Dear Granada Hills Charter Community:
We begin the 2020-21 school year like no other in our history. The summer months were spent planning for how we can best prepare our students and staff for the On-Line Distance Learning Program that began August 17, 2020, the first day of the school year. In the weeks leading up to the August 17 start date, our teachers participated in various professional development sessions focused on how to use new and familiar tools and strategies to enhance the On-Line Distance Learning program we are offering.
A new GHC webpage with important resources and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the On Line Distance Learning Program was launched in August. The webpage also includes the On-Line Distance Learning Program daily and weekly schedules for our grades TK-12 students.
Included with this communication are the daily and weekly schedules for the On Line Distance Learning Program. As you will see, each day includes a significant amount of live instruction and interaction between teacher and students, along with other learning activities and projects. In the afternoons, students will have access to various intervention and enrichment activities and supports, including tutoring, clubs, and academic and athletic team meetings The GHC curriculum and learning standards will be followed, and our teachers continue to work on innovative techniques and strategies to ensure that the On-Line Distance Learning Program is engaging and effective.
Although we are aware that on-line distance learning is not ideal for all students and families, we are committed to offering a high quality learning experience that provides the following:
- Live video instruction with pre-planned lessons and support
- Whole class check-ins
- Established office hours with teachers
- Consistent daily and weekly class schedule
- Consistent delivery platform for instruction and assignments
In addition to academic support, the social, emotional and physical well-being of our students remains a top priority. Now, more than ever, we are aware of differing family dynamics that include unemployment, food and health care insecurity, parents working full time as well as multiple jobs, and parents needing to assist their children in the learning process. It is a heavy lift for all of us.
All GHC staff – teachers, support staff, administrators – are here to assist where and when we are able. Please communicate regularly with our teachers, support staff, and administrators, informing us of your successes and challenges, what is working and what needs improvement, so that we can improve our practice and provide high quality service to you. We can and will be get through this together. Stay safe, healthy, and strong.
Brian Bauer, Executive Director