoting time to academics.

“I do my homework at night when everyone is asleep and the house is quiet,” she said.

Gudino’s class schedule includes health, AP literature, economics, video production, and pre-calculus. She is a fourth period teacher’s aide.

“It’s hard to understand that we won’t be going back to school,” she said. “I really miss being in class with other students and socializing. But I have the same mindset. Not wanting to fall behind motivates me. I don’t want COVID-19 to be the reason I’m ending my senior year badly.

Central Valley senior Aryanna Jimenez’s class schedule includes math, government, English, leadership, AP psychology and microbiology.

“I’m pretty focused and motivated,” Jimenez said. “I’m not a big procrastinator.”

Ceres High junior Visa Homsombath class schedule includes Spanish, English, History, Math, Biology and Bodybuilding.

“Communication between students and teachers is different,” noted Homsombath. “I watch teachers explain things about the Zoom live stream and take notes. I ask friends for help if I don’t understand what I’m supposed to do.

Ceres High senior Vianney Perez’s class schedule includes anatomy, finite math, government, English, leadership, and PALs (works with students with special needs).

“Our whole life changed in a few days,” Perez said. “It’s kind of crazy to think about it.”

“I would rather be at school with my classmates,” she added. “But it’s not too bad to do it (homework) at home. I have a routine. I wake up in the morning and try to do everything. You must hold yourself accountable for doing our job and not procrastinating.

Central Valley sophomore Gabrial Lopez’s class schedule includes Pre-AP English, Chemistry, World History, Math, Portuguese 2 and Animation.

“It’s definitely different,” Lopez said. “I definitely miss the daily interactions you have at school. You have to be motivated if you want to do the job and get good grades. All the teachers have been nice. They post everything on Google Classroom. Fridays and Sundays are homework deadlines.

Ceres High junior Amare Padilla’s class schedule includes math, biology, history, art, English, and bodybuilding.

“You have all day to do your job,” Padilla said. “For me personally, getting started is the hardest part. It’s tough. I do best with face-to-face learning.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CUSD trustees on Thursday unanimously approved a resolution that temporarily amends the board’s policy/bylaws regarding school instruction, student grading, and academic requirements. graduation.

The California Department of Education released guidelines on April 1 that state, in part, that the local education agency should weigh its policies through the lens of fairness and with the primary goal of not not harm the students.