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 Both Models, Derived from Extensive Community Input, Balance Safety and the Educational, Social, Emotional and Developmental Learning Needs of All Students 

ELK GROVE, Calif. – July 10, 2020 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) will offer students two new educational models for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. A Transitional and Full Distance Learning model, which were designed with optimal best instructional practices in mind and extensive community input that balances safety and the educational, social, emotional and developmental learning needs of all students.

Providing a healthy and safe learning environment for students and staff is the District’s top priority and offering both educational models complies with state law that requires all districts to provide in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible and offers parents a better-than-before option for distance learning. All students will be assigned to the Transitional Model unless a parent actively selects the Full Distance Learning Model should they determine it is in the best interest of their child/ren and/or family for health considerations. 

Superintendent of Schools, Christopher R. Hoffman stated, “We want to see the full return of our students at every one of our schools and until we can get there, we have two educational models that will provide an exceptional educational experience for all students. We are thankful for the close collaboration with our staff, our labor groups, our community, the state and our county partners in helping us reach this point. We will continue to monitor the ever-changing health conditions and will focus on the needs of our students. I am confident in our staff, our students and our families to keep everyone safe and to heed the health and safety guidelines. Together we continue to find ways to best support our students, families and staff and we will be better than ever in the long run.” 

In a letter to parents from their school, the two new educational models for the 2020-21 school year will be provided and will include information on how parents can make their selection and/or contact their school. If families would like their child/ren to participate in Full Distance Learning, they may make their selection through the school’s student information system (ParentVue) and the selection should be made by Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Elk Grove Unified will consider changes at the end of the first trimester for all elementary schools and at the end of the first quarter for all secondary schools and based upon the health conditions, the educational plans are subject to change. Schools will contact families in the coming weeks regarding specific schedules and group/cohort assignments for the upcoming school year.

The following two new educational models and their respective schedules are outlined below:

  • Transitional Model The central component of the Transitional Model is in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible under existing health conditions and guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitation, and personal protective equipment. Future communications will be provided addressing these specific requirements. Please be aware that due to social distancing requirements, transportation services will be limited.

    • Elementary
      • Students in PreK will attend two to four days per week depending on the program in which they are enrolled. 
      • Students in TK/Kindergarten classes will attend school in person, two days per week, three hours per day either in the morning or the afternoon. There will be a Tuesday/Thursday cohort and a Wednesday/Friday cohort. On days when students are not on campus, they will be engaged in distance learning.
      • Students in grades 1-6 will attend school in person four days per week, two hours and 50 minutes per day, Tuesday through Friday. Students will be assigned to an AM or PM cohort through a randomized process. EGUSD will make every effort to keep families together in the same cohort. In addition, students will receive independent practice throughout the week and distance learning on Mondays.


    • Secondary
      • Six-Period Traditional Schedule Schools (Middle schools: Katherine Albiani, Samuel Jackman, Joseph Kerr, and James Rutter; High schools: Elk Grove and Pleasant Grove)
        • Students attending traditional six-period schools complete six classes per semester. In the Transitional Model students will complete three classes the first nine weeks of the semester and complete three new classes the second nine weeks of the semester. This allows for greater student-teacher connection and increased focus time on specific classes.
        • Students will attend two days per week, three 80-minute periods per day, either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday. On days they are not on campus, they will engage in distance learning.
      • Block Schedule Schools (Middle schools: Harriet Eddy, Edward Harris, Jr., Toby Johnson, Elizabeth Pinkerton, and T.R. Smedberg; High schools: Cosumnes Oaks, Florin, Franklin, Laguna Creek, Monterey Trail, Sheldon, and Valley)
        • Students attending block schedule schools will continue to complete four classes every nine weeks.
        • Students will attend two days per week, four 75-minute periods per day, either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday. On days they are not on campus, they will engage in distance learning.
      • Alternative Education Schools (Calvine, Daylor, Rio Cazadero)
        • Students will attend four days per week, two 55-minute periods per day, in an AM/PM schedule, Tuesday through Friday. Students will also engage in daily distance learning.
  • Full Distance Learning Available through the school of attendance, the student, teacher/s, and other applicable staff, are connected virtually. Instruction is a balance of live, virtual instruction and recorded, previously posted lessons. Distance learning will be provided during the regularly scheduled hours of the school of attendance. Extra/co-curricular opportunities are available through the school of attendance.

    • Students who participate in distance learning will receive direct, synchronous (live) teaching via an online platform to include full class sessions, small group sessions and, on an as-needed basis, individual sessions with their teacher. Synchronous sessions will be scheduled and communicated in advance, and will take into consideration a student’s age and grade level.
    • Students will also have access to guided independent practice posted lessons, previously recorded videos, or other learning materials which can be viewed and completed during flexible hours. Assignment due dates will be clearly defined and communicated by the teacher/s.
    • Services and instruction for English Learners will be provided. Instructional accommodations and modifications, along with accompanying related services will be provided to the greatest extent possible to special education students.

About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.


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